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September 2005

Bugs and Greenhouses: Keeping the Bugs Out

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The insects and mites that could become a problem in your greenhouse live on plants. If you bring plants into your greenhouse from a friend’s greenhouse or even your own yard, the pests could travel along with them. It is difficult to impossible to make sure there are no hitchhikers on plants that you bring in.

Greenhouse Plant Growing Systems

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Whatever the growing system used, plant roots need oxygen. Oxygen is used in the root for respiration of photosynthate – the process that releases the energy needed by the root to take in the water and nutrients and to send them up to the rest of the plant.
Some plants, like rice and cattails, have roots that can get enough oxygen while growing in standing water. However, most of the plants we grow in the greenhouse have higher oxygen requirements than what is available when the roots are submerged in stagnant water.

The Greenhouse: Growing Environment or Battleground?

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Changes in seasons bring about changes in the external and internal environments of the greenhouse. These changes compel the grower to view things inside and outside the greenhouse differently. Although the idea is to attempt to keep the environment inside the greenhouse uniform, the way to accomplish this will change from one season to the next. Things that were previously outside may suddenly want to migrate indoors. You or your friends may even want to move some outside plants into the greenhouse.

Paths to Success in the First Hobby Greenhouse

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You've decided to take the plunge and purchase a hobby greenhouse. Once you’ve received and constructed it, it’s time to get it ready for plants and for making decisions on what you want to grow. It is likely that your list of plants to be grown and things to be done in the greenhouse can be unrealistically long. The information here is intended to help you take a realistic approach. There are many variables in what is realistic. These include the background and experience of the individual grower, the available time they have and what they expect from the project. The following guidelines and suggestions may help the new grower set realistic goals and expectations, which are more likely to result in a satisfying growing experience.