Plants grown outdoors tend to be more robust and more evenly developed, as they are exposed to natural sunlight, and the light can reach more of the plant. While growing out in the open exposes your crops to pests and the elements, greenhouses are easy to construct and create the perfect growing environment.
When finding a location for your greenhouse, you will want to choose somewhere that gets at least 6 hours of full sun in the winter. Construct a an innocuous “shed” using plastic sheeting, PVC, filon or glass that has been opaqued using white-tinted epoxy resin or lime. You only need one wall and the roof to allow sunlight–the rest of the walls can be a completely opaque material. Within your greenhouse you can choose to set up a hydroponic system, or plant directly into the ground.
If you choose to plant directly into the ground, with or without a greenhouse, you will need to start by digging a hole large enough for the roots of a fully-grown plant. You can then either fill the hole with an optimal growing medium, or place large pots into the holes for easy transport of the plants.
Your nutrient solution should be a blend of soil and fertilizer, and sit at a pH of 6.2-6.7. Before planting, invest in a pH meter to test the soil, and monitor it throughout growth. Before planting, correct alkalinity with phosphoric acid and acidity with lime or potash. If your solution becomes too acidic over time, which tends to happen with the breakdown of fertilizer in the soil, you can leaf feed your plant to ensure it still gets the nutrients it needs (see Foliar Feeding).