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5 inexpensive indoor greenhouses your plants will love

Many plants can be fickle and grow only under certain conditions. To thrive during seasons that they don’t typically grow, you need a controlled environment. Greenhouses are the perfect way to create year-round growing conditions for flowers, vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants. Having one in your house isn’t always easy, but it can be done.

There are indoor greenhouse kits that can fit practically everyone’s homes and lifestyles in today’s age of plenty. If you’re ready to learn more about five of the best indoor greenhouses you can purchase for less than a hundred dollars, let’s begin.

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Pure Garden 3-Tier Greenhouse

With this greenhouse, you can take care of all your little seedlings and hard to care for plants with no problem. Made of solid steel tubing, the Pure Garden 3-Tier Greenhouse can easily withstand heavy potted plants’ weight. As its name implies, it has three shelving tiers that give you more than enough space to grow just about whatever you want.

Heat is trapped inside by the greenhouse’s PVC cover. Of course, it’s that heat that allows you to grow summer plants in the middle of winter. There’s a door in the cover, which opens and closes with a zipper. In addition, the entry includes straps so you can tie it out of the way when you want unobstructed access to your plants.

Best Choice Products 40 inch Wide 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse

Many consider this 40 inch Wide 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse to be the perfect grow space due to its PE cover, which helps prevent sunburn and frost. (Of course, you don’t have to worry about either if you’re using this within the confines of your home.) Still, you’ll find that you’re able to control the temperature and moisture levels within whether you actually place the greenhouse inside your home or not.

Made of flexible material, the cover has four separate zippers that allow you to manage airflow easily. Moreover, like the greenhouse previously mentioned, it too has straps that allow you to tie portions of the cover aside. You’ll have access to your plants from any side of the greenhouse you wish!

You can put the steel frame together with PVC connectors, and there are a set of 16 shelf clips, which help to keep the greenhouse’s shelves in place.

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Ohuhu Mini Greenhouse

Now, this mini greenhouse is built rugged. It’s designed to withstand a bit rougher treatment than those we’ve talked about so far. So, if you’re looking for something you can put right outside your backdoor, on your porch, urban patio, or deck, then this is a great option for you. Regardless of where you put it, it’s great for protecting your plants from the wind, rain, and snow.

This greenhouse has four shelves where you can place the plants you want to grow, your gardening tools, and other necessary supplies. Due to its size, this mini greenhouse is also better for seedlings and smaller plants.

KOKSRY Greenhouse

Now, the KOKSRY Greenhouse is a portable one. That means it was purposely designed so that you can conveniently move it from one place to another without a hassle. This is also the choice for you if one of your primary concerns is sustainability through the use of environmentally friendly materials. Both the greenhouse’s non-woven cover and PE cloth are eco-friendly and allow the structure to adapt to various weather conditions.

One other important benefit: you don’t need any additional tools to construct it after purchase.

SunBlaster SL1611206 Grow Home Seedling Propagation Beginner Kit

This is a pretty cool product if we do say so ourselves. The SunBlaster SL1611206 allows the home gardener to grow all kinds of seedlings without ever stepping outside. It combines light and heat from the bottom to provide you with first-rate seed germination. Not just that, but the SunBlaster spreads light across the entire plant canopy through the use of a state-of-the-art NanoTech reflector.

Unlike the other greenhouses on this list, this one also includes a heat mat designed to keep your plants warm throughout the year. Due to higher technology levels used in making the SunBlaster, this greenhouse is the most expensive, yet only costs $84.99.

You can buy this well-designed greenhouse here.

Whether you’re new or experienced, purchasing a mini indoor greenhouse is a great investment, especially if you reside in a suburban or urban environment. Even if you live out in the country, you may not want to invest in a large greenhouse that takes up valuable real estate. After all, indoor greenhouses are super easy to set up, and maintaining them is a breeze!

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A complete guide to cleaning your greenhouse for beginners

When you first installed your greenhouse, it probably looked like a glittery glass castle for your lovely plants to grow and live in. However, weather, soil spills, and birds have made their mark on your greenhouse over time and now it's probably looking cloudy and nasty. So how do you clean a greenhouse?
Why worry about a clean greenhouse?
You may be wondering if you even need to worry about cleaning your greenhouse. If you don't mind the dirty look, maybe you could leave it as it is? Unfortunately, it's much better for your greenhouse and your plants if you give the greenhouse a deep clean at least once a year. It'll make it easier to use when it is clean and organized, and the walls of the greenhouse need to be clear so they can let in as much light as possible. Additionally, a clean greenhouse is less likely to spread pests and diseases to your precious plants. And lastly, things last longer when you care for them and greenhouses aren't cheap.

When should you clean a greenhouse?
There's no right time to clean a greenhouse; whenever you can is better than not at all. However, we suggest cleaning it when there isn't so much to do in the garden and it isn't so hot out. Usually, the fall is when the garden chores slow down and it starts to cool out, making cleaning the greenhouse much easier on you.
What is the best way to clean a greenhouse?
You can use whatever cleaning method works for you, but here is our step-by-step process that we recommend.
Step one: Empty the space
Of course, we know you can only empty a greenhouse so much if you have tender plants that need to stay warm. But as much as you can, take out the tools, buckets, and bags of soil. It will be much easier on you if you don't have to fuss with items in your way as you clean the walls and floors. This also allows you to go through what you have and declutter if necessary.
Step two: Rough dusting
Over the season, spiders and bugs and maybe even some mice have tried to make homes in your greenhouse. This has probably led to a few cobwebs and dust piles around the corners. You'll want to remove these large areas of debris before you start the deep cleaning. Use a broom to knock down the cobwebs and sweep up the floor; you've probably spilled some soil during the summer!
Step three: Clean the walls
The panels of your greenhouse will now need to be deep cleaned. You can use a bucket of warm water and a sponge to wipe them down, but we also recommend bringing a long-handled brush to make life easier. This way, you can dip the brush into the bucket of soapy water and scrub down the walls with the long-handled brush. You'll be able to reach every inch of the walls without killing your back.

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When and how to transplant tomato plants for the best results
baby tomato plants

There's a time in every gardener's life when they try to grow their own veggie plants from seed. This is a gratifying process, and there are many benefits to growing your own seed starts. One of those benefits is bigger and healthier plants. By growing your own baby tomato plants, you can ensure that the plants are well cared for, never given anything you don't want them to have, and transplanted in just the right way at just the right time for optimal plant health. So how do you transplant tomato plants to ensure they're happy and healthy and live to produce lots of yummy tomatoes for your home?

How do you transplant a grown tomato plant?
If you've never transplanted tomatoes before, the idea can be intimidating. You have all these tiny plants that you've cared for over the last several weeks, and now it's time to pluck them out of their nursery pots and plop them into the outside soil where they're exposed to sun, weather, and critters. Luckily, you've cared for them so well that they're healthy and robust plants that will be able to handle anything nature throws at them.
Step one: Harden the plants
Hardening the plants is a term gardeners use when talking about the process of acclimating a greenhouse-grown plant to outside conditions. Typically it refers to sunlight, but it could also refer to wind and other weather that could harm the plant. About a week before you're ready to transplant, you'll want to harden your baby tomato plants by exposing them to sunlight at increasing increments each day. For example, day one should be about 30 minutes, then 45, then 50, and so on until the day of transplanting. If you don't do this, you'll risk your plant being burnt and killed when you transplant it outside.
Step two: Don't water the plants
Before you start pulling little plants out of their pots, you mustn't water the plants a few days before transplanting. Wet soil can make the transplanting process much harder on you and the plant. Dry soil falls away easier and is less likely to break off roots as you move the plants to their new home.
Step three: Prepare the new soil
The new location for your tomato plants will need to be prepped before you get all those babies out of their homes. Whether you are planting into the ground, a raised bed, or a pot, you'll want to amend the soil to guarantee that the plant has many nutrients to soak up. It also is easier if you dampen the soil right before transplanting. Damp soil is much more manageable and more easily manipulated around the plant.
Step four: Plant deeply
As you gently pull out the baby tomato plants, you'll want to shake off the old soil to expose the roots. This will ensure the plant has access to the new soil and nutrients you're about to provide it with. 

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5 outdoor living trends that will totally improve your 2022
women outside sitting

After being stuck in our homes the last two years, we've started to realize that making our homes into a lovely place to be is very important. However, we can only stay inside for so long before we ache for sunshine and nature. Turning your outdoor space into a haven where you can escape the indoors and enjoy some fresh air will improve your 2022 no matter what it throws at us. So here are some ways to spruce up your outdoor living space so you can enjoy the spring when it finally comes back around.

Bring indoor luxuries to an outdoor space
The best way to encourage yourself to go outside more often is to make it as comfortable as possible. So often, we choose indoor seating instead of going outside simply because that huge sectional is way more comfortable to lounge on. So instead, invest in comfortable seating, plenty of surfaces for drinks and electronics, and maybe even purchase some umbrellas or awnings so you can sit outside even if it's lightly raining. Making an easy transition from indoors to outdoors will encourage everyone in the home to come out more often and enjoy the space.
Vertical gardening
Not everyone has the luxury of having an expansive backyard. If you're struggling to know what to do with your smaller space, but you know you want more plants and gardening opportunities, try vertical gardening! This is where you take a wall of your deck or fence and grow plants one on top of the other. You might have seen these as living walls or those DIY projects with pallets and herbs. Either way, growing flowers or veggies vertically allows you to garden without taking up precious space in your smaller yard.
Outdoor office
Many of us spend a lot of time inside at our desks. If you were lucky enough to work from home the last few years, you might have a pretty decent setup for your home office. However, spending all day inside when the weather is excellent can be depressing, and if you're home, why not take advantage of the opportunity and create an outdoor office space? This allows you to keep working while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Endless studies are proving that getting outside more often improves mental and physical health!

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