Friday, August 29, 2008

Nothing Beats an Orchid Greenhouse

Nothing beats an orchid greenhouse. But, there are other avenues to growing. The cool night weather has really revived my nasturtium plants. I’d almost forgotten they were there. Now they’re the first orange and golds of fall. It’s been awhile since I’ve had to purchase seeds of nasturtium. They’re so large, it always seems a shame not to scoop some up and save them to plant next year. They don't even need to be started indoors.

When we plant our gardens, we like vegetables. Roses are nice to look at, and smell. But I like to eat what I grow. And roses don’t taste very good. Ah, what else can I say about planting. Hydroponics is a good way to grow.

As the fall weather approaches, we begin to think about what we need to do to protect our garden from the colder weather. The biggest danger to outdoor plants and flowers as the nights begin to grow longer and colder is frost. Frost is a huge risk to your garden as it will quickly kill your beautiful blooms and possibly, any fall vegetables that you have planted. Here are a few quick tips on how to protect your garden from frost this fall. Start your orchid greenhouse this month.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

What you need to know about building your own Orchid Greenhouse

5 things you absolutely must know about building your own orchid greenhouse!
- and a little bit more on the side, for the truly passionate

You've loved orchids for your whole life, always giving them as gifts instead of regular flowers, maybe you even had your own potted orchids. Since you're so passionate, and you've clearly got the know-how, why not start your own home business as an orchid cultivator?

But first things first. Before you can sell all those beautiful orchids, you must first build a greenhouse for them. Not only that, but you'll have to make sure you can afford growing them. It's not just a matter of putting them in the ground and then harvesting them, you have to take care of them like they were your children. Special types of soil are required, special growth ingredients, and so on. So, before you jump in head first, ask yourself this: “Am I ready to grow my own orchids? Do I have the money needed, the will power required and the crucial knowledge?” If you answered “yes,” then read on. If not, you might want to wait for a while before building your own orchid greenhouse.

So, if you've got all it takes, then it's time to build! Check out these 5 easy steps that will get you closer to your dream:

1. Buy the much needed building materials. I'd go for fiberglass panels, the corrugated kind, with some plastic sheeting and home insulation. These should be the basics, and they're pretty cheap.

2. Make the plan for the orientation of the greenhouse, the foundation and what type of flooring you're gonna have. This is crucial, as the success or failure of the project will depend on your choices now.

3. Make a blueprint of the orchid greenhouse, and also keep a separate journal for extra info, such as how you want the greenhouse partitioned, what are the growing zones and what height will the construction have.

4. It's now time for specifics! How will you make the lower wall? Will you glaze it, or will you keep it covered? What about benching? Also, don't forget to include a storage area for all the pots you're gonna be using.

5. Last, but not least, you should take care of the exterior environment. After all, you want your orchid greenhouse to get as much sun as possible, so clean up the area around it, make sure there's nothing keeping shade over it.

There you have it, the 5 steps that will get you closer than ever to building your dream orchid greenhouse. But remember, building the thing is only half the battle. The other half is taking real care of the orchids, since they're delicate, sensible flowers, and any miscalculation or fault in the greenhouse will affect their quality.

Any plant growing business is no easy job, and if you're uncertain if you can handle it or not, our advice would be to hire professionals, as paying them will guarantee you a good job. Good luck with your orchid greenhouse!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Orchid Greenhouse Information Page

Welcome to my orchid greenhouse blog. The goal is to build out information on plants, growing plants, and specifically using things like an orchid greenhouse to start your plants and grow them into beautiful plants. Starting and maintaining an orchid greenhouse is a fun activity for the whole family. I would love to get feedback from any horticulturalist interested in writing about an orchid greenhouse, too.