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76. Tips and Tricks in the Garden
While each of us has our own methods, tricks and secrets in gardening I would like to share a couple with you that I have been using for some time now. While these may seem elementary, the new gardener will love to hear some of these ideas for using the greenhouse, so here it goes! Donít forget, although we all live in a variety of temperature zones, many of use actually do grow similar plants.
At the end of February when you are trying to start your inpatients you should keep them covered with a couple of layers of newspapers to keep them warm and to keep the sunlight out for about three days. When you uncover them and keep them out of the direct sunlight they will germinate better for you. Many gardeners have a hard time starting inpatients and this method seems to work rather well.
When you are growing plants and the weather is getting colder, you can use rotting manure (placing the manure and then the dirt and then another layer of manure) to keep your plants warm. This works best in large areas and can help boost your vegetable when they are growing as well as keeping the area warm!
If you are thinking about using straw under your greenhouse to keep it warm Ė donít. The straw will rot away and become a Ďbedí for pests and bugs, which can then invade your greenhouse. If you must use something, use blocks, bricks or cement to absorb the heat and you can use plastic to stop water.
Do not use latex paints in the greenhouse, or anywhere around your plants for that matter. Chemicals in the latex paint can prove fatal for many types of plants. When protecting your wood shelving in the greenhouse use a stain or oil based paint to protect your plants.
During the heat of the summer, donít forget you need to water you plants in the early morning so they have time to absorb the water before the sun comes out in full force for the day. If you water your plants in the middle of the day the sunlight will Ďburní your plants.
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