It is hard to believe, but I have been having so much trouble trying to work out exactly how to use my greenhouse.
It seems like ages since I last posted, but I’ve been a bit distracted. With the US elections happening in the last week we have been watching very closely.
I can’t lie, but I am so glad Trump is gone. He was setting up Australia to end up in Trade Wars with China. Our government has been lapdogs to the US President for so many years, but with Trump it was getting dangerous. We were shooting ourselves in the foot to make Trump look good, what the hell were we thinking?
We hope with Biden as President that Australia will have a brighter future as well. I love my country, but I hate seeing where our current leaders are taking us.
Now back to the blog, or rather my life in my home.
Trying to use a greenhouse
Now, let’s talk about this.
I bought a mini greenhouse in winter to try and grow mushrooms in it. At the time I thought it could be good because then I could also raise seeds with it.
So over the last few months, I have been trying to use it. The first place I had it, well it didn’t get a lot of sun. So I moved it where it would get a lot more.
But do I leave it open, close it up, how do I get the humidity in there. Melbourne is not a very humid city. We get some, but not a lot. Our climate is a lot drier.
There are lots, but the biggest issues I have is where to find information on how to use a greenhouse.
When you go searching there is lots of information on how to put seeds in punnets for it. Or you can find out what is the best type of greenhouse to use, but how to actually use it, well I’m stumped.
It is almost impossible to find any information.
It gets so hot here in Melbourne and not to mention that we have a hole in the ozone over us. What that generally means is that the sun is really scorching. It is very hard to stand in the sun in the summer. You can feel the sun burning your skin. It is terrible.
It wasn’t like that when I was a kid. So the big question becomes how do I protect my plants from it?
In the greenhouse, it gets really hot regardless if I have the flap open or not. I have tried searching everywhere for information, but as I said before, that is hard to find.
Trial and Error
It seems that trial and error is going to be the way to go as I’m trying to work out how to use my greenhouse. So far the trials have not been great, and the errors huge. Some things have grown, while others started and then just died. I’m watering everything in there on a regular basis, so that isn’t the problem.
The latest thing I’m trying is a piece of white cloth over the top. So the harsh midday sun will be diffused for the plants in it. I’m leaving the flap down, but have it unzipped. Here take a look.
I am really hoping this works. The cloth should cut out a lot of the harsh light, well that is what I am hoping.
Check out these punnets.
They are in the sun, but the light is diffused. I really hope this works.
What about you?
Have you used a greenhouse in a country with harsh conditions?
I don’t want to do grow lights, they are expensive and I don’t really think I have anywhere to put them right now. I need help.