Great Plants to grow in your Greenhouse
Clean out those greenhouses and get ready for a super awesome time gardening! That photo above is my greenhouse, I’m just getting started transplanting for the new season. Most gardeners know that we should have started our seeds a couple months ago and are ready now to plant our transplants out in our greenhouses. These tips are for anyone with a greenhouse, I just happen to live in Alaska. If you have transplants left over, trade them with friends for more growing fun during our short growing season.
Here are great plants to grow in your Greenhouse this year from flowers to herbs to vegetables. The best part of growing in a greenhouse is that you can start as early as late April and grow all the way through October. I was vacationing in April so I’m getting a late start getting my plants where they belong. Time to get gardening, my friends!
Pretty Blooms for your Greenhouse
Most greenhouses in Alaska are filled with fruits, vegetables, and herbs throughout the summer. You can also plant some pretty blooms too. If you want edible flowers, plant pansies, violets, geraniums, marigolds, sunflowers, and nasturtiums. You can make teas using the flowers from chamomile, daisies, lavender, and cornflower – and you can grow them right in your greenhouse! I have huge rafters that I may hang some flowers from this year. But flowers have a lower priority in my greenhouse.
Veggies & Fruits to Grow
In Alaska, unless you live in the interior where it is warm, most warm season vegetables need to be grown in a greenhouse or hoop or high tunnel. Plants such as cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, zucchini, eggplant and pepper plants like jalepenos or bell peppers are perfect for a greenhouse. I even has some corn growing in mine and will plant successive plantings of bush green beans this year.
I will also be planting blackberries to see if I can get a crop to produce in my greenhouse. I also plan on planting a zone 5 fruit tree in my greenhouse. It wouldn’t make it outdoors in my area of Alaska.
Don’t forgot that the vining veggies need a bit of space so that the vines can grow out. I am trellising mine to grow on wall side wires. You will need to either hand pollinate these plants or make sure you let in bees or butterflies to do the job. If you don’t, these plants won’t grow vegetables after they flower out. I have pie pumpkins and cantaloupe growing. Last year I got just enough pie pumpkins for the fall! I was faithful to hand pollinate. This is the first year I am growing cantaloupe so I will have to see what works for them.
You can grow everything you need for an amazing salad in your Alaska greenhouse too but that is wasted space for a greenhouse in my opinion. Salad greens grow so well outside here – everything from mesclun to romaine, spinach, kale, chard and even arugula.
Herbs for the Greenhouse
Most herbs grow better in a greenhouse in Alaska. Basil, for one, loves the heat and won’t grow well out in the cool summer garden. Marjoram, oregano and sage are excellent to grow in containers in your greenhouse as well. Don’t forget to plant dill and cilantro too, but put them in a spot where it is a bit cooler – near the entrance usually works well. I was lucky enough to have thyme grow wonderfully on my deck outside last year!
Do any of you greenhouse owners have any other suggestions for great veggies and herbs that grow well inside a greenhouse? I’d love for you to share them in the comments! Everyone will benefit from sharing tips.