Growing under the cover of a greenhouse is a little different than traditional outdoor gardening. The sun will provide light and some heat, but as a greenhouse gardener, it’s up to you to give your plants everything else they need while serving as a pest and problem watchdog. There are benefits to completely controlling the growing environment. It’s possible to provide exactly the right amount of moisture and nutrients. And unlike growing outside, you can control, or at least influence, the temperature.
As in the garden, the soil is very important. Make sure to use sterile, high-quality potting soil that drains well in the greenhouse. The growing medium that holds too much water, causes plant roots to suffocate and increases the possibility of seedlings and plants rotting at the soil line or crown which is known as dampening-off. Lightweight potting soil allows plant roots access to air.
Regular feeding of balanced fertilizer is even more important in the greenhouse than in the garden. Topsoil microorganisms make nutrients for plants growing in the ground, but even when using potting soil with added fertilizer, nutrients are used up or washed out of the growing medium within a matter of weeks. When fertilizing seedlings, use a dilute mixture until the seedlings have grown for several weeks.
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