Greenhouses are an indispensable garden tool if you live in a cold climate with short summers. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to grow plants or crops you want to because of the climate you live in. Many people believe that greenhouse growing is some mysterious talent that requires years of learning to master. My answer to that is it is a bunch of poppycock and is certainly not the case.
The main difference when growing in a greenhouse is not that dissimilar to growing in containers. The main thing you need to remember is that the plants are entirely reliant on you to provide their basic needs so watering and feeding are essential duties when you have a greenhouse.
Benefits Of Having A Greenhouse
A greenhouse is a great tool it can extend your growing season, help protect your plants against damage from birds, animals, weather, and insects. A greenhouse can save you money over the course of time. Not only will you be able to grow vegetables and herbs longer in the year saving on the grocery bill, but you will also be able to start your plants from seed to set out in the garden at a considerable savings over buying them from what the garden center will cost you.
Another advantage is that on days when the weather is inclement and would leave you stuck in the house, you can get out in the greenhouse and do some work in a comfortable environment. Whats not to like about being surrounded by plants on a drab, dreary day, and still being out of the house.
For those that do indoor gardening, the greenhouse will provide you with a plant spa that will allow you to send your indoor plants outside to rejuvenate and revive in a safe, protected environment.
Important Considerations For Installing A Greenhouse
When deciding on what size of a greenhouse you need remember the television commercial “Bigger Is Better” if you are serious about a greenhouse the larger you can go the more you will use it believe me you will fill it up.
When deciding the location, you will want to place your greenhouse where it will receive the maximum amount of sunlight each day. The ideal location will provide access to water and electric as well.
Always place the door away from prevailing winds especially if you are in a particularly windy area.
Be sure that the greenhouse has a good ventilation system. Most greenhouses should come with one. Try to get an automated ventilation system that way your plants will not be damaged by heat if it is a hot day and you can not get to the greenhouse to ventilate it.
Depending on the region and your budget a heating system would allow for year-round use of the greenhouse. Most plants will still do well between 60 and 65 degrees and make for a much more useful space. A greenhouse is an investment, and as with any other investment the better the quality, the more value it will be.
Having a greenhouse is a whole new aspect of gardening but one which will certainly enrich your gardening experience.