Building A Backyard Greenhouse
Backyard green houses are a ton of fun for those with a green thumb. Extending your growing seasons into the early spring and late fall give you more options and the ability to harvest more flowers, fruits and veggies. But there are so many different options with green houses that it can be easy to get confused. Here are a few design tips to get you started.
It’s All About Location
Your green house must be located in a place that receives plenty of Sun. Usually this is on the South side of your property or even the West side. Have a couple of trees overhead isn’t a bad thing as they provide a little bit of needed shade during the hottest parts of the day. Another thing to consider is a bit of protection from the elements. Building your green house next to a fence or shrubbery is a great idea.
What To Build It Out Of
Framing of a green house is typically done with green treated wood or aluminum. Green treated wood won’t rot from all of the moisture and aluminum won’t rust. Also, choosing between tempered glass, plexiglass and polycarbonate sheeting. Polycarbonate sheeting is becoming the popular choice due to it’s light weight and how clear it is.
Heating and Cooling
If you want to extend your growing season even further into the spring and fall or even the winter, you will need to add in a heating system. A propane heater can be sufficient for a smaller green house while a natural gas heater might be appropriate for a larger one. Also consider vent fans to cool your house in the heat of the summer.