There are many different kinds of greenhouses.

They can be as simple as growing some herbs in a sunny window in your house, to elaborate outdoor designs of all shapes and sizes.

  • No matter which one you choose, there are some tips to getting the most out of your gardening.
  • You can find many different tips and advice from an assortment of sources, both online, as well as local nurseries, and lawn and garden centers.

The most important thing you have to start with is soil.

  • This is the basis of your garden, and you need to choose it right the first time, in order to get the most healthy plants possible.
  • There are many choices when it comes to soil.
  • You can get potting soil, or you can go with hydroponics growing.
  • Each has their own pros and cons, and we will take a short look at these.

First is your good old fashioned dirt soil. Before you go out and just buy some potting soil, you have to consider what kinds of plants you are going to be growing.

  • grouping of plants needs a special combination of fertilizers, and you should look up what kinds of proper soil you need for the herbs or vegetables you plan to grow. This way you can get the right soil from the start.
  • Now even though bags of soil may say it's sterile, if you aren't sure, there is a way to be certain.

You need to turn your oven one to 180 degrees, spread small amounts of the soil out in a shallow baking pan and place it in the oven for at least 30 minutes.

  • This guarantees that any insects and bacteria that may be present are killed.
  • It will take some time, but this is one of the easiest ways to make sure.

The next way to grow your plants is through hydroponic gardening.

  • Although this can be a little more expensive to set up, it is one of the most popular, and fastest growing ways to garden.
  • The basic principles are simple.
  • Plants grow in a medium instead of regular soil, usually a peat moss, or vermiculite.
  • Nutrients are then fed to growing plants in two different ways, either passive, or active.
  • Passive hydroponics is probably the simplest way, but if you have hungry plants, this may not be the best option.

With passive hydroponics, the plants sit in one container, and the nutrient liquid in another, below it. A 'wick' connects the two containers, and as the plants need nutrients, they are pulled up from the liquid solution.

You have to keep an eye on this, because if your plants draw up the nutrients fast, you will have to keep the bottom container full.

  • The other way is with active hydroponics.
  • In this technique, nutrients are applied to the growing medium on a timing system.
  • There is the flooding method, where at a certain time the nutrients are pumped into the plant container until it reaches a certain level.
  • A drain at on end allows excess liquid to drain back into the nutrient container.
  • Then there is the drip system.
  • Drip systems pump a certain amount of nutrients into the plants on a specifically timed cycle.
Author's Bio: 

Whitney Segura is an expert in hobby greenhouse gardening and in teaching the art of gardening to others.