Author: desertgreenhouseguide

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Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima Sweet alyssum is a cute little ground cover plant. The plant itself grows densely and is covered in tightly backed flower stems that are typically white, pink or purple. It is a Mediterranean native is very quick to flower. Classification: Annual, Readily reseeds Height: 4-5 inches Sow: Spring after the last frost Light: Full sun […]

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Violas

Viola Related to pansies, violas are the small flowers that are tough despite their appearance. Classification: Most Varieties Perennial, Usually grown as Annuals Height: Typically up to 6 inches Sow: Indoors for spring transplants, or fall for southern states. Light: Full sun to partial sun, but will grow in partial shade. Most varieties hardy in […]

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Do-It-Yourself Greenhouse Cover

Since moving back to the city, I made the decision that the greenhouse would be closed up during the summer months.  We felt it was important to cover the greenhouse to minimize the amount of heat gain and to protect the polycarbonate. Although it is entirely feasible to run the greenhouse during the summer (I […]

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Getting Rid of Pesky White Flies

I was pleasantly surprised walking into a large department discount store and finding insecticidal soap sitting at the end of an aisle in the garden center.  Insecticidal soap is a fantastic organic, non-toxic pest control product, and I couldn’t have found it at a better time since white flies just took up residence in my […]

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Controlling Thrips in the Greenhouse

I recently underwent a battle in the greenhouse against thrips.  Let me tell you, these little guys are destructive and tough to get rid off, but it can be done organically!  The difficulty comes in that they lay their eggs in the soil so breaking the cycle is the tricky part. Thrips are tiny little […]

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Vinegar Weed Killer

The discovery that weeds like it outside the south wall of the greenhouse.  So, today I took a spray bottle of vinegar to them and had at it!  They are small enough that it should only take the one application to get rid of them.  All I had was household vinegar which is diluted, but […]

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Building and Using a Compost Bin

My husband and I got plans from Lowes.com, however a quick search in Google for “compost bin plans” will yield a good number of sources for plans.  For our compost bin, we had to make a few substitutions as some of the materials were not available in our rural town.  That’s the beauty of building your […]

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Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary grows into a very woody shrub and is native to the Mediterranean.  Both fresh and dried leaves are used in cooking.  The foliage is very aromatic and the shrub blooms repeatedly. Classification: Perennial Height: 3 to 4 feet Sow: Heavily due to poor germination rate. Germination Time: 14-21 days, may take longer. […]

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Basil

Ocimum basilicum Also know as Sweet Basil.  Basil is used in cooking generally right before serving the dish as cooking quickly kills the flavor of basil leaves. Classification: Perennial in hot locations, Annual if frost Height: 12-40 inches Sow: Late Winter or Early Spring after danger of frost, 1/4 inch deep Germination Time: 7 to […]

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Chives, Common

Allium schoenoprasum Chives are a member of the onion family!  Chives form a bulb and the green stems are used in many prepared dishes. Flowers pale purple flowers form from April to May.  Green stems die back in the late fall down to the bulb and will grow new leaves in the early spring. Classification: […]