If you have been blessed with the gift of the green thumb, you might be considering adding a greenhouse to your backyard.
If this is your DIY spring project, there are a few things to consider before starting your build. Below are a few questions and answers to help set you up for success.
Is climate a factor?
Most definitely. There are many different greenhouse designs for various uses, climates, and levels of investment. Greenhouse designs offer varying levels of control over the inside environment. A greenhouse aims to help the gardener overcome the challenges of their climate and allow for a better growing environment.
In hot climates, a greenhouse might be focused on protecting crops from excessive heat, while in cold climates, a greenhouse will be built to protect plants from low temperatures. For example, in a desert climate where temperatures can be very high, and soil can be very sandy or clay-heavy and potentially low in nitrogen, a greenhouse can provide the opportunity to create a controlled environment with a soil mix and regulated temperature that is more amenable to growing a wider variety of edible plants.
In cold temperate climates, winters can be long and bring sustained freezing temperatures. Greenhouses in these environments are essential for extending the growing season. Before deciding on a greenhouse-type structure, it is important to research your local climate and weather patterns.
Does the type of greenhouse matter?
Yes! While glass may seem like the most environmentally sound and esthetically pleasing choice, plastic wins out when it comes to insulation and blocking UV radiation.
Here is a great link that discusses the pros and cons of both and can help you decide which greenhouse works with your backyard and climate.
Should I build or buy?
Many factors go into deciding whether you should build your greenhouse or purchase a kit that will make life easier but could get expensive on the pocketbook.
Essentially size matters; the type of greenhouse you want and the time you have to build one can all be factors in this decision.
Here is a great article discussing the pros and cons of each way.
BUT if you have already decided to do it yourself is the way to go, check out this video by Lowe’s Home Improvement that walks you through the steps to build a beautiful greenhouse.
Whether gardening is a hobby or a profession, a greenhouse can provide the ideal environment for more efficient gardening, extended growing options, and growing across seasons. A greenhouse helps you grow and sustain beautiful greenhouse plants and flowers throughout the year and discover the deliciousness of growing your own fresh vegetables and fruits from your own garden.