Expert Advice on Greenhouse Growing

Learn about this expert advice on greenhouse growing. You’ll be amazed by the many uses of a backyard greenhouse. Not only can you use it to grow crops in cold weather to extend the growing season, you can also use it to provide food and shelter for poultry and livestock. Another benefit of the greenhouse is that it’s a great place to put worm bins.



A greenhouse can be small enough to fit in a corner of your garden, or large enough for a market gardener, as shown here.
A greenhouse can be small enough to fit in a corner of your garden, or large enough for a market gardener, as shown here.
Photo by Jason Houston
Inside the author’s backyard greenhouse: The wooden pathway covers the worm bins, and there are chicken pens by the door.
Inside the author’s backyard greenhouse: The wooden pathway covers the worm bins, and there are chicken pens by the door.
Photo by Harvey Ussery
Brace your greenhouse to protect it from heavy snow. Ussery uses 2-by-4s as braces — the arrow points to a hole drilled into the board that the bolt slides into.
Brace your greenhouse to protect it from heavy snow. Ussery uses 2-by-4s as braces — the arrow points to a hole drilled into the board that the bolt slides into.
Photo by Harvey Ussery
Ussery harvests worms from his greenhouse worm bins to feed to the chickens.
Ussery harvests worms from his greenhouse worm bins to feed to the chickens.  
Photo by Harvey Ussery
This “hot box” protects plants that need warmer temperatures to thrive.
This “hot box” protects plants that need warmer temperatures to thrive.  
Photo by Harvey Ussery
A greenhouse can be great winter housing for poultry or pigs.
A greenhouse can be great winter housing for poultry or pigs. 
Photo by George DeVault
Plant salad greens in the fall, then harvest them fresh all winter.
Plant salad greens in the fall, then harvest them fresh all winter.
Photo by David Cavagnaro











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