No matter what climate you’re in or what you like to grow, greenhouse gardening can be as useful and practical as it is fun. You can completely manipulate the climate inside your greenhouse and grow anything you’d like. You can also turn your greenhouse space into a small sanctuary of gardening bliss. Your greenhouse may be a very simple construct, with just enough room for a few plants, or it could be a massive structure, complete with potting benches, tool racks, and maybe even a quaint little table and chair set to relax in. Whatever the design, there are some very excellent reasons to start your own greenhouse.
Longer Growing Season
If you live in a colder climate, or you just want to grow your vegetables all year round, a greenhouse is an excellent option. Greenhouse conditions can trap as much heat from the sun as possible inside an enclosed space, and if that still is not warm or bright enough to keep your plants and veggies growing all year, you can supplement this season with grow lights and greenhouse heaters.
You may choose to start your plants early in a greenhouse, put them back inside late into the fall to keep them from going dormant, or grow them there all year long to give them the warmest climate and most ideal growing conditions possible. This is especially valuable for those who love tending their gardens but late thaws and early frosts prevent them from being able to grow anything substantial.
Growing your plants in a greenhouse does not mean that pests cannot get inside but it does provide a very significant level of protection from insects, rodents, and other animals. A bug infestation is possible in a greenhouse but it’s much less likely when your plants are protected from all sides. If one occurs, it can be dealt with swiftly and is not likely to return right away as can often happen in an outdoor garden. You definitely don’t have to worry about bigger animals, such as rabbits or deer, snacking on your carefully tended crops.
Regardless of what your typical weather is like, it’s entirely possible that your area can be hit with a sudden storm, winds, heavy rains, or a drought. Many areas have very unpredictable weather patterns while others have pretty mild conditions, but no matter where you live, mother nature can go wild and a greenhouse can protect your plants from any form of nature’s whims. The greenhouse will trap warmth and heat but if conditions aren’t what you’d like, you can control the atmosphere with cooling fans, greenhouse heaters, irrigation, and humidifiers. A greenhouse provides you with a space that can be as tropical or as temperate as you’d like it to be.
Save on Groceries
The initial cost of building a greenhouse can range from somewhat insignificant to incredibly costly. However, depending on the size of your greenhouse and how long you plan to maintain your garden, you may never need to buy another item from the produce section again. You may not see savings in the first year or so after you’ve raised your greenhouse but in time, a home grown fruit and vegetable garden will definitely offset the cost of your investment.
You may have experienced countless shopping trips that started with what you thought was a good produce selection only to get home and realize that half of your strawberries were rotten or you lettuce wasn’t as crisp as you thought it would be. Growing your own vegetable garden means your vegetables will always be farm to table fresh. That doesn’t just mean that your veggies will be crunchier or will taste better, it also means that they will be more nutritious. The longer produce is exposed to sun and heat, the more nutrients they lose. The freshest veggies will always contain the most vitamins and nutrients and will be the healthiest possible option.
Knowledge and Control
Knowing how your produce was grown, be it organic soil or non-GMO seeds, is an incredibly important factor for many people. When you grow all of your own fruits and veggies you have complete control over their growing conditions and you’ll rest easy knowing exactly what you’re putting into the bodies of your family and yourself. You control the pesticides, the seeds, the soil quality, and the water sources. You won’t have to speculate or worry that you’re consuming something dangerous when you grow your own produce within a private greenhouse.
Space to Expand
For any indoor gardener who has started an herb garden on their kitchen windowsill, you know that once you start growing your own produce it can be difficult to stop with just a few plants. You start with a couple small pots of dill, thyme, and basil but then you find you want to grow your own lettuce, and then fresh tomatoes drift into your mind. A greenhouse is the perfect expansion of any indoor garden and you can easily rotate your plants from windowsill to greenhouse and back again, depending on your mood, the weather, or what you’ll be using most frequently when cooking.
Any guy who has a man-cave or woman who has a she-shed knows the value of creating a sacred space. For those couples who bond over gardening together, you should know that an incredible sanctuary can be created in the space where you share your passion. No matter who you garden with or how you do it, a greenhouse can become an isolated world where there is nothing but you and your plants. Your can use it as your workshop to make a mess, let dirt fly wherever it likes, and prune or repot until your heart’s content. Your greenhouse is your space to do what you like with your garden and enjoy it in any way you see fit.
Starting a greenhouse can cost you a bit of money at first, and as the size and complexity of your greenhouse grows, so does that cost. You’ll also need to invest a fair bit of time into setting it up and then afterwards caring for all your plants. You’ll need to maintain the atmosphere, ensure all of you plants are receiving enough moisture, and keep any eye out that no insects or other pests are disturbing your garden. There is work that must go into a greenhouse, but the benefits you will receive are rewarding enough to make all that effort well worth it. Your plants will thrive in a greenhouse, providing beautiful blooms or fresh fruit and vegetables all year round.