Buying Your Dream Greenhouse

My greenhouse is from BC Greenhouse Builders
Thinking of buying a greenhouse? Wondering what you need to know to make sure you get the greenhouse of your dreams?

1. Questions to ask yourself
To build yourself or to buy a kit? Do your research as there are pros and cons to both. Check out the greenhouse kits that are on the market, what they have and why. Consider how you would implement these accessories into your home made version. Looking cute and charming is not enough, you need it to function well, also.

What materials to build your greenhouse from? This depends on your budget, your climate, and what you want to do in the greenhouse. Will an unheated coldframe or hoophouse work for your purposes, or do you need a heated greenhouse?

Do you tend to get lots of snow? heavy wet snow? high winds? extreme cold? extreme heat? Do you need it to be sturdy? What kind of a frame will you require to hold up to the conditions? Pvc, aluminum, steel, or wood? The pitch of the roof is a considerat…

January Gardening Ramblings

January... the month of planning and dreaming... 

I spend most of my days in the office this time of year... ordering seeds, setting up spring workshops, garden planning, filing, organising....

Listening to gardening podcasts and audio books sure helps make office cleaning more interesting.

What do we gardeners do this month? 

Go through seed catalogues, make lists of old favourites and add a couple of new things to try this year ... a different carrot, a coloured cauliflower, an heirloom that you have never grown before. You just never know, it may become a new must-have in your garden.

Go through your seed stash, make notes of what you have and what you need. Take the list with you to the Seedy Saturdays and Sundays. I go in armed with a list and a budget to limit impulse purchases. It is super easy to get carried away at the 'Seedy Days', picking up way more seeds than one actually has room for in the garden, or time enough to sow and grow.

Do up your garden plan. Order seed…

A Year In My Greenhouse

A year in my greenhouse ... Every month in the greenhouse is brings on something new, with lots of changes. 

January ... Baby, it's cold outside.... 

But, all is tranquil, warm, and toasty within. The calm before the storm.    

February ... and so it begins. 
Greenhouse workshops have begun.  The greenhouse is still fairly empty of plants and seedlings 
... room for folks to come on in and play...  
Is the beginning of seeding, cuttings, and potting up time.  
March... things are starting to get a bit crazy!  Seeding is in full swing, plus transplanting hundreds of little seedlings into their own pots. 

The greenhouse is full to the brim with plants, and more plants.  They are everywhere... on the floor, on the tables, even stacked upon each other.
No more room for people or in-greenhouse workshops. 

April... is quite honestly, just a bit insane!  Doing tons and tons of transplanting. 

Whew, just a couple of weeks later...  ...the transplanting is done, hanging basket workshops have begun!  Yay, what…