Excerpt from Chapter 6: Growing Vegetables the Natural Way


In addition to selling greenhouse plants, you also can produce vegetables from plants you grow. The growing season can be lengthened in the greenhouse to extend the season both spring and fall. By planting in the floor of the greenhouse, vegetables can be sold earlier and later than those grown under row covers without added heat. You can grow local garden varieties with the same homegrown flavor and nutrition. Several pictures of vegetable production in the greenhouse are in the color photo section.

At my local farmers’ market, early salad greens, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, zucchini, and cucumbers are in demand. Two weeks following the first hard fall freeze, summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, beans, basil, and summer squash are becoming scarce. Before and after the normal season for local produce, these vegetables can be sold at premium prices….

Planting and growing vegetables in a natural greenhouse is similar in most ways to growing them outside in an intensive garden. You will need to provide fertile soil, plan for the efficient use of space, choose varieties that will grow well and produce early, buy or germinate early plants, transplant seedlings, plant seeds, and control weeds. The only additional care you need to provide is installing a ground cover, supplying heat at night, controlling insects and disease, and providing additional water.