Gardening can be a rewarding activity, whether or not you have a green thumb. Cultivating and growing plants offers benefits to your physical and mental health. It can help reduce stress, improve mood, and lower blood pressure, among others.
With a greenhouse, you can enjoy this activity even further because you can do it year round. This is especially true of structures that feature smart technologies. Some greenhouses, for example, come with automated window shades and blinds, which let you control the amount of sunlight that enters the transparent structure.
Access Fresh Produce All Year
A greenhouse garden gives you access to fresh produce at any time. Since you grow your own plants, you’re sure that they are safe and have fewer pesticide residues. Organically produced crops can contain more nutrients, like vitamin C, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus compared with conventionally produced products.
Additionally, having access to fresh food is a major cost-saver. You don’t have to buy ingredients that you can easily grow, such as tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, or herbs. You can also plant several herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of your dishes. The herbs you can grow indoors include:
Pest Invasion and Extreme Weather
One of the challenges in gardening is dealing with pests. They can cause severe damage to your plants and ruin your garden. The most common pests you might encounter are the following:
- Aphids – they suck out sap from plant tissues.
- Cutworms – one-inch moth larvae that usually attack the stems of plants.
- Slugs – they eat any garden plant mostly at night.
- Scales – they can turn foliage to yellow, and drop off as well as suck plant sap and weaken plants.
- Spider mites -they destroy a plant’s vitality by turning yellow, brown, or gray until they drop off.
- Japanese beetles – these insects skeletonize leaves and eat the flowers.
- Whiteflies – these insects weaken plant growth. They also leave honeydew that causes fungal disease on leaves.
- Squash bugs – these pests are usually present in squash and pumpkins where they suck juices and wilt plants.
- Squash vine borers – these feed on stems, causing plants to wilt and eventually die.
- Tomato Hornworm – they eat the leaves of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and potatoes.
Each pest has different effects on plants. They have various ways of attacking, as well. That’s why the method of elimination may vary based on their characteristics. Preventive measures, however, will allow you to keep them out of your greenhouse.
In addition to pests, extreme weather can also affect the health of your plants. Some plants may thrive in cool weather while others require more sunlight than most plants. And then some plants can’t survive a cold temperature. It’s critical to learn which plants have a high tolerance for extreme weather patterns. In doing so, you’ll be able to provide each one with adequate care.
And the best way to ensure that your plants receive the right temperature levels at the right time is to build a smart greenhouse.
Protect Your Plants with a Greenhouse
Conservatory Craftsmen’s luxury greenhouses are designed with advanced technology that makes gardening manageable, and not just enjoyable. Our exquisite structures feature automation and climate control technologies, creating an optimal growing environment for your plants.
We’ll look after the entire process, from design to the completion of the project, to bring you a greenhouse that meets your standards.
Contact us to know more about our services.