For avid gardeners nothing is more exciting than contemplating their very own greenhouse. The options are endless, from designing and building their concept of a greenhouse dream house or keeping it simple and selecting from a variety of kits for instant gratification. Instead of imagining sugarplums dancing in their heads they imagine fresh lush plants bursting with ripe fruits lined up in perfect rows, ready to be picked. There is a genuine feeling of connectedness with nature when toiling in a garden, not to mention the many therapeutic benefits as well.
Building a greenhouse from scratch can be more involved and time-consuming than opting for a kit, but for some the gratification of creating a unique grow area is very rewarding. Greenhouses have been developed within homes, outside of homes and attached to the exterior of homes. Custom designs have included lovely patio areas for relaxation, fountains, ponds, and even Chimineas (a clay portable oven) for a romantic late winter night warmed by an outdoor fire. They can be simple or complex depending on how much space is available for your project and how much money you are willing to invest.
Kit greenhouses offer immediate gratification, requiring very little time to erect. Though more expensive, kit forms are generally aluminum framed and come with various options of either complete polycarbonate structures, partially covered structures, or simply an aluminum or steel frame where the structure is encased with a grow film or tarp-like clear plastic. The downfall to a complete kit is its immovability after erection, while using a frame kit allows relocating your greenhouse if you are not satisfied with the soil or production level initially selected. It also provides the option to ‘rotate’ crops for consistent soil nutrition, fertilization, and aeration.
Most kit greenhouses offer extended 10 year warranties, but vary in the ply of polycarbonate included. Try to settle for no less than 8 millimeter to ensure longevity of the kit and better solar infusion for the plants. Anything thinner provides less insulation during the winter months and is not as effective on the growth rate for the plants. Prices vary drastically and it is a good idea to take your time searching online as many manufacturers offer free shipping and no tax. Reviews are also highly recommended to ensure you are ordering a quality kit that will meet up to your expectations and offer you many years of gardening pleasure.
There are innumerable books available to assist the new greenhouse gardener on their adventure. Anyone with an interest in growing their own vegetables or flowers can successfully achieve a beautiful garden with helpful step-by-step instructions. There are also plenty of online sites available to garnish free information and suggestions for the beginning gardener, including chat rooms, trouble-shooting forums, and other beneficial articles written by experts in the field.
In this day and age where information is free and affluent, there’s no better time to dive into your greenhouse project and create the garden dream house you’ve always wanted.
Go green and build your greenhouse dream house now!