The cold winter can affect more than our moods and aching backs. Dieting has always been a battle during the winter months, mostly due to the convenience of less healthy, ready-made foods; and the lack of quality seasonal produce at the market that our bodies benefit from in the summer. However, with a lot less effort than most think – you can enjoy the comfort, convenience and health benefits of having produce readily available nearby in your own greenhouse kit.
With some proper attention to detail, a greenhouse kit in the winter can provide all of the benefits and satisfaction of a greenhouse garden in the warm weather. Here are some important tips and facts to consider when growing herbs, fruit and vegetables in the winter with your greenhouse kit:
- Consider an artificial light source to compensate for darker days during the winter months
- Occasionally wipe-down the interior walls of the greenhouse to allow more sunlight in
- Have a back-up heating plan in case your primary source of heat breaks down
- ‘Patience is key’ but consider that if results are not being achieved, you may want to re-work your arrangement(s), heating method or even plant new or different crops
- Research the proper method(s) and time periods to plant certain crops. Lettuce and Spinach, for example, hold true through cooler planting months like January while Tomatoes and Cucumbers are better suited to a late-winter month like April
- Replenish tired soil with composting from the previous summer’s harvest
- Speak with an expert about air ventilation and routinely monitor it
Some of the easiest and more popular vegetables to grow over the winter are: Arugula, Cabbage, Sweet and Hot Peppers, Chives, Broccoli, Garlic, Lettuce and Asparagus. These vegetables, among many others, are able to thrive in cooler settings because the plants do not require much more care than adequate water, modest sunlight, relatively warm temperatures, and good-quality soil. The variety of vegetables and fruit able to grow over the winter in greenhouse kits still require individual maintenance needs, yet boast well for success if properly attended to.
There are incredible communities of gardeners out there who are just like you! Share ideas on how to make the most of your greenhouse kit over the winter. Discuss tips and strategies for achieving better crop results with local experts and connect with others over social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
(NORTHGLENN, CO) April 7, 2011 – Congratulations to LIFT – Levántate of San Rafael, California (www.lift-levantate.org), for winning the 2011 Community Garden Greenhouse Give-A-Way Contest. The non-profit organization will receive a free Cultivator Premier Greenhouse Kit for its community garden courtesy of National Greenhouse Co.
Applicants submitted an essay explaining the positive influences their community garden is currently having on volunteers and the community it serves. The essay deadline was February 28th and the winner was announced on March 15th. The contest winner was selected by a panel of management at National Greenhouse Co.
Richard Waxman, Executive Director and Community Advocate for LIFT – Levántate, was thrilled about the news and spoke about the opportunities the Cultivator Premier Greenhouse Kit will create for the community.
“A greenhouse kit will provide a prime teaching venue for us to offer and conduct our afterschool and community education workshops – year-round – on topics such as grafting, seed germination, transplanting, and more.”
LIFT – Levántate’s afterschool program at the Manzanita Child Development Center in Marin City, CA, serves children in grades 2-6 from low-income families and various ethnicities. The program utilizes what is called the “Fun Theory” to help develop physical ability and social and emotional confidence. The program focuses on nutrition, gardening, cooking, physical activity and transferable life skills to encourage positive social, physical and emotional growth. The greenhouse will enhance the program’s current organic garden which makes cooking and nutrition classes possible; and provide work experience for teens and community members to develop peer leadership skills.
National Greenhouse Co. would like to thank all of the applicants who took the time to submit their thoughtful stories; as well as acknowledge all of the proactive communities and volunteers across the nation who work to preserve and better community gardens.