Why build a greenhouse?
Let’s face it you most likely have dreamed about owning a greenhouse, at least once in your life. They are fun, extremely relaxing, healthy, and have many other benefits. Well, the time to turn those thoughts into reality is now. The fact is our environment is in trouble, everyone knows it. It needs people like you to help give back the gift of life.
You may not have ever thought about building your own greenhouse, most likely because you thought it would be extremely difficult. Well, I am here to tell you that it is easier than you think. Building a greenhouse from scratch is not rocket science, it is actually very simple and is something to be proud of. I have compiled this list of 9 simple and key steps to take when building your own greenhouse. Don’t worry or think you can’t do this, because you can! With that said, lets get into it.
The 9 Steps:
Use Salvaged Materials In Greenhouse Construction
Step #1 Think about using salvaged materials if you want to build a large greenhouse – this will keep costs lower, so more resources can go into heating and irrigation systems.
Greenhouse Temperature and Shade
Step #2. Take your climate into account. If you live in a temperate or cold region, then you’ll want to build an insulated greenhouse. If you live in a warmer climate, then you’ll want to have shade control as well – and in a desert region, you’ll need both!
Ventilation Greenhouse Plans greenhouse air conditioner
Step #3. Be sure to plan for adequate ventilation and air circulation as well as heat and humidity control. Think about the plants you plan to grow in your greenhouse and design a climate accordingly. Greenhouse ventilation is easy to do and something that is truly necessary, or your plants may suffer.
Choosing Greenhouse Location
Step #4. Build your greenhouse is a spot where it will receive plenty of sunlight. You’ll want to give your greenhouse eastern and western exposure, especially if you plan to grow vegetables and fruits. This will provide ample sunlight to ensure fruiting in these plants. Semi-shaded areas won’t hurt anything, if that is your only option.
Greenhouse Construction Materials
Step #5. Decide on a siding for your greenhouse. The best materials are glass (which can be expensive) or fiberglass. Both of these materials offer greater durability, since they do not break down as quickly as plastic siding. These materials will also make for a warmer, more humid greenhouse. You could also pick out greenhouse polycarbonate panels, which are shatter proof and nearly impossible to break. They are extremely safe and can withstand some pretty strong winds.
Picking Your Greenhouse Base
Step #6. Choose your foundation. You can use concrete, which offers a stable foundation. You can also go for a simpler foundation using salvaged materials such as railroad ties. Your foundation will affect the cost of your greenhouse, so keep your budget in mind when deciding on this.
Additional Greenhouse Heating And Greenhouse Irrigation
Step #7. If there’s room in your budget, add elements which will make your greenhouse more convenient and comfortable for you as a gardener. Heating and irrigation systems are a great addition and are in fact essential in some climates. Adding benches so you can relax and enjoy your greenhouse is also a great idea – you can even have a garden party in the dead of winter!