Greenhouses are the perfect environment for growing your flowers, vegetables, and plants in any climate, during any season. What better place to keep your garden safe and give your plants a world of their own to grow and flourish than their own safe, warm enclosure. Indoor greenhouse gardening is a fantastic choice and you’re going to love the ideal growing atmosphere you can create but there are a couple factors to keep in mind before plowing forward.
What Are You Growing
Knowing what you’ll be growing affects everything when it comes to planning your greenhouse. Different types of plants have drastically different needs and preferences, including the space they require, the amount of sun they need, and how much water and humidity they can handle. The types of plants that will be in your greenhouse will affect the size and shape of the greenhouse itself and will dictate what kinds of accessories you’ll need to set up inside.
It’s possible to grow pretty much anything in a greenhouse but you’ll need to consider which plants can be grown together and which ones require simply too different of an environment to share the same space. If room allows, you can set up fans, shade screens, and watering systems in different parts of your greenhouse to create drastically different environments. However, in this case, you’ll need to be careful that your more sensitive plants are safe from any harsh elements. Have an idea of what types of plants you’ll grow, understand what their basic needs will be, and you’ll be ready to build the perfect greenhouse.
To grow delicious vegetables and stunning flowers in your greenhouse, you’re going to need the actual building itself. There are many different styles of greenhouses, such as gable roofed, gothic, a-frame, and hoop houses. If you are building your own hobby greenhouse, construction plans will likely come down to building costs and yard space, but aesthetic style can be a big factor as well. The gothic style is quite popular because it provides a lovely shape and is also ideal for shedding snow in areas with a colder climate.
If you plan to build your own greenhouse it’s always a good idea to check with your city to see if zoning or building permits are required. Greenhouses are typically considered to be temporary structures but it’s better to double check these things before you get started. Plan your space carefully and consider how much room you’ll need inside your greenhouse. Keep in mind that greenhouse gardening can be a little addicting and you might want to give yourself some extra room to add to your garden.
Prefabricated Greenhouse Kit
Building a greenhouse from the ground up isn’t for everyone. Luckily, prefabricated greenhouse are available in every shape and size, and you can find one to work with almost any budget. You can pick up a greenhouse kit from many gardening stores and home improvement centers. As with nearly everything else these days, you can also order a kit online from an endless selection of styles and pick something that perfectly suits your needs.
For a smaller, simpler option, the HomGarden Mini Walk-in Greenhouse is incredibly affordable. It will create a safe and protected environment within its tent-like design under a PVC covering. It features a zippered roll-up door as well as screened ventilation to allow for ample air flow. This greenhouse is 57″ L x 57″ W x 77″ H, which is fairly small, yet perfect for starting seedlings, hardening plants off in the spring, and extending your growing season late into the winter.
If you plant on growing a larger garden, the Quictent Portable Greenhouse is another very inexpensive option. This one is 12′ L x 7′ W x 7′ H, giving you much more room to comfortably move around and spend time caring for your plants. There are double zippered doors on the front and back and 6 exhaust vents to allow for air circulation on hot days. The cover is made of waterproof, transparent reinforced polyethylene which provides UV protection. This greenhouse maintains high humidity levels which are perfect for growing tropical plants, vegetables, fruiting plants, and herbs.
For a high quality design and elegant style, the Exaco Royal Victorian Greenhouse is a more expensive yet top of the line option. It measures 15’ L x 10’2″ W x 9′ high, providing 150 square feet of gardening space. It features 4mm tempered glass windows, four opening roof windows, a misting system, and a sliding frame door. Constructed with in an old fashioned English style, this greenhouse creates not only an ideal atmosphere for your plants to grow in but also a gorgeous environment for you to enjoy.
Whether you build it or buy it, where your greenhouse is going to live is another important decision you’ll need to make. To receive the most hours of sunlight possible, its longest side should face south. It’s also important you don’t place it under any large trees or other structures that will block the sun. If you’ll be supplying water and electricity to your greenhouse, be sure these resources are easily accessible for hook up.
Creating the Perfect Atmosphere
The atmosphere you’ll be creating in your greenhouse must coincide with the needs of the plants you’ll be growing in there. A moderately warm greenhouse may be perfect for the majority of your plants but if you choose to grow tropical plants and exotic fruits you may need to establish hothouse conditions. To keep things simple, especially for beginners, growing a variety of plants with similar needs is the best idea. This way you can maintain the perfect environment for all of your plants without risking overheating any other plants or choking them with too much humidity.
If you’re growing plants that need more than just the pleasantly warm atmosphere your greenhouse will naturally provide, adding some accessories is the best way to maintain the perfect environment. Grow lights are excellent for regions that don’t receive enough sunlight in the winter and shade clothes can help if your plants are getting just a little too much sun. Mist system, fans, greenhouse heaters, and thermometers can help you keep your greenhouse at exactly the perfect temperature, day and night, especially when using equipment that runs on timers and thermostats. Tool racks, potting benches, and shelves are also very helpful to keep your greenhouse in perfect order and easy to work in.
Greenhouse gardening is one of the most rewarding ways to grow your plants. You can have complete control over their environment, allowing you to give them the most ideal growing conditions all year round. Greenhouses open up so many more options for growing plants that would otherwise struggle or die in your particular climate. With the help of fans, heaters, grow lights, and other accessories, there’s no reason you can’t have a vibrant and beautiful garden growing throughout every season.