A greenhouse is a structure that is used for growing plants year round. It has clear plastic or glass walls, which allow sunlight in. With the sunlight comes infrared waves that pass through the walls and ceiling of the greenhouse and are converted to long wave infrared waves that cannot escape. The heat is trapped in the house and provides a warm environment for plants to grow. Many people choose to build their own greenhouses.
The walls and ceiling of the green house can be made of plastic such as polycarbonate or polyethylene or they can be glass to allow the sunlight to enter. The frames are usually aluminum, steel, PVC, or fiberglass.
Choosing the Right Spot For Your Greenhouse
When picking a spot for your greenhouse, take a moment to assess your landscape and your climate. You want a level surface with enough space to provide adequate drainage and room for storage. It is important to note where the sun shines the most and the least at different times of the day and different times of the year. See if there are any trees or bushes that will block the wind or create shade. What is the weather like? Is it constant and mild or are there drastically changing seasons? This is all-important when considering what kind of greenhouse you want, where you want to put it and what you want to grow. Since different plants thrive in different conditions, you may have to do some careful planning to ensure that you are able to create the right environment for successful growing.
Do You Need a Building Permit for a Greenhouse?
As with any building project, be sure to check zoning laws and see if you need a permit to build.
Do I Need a Greenhouse?
If you are interested in a greenhouse chances are you have been growing for quite some time. Think about how far you've come and where you want to take your hobby. A greenhouse is and should be an investment. Most likely your interest in gardening will grow and so will your collection. Green houses vary in price as much as they vary in size.
The size of a green house can range from a small box with a covering or an elaborate room the size of a small house with room for hundreds of plants. Remember to give yourself that extra room in your greenhouse. What type of house you want depends on what your growing needs are, how much room you have to work with and how much you are willing to spend. Greenhouses can cost anywhere from $100 to thousands of dollars.