Even if you don’t have the smallest piece of land, this is not a reason to give up your own greens and early vegetables. Our tips site will show and tell you how you can organize a mini-greenhouse on the balcony, loggia and just the windowsill of the most ordinary apartment.
The portal wrote a lot about greenhouses, how to make them with your own hands. Now let’s talk specifically about mini-greenhouses, which will not take up much space, but will allow you to grow greens, vegetables and other plants at home, right on the balcony or loggia. The main difference from an ordinary greenhouse is that the soil is in pots, flowerpots, boxes, the presence of which you will have to worry about.
For the rest, you can build a wooden or metal frame with your own hands, on which an ordinary plastic film will be stretched. The dimensions of the structure must correspond to the volume of a flowerpot or box with soil.
You can just buy such a ready-made metal rack with so-called soft windows, simply plastic curtains. Conveniently, a lot of containers with flowers, herbs and vegetable seedlings will fit. There is such a greenhouse rack measuring 0.5×0.7×1.58 meters 1900 rubles.
Alternatively, the same rack, but already covered with a mesh film, and not with soft plastic curtains.
Another type is greenhouse closets. Small but roomy and easy to use. Not only the doors open, but also the roof, and the pallets on the shelves will place many plants. They will be protected from cold by transparent or matte plastic, glass is rarely used now because of its fragility and high weight. Such mini-greenhouses cost about 1,500-2,000 rubles, depending on the material and size.
Mini greenhouses on wheels will be convenient to move if necessary. In addition, you can choose a more compact, not so tall option..
Another very budget and easy way to organize a mini greenhouse on the balcony is to use old window frames. Sometimes such designs look ugly, but they cope perfectly with protecting plants from the cold. Be sure to make one of the frames fully openable for easy care of the seedlings.
Despite all the convenience of mini-greenhouses, they can become a source of dirt on the balcony and loggia. You have to fiddle with the soil, replant, water regularly – this is not just work, but also the time spent cleaning after it.
Be sure to think about where you will store a supply of fertilizers and soil, tools and a watering can that will be required to care for plants.
If there is very little space for a greenhouse, you can use these plant houses that fit perfectly on the windowsill. Or just cover a flowerpot or drawer with plastic. Yes, you can’t grow tall tomatoes in such a greenhouse, but fresh herbs all year round for the whole family are quite. The main thing is that the greenhouse allows you to create a comfortable microclimate for plants. To do this, you will need to provide backlighting, especially on short winter and cloudy days..