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Jun 27, 2017 4:55 AM CST

My girlfriend and I are moving into a new home tomorrow, and it has a southern facing greenhouse that has been "out of service" for almost a year and a half. Im just wondering if anyone could maybe tell me even the most basic do's and do nots of starting to fix it up into something that I can grow fruits/veggies/flowers in. The ground is covered in moss, and the windows need a good cleaning, but I really think it has potential.
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Jun 27, 2017 4:31 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Any way you can provide some photos? and your location? Might make a difference in suggestions.
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Jun 27, 2017 6:31 PM CST
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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I know one of the basics is good air circulation. Your going to need fans. I wouldn't count on growing anything in there in the summer it's to hot. That's all I got until you can do what @shadegardener said
Jun 27, 2017 7:25 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River Twp, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Welcome to NGA, @I8taterz .

Congratulations on moving to a new home -- one with a greenhouse, no less! I agree that we need more info -- how large is the GH? And a photo or two, plus your location, would be extremely helpful. Depending on where you live, it's not necessarily true that you can't grow anything in it in the summer; I have tomato and pepper plants growing in mine -- up here in northern Michigan -- and they're doing great.

I'm looking forward to hearing more from you -- are you an experienced gardener, or a newbie?
I'm all ears!

Edited to say: sorry, I see the title of your post says you are new to gardening!
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Jun 27, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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Lucky you, to get a greenhouse to play with! We do need to know where you're located. I'm in NM and my greenhouse goes to about 103 during the summer with all vents and doors open, and fans running. I'm still able to grow lots of nice things. I have tropicals like plumeria and hibiscus, peppers, cilantro, geraniums, air plants and more. Insects are a constant battle. Rodents also like to get in for the free buffet. Even with the problems, I'm loving having it and wish I had more room.
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Jun 27, 2017 7:49 PM CST
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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You guys are right. I probably shouldn't have said that. Even if you live in a hot climate there are ways of cooling a greenhouse.
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