This Month in the Garden (March 2010)...
can extend the gardening season, sheltering tender seedlings from cool
spring temperatures as well as protecting plants from early frosts in
varieties of fruit trees developed for containers can also get off to a
quick start with the help of a greenhouse.
Figs and nectarines can be stored in an unheated garage during
the winter and then transferred to a greenhouse when their buds begin to
swell. The flowers open
before itís warm outside but with the help of a small paint brush the
flowers can be hand pollinated. The
trees move outside when summer arrives.
Many years, two crops of figs can be harvested with the extra
growing time provided by the greenhouse.
Homeowners who donít want to add a permanent structure to their yard can find collapsible greenhouses in farm catalogs and big box stores. These can be stored when the weather warms up although they do need to be securely anchored when in use to withstand the wind.
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