Idiot's Guide To Backyard Green Houses

A mini to large greenhouse provides the gardener wide-ranging growth possibilities throughout the year.

Fruits and vegetable that have difficulty outside might be significantly more productive under glass. Greenhouses make it possible to extend the gardening season. Several factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing the greenhouse structure, such as cost, light exposure, utility hookups, and available space.


Placing the greenhouse in a safe and sheltered site is critical. A greenhouse can benefit from shelter from wind and frost, while also being in a location that is free from overhead objects (branches and leaves). Plus, a preferred site for the greenhouse lets in the full amount of sunlight possible. The most desirable sites are likely to be those that are south facing. Also, a well-chosen site is certain to mean less issue with drainage and more efficient irrigation and rainwater runoff. Plus, easy access to electricity, heat, and water is also desirable.

A store-bought greenhouse can be built by the gardener, professionals, or custom designed. Plus, a shed can come prefabricated or unassembled in kit form.

Here are three of the major types of greenhouses:


A space-limited option is the learn-to greenhouse which shares one size of the structure with an outbuilding like a workshop, garage, or even the house. Lean-tos are easier to care and manage compared to the full-size models. Plus, this type of greenhouse can have a wall in brick, which is practical for heat retention to training ornamental climbers or fruit. Also, the size of the available wall will have a noticeable influence on the size and health of lean-to.


An economical option is the window-mounted greenhouse. This is attached to a south facing window on the outside of the home. Window-mounted greenhouses can contain 2 or 3 shelve units for the varied plant life. But, a negative issue with this type of greenhouse is maintaining a regular temperature. A lot of the heat generated for these greenhouses comes from interior home heating.


A freestanding greenhouse is a complete stand alone structure that comes in a variety of sizes and built to accept provisions from electricity, water, and heat. A full-size greenhouse is usually easier to manage in relation to temperature control which can fluctuate in small units. Plus, a freestanding greenhouse can come in a variety of shapes and sizes with A-frame, rigid-frame, gothic, and Quonset the most common choices.

What are the materials for a greenhouse?

Some of the most establish framing materials for the greenhouse include aluminum and untreated wood. Aluminum is a durable option and needs minimal maintenance, although timber (Douglas fir or western red cedar) can provide a more natural look and generally resists rotting. Frame covers are usually split between polycarbonate, acrylic, fiberglass, and glass. Even though glass is easier to break and more expensive, it is usually the most favored type of material. Certain plastics and fiberglass can last for a period of 10-12 years before it starts to breakdown and limit light penetration. A short-term solution is the film-plastic coverings which can last 3-4 years before needing to be replaced.

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