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DIY Greenhouse

Updated on June 18, 2012

DIY Greenhouses

Building a greenhouse can be an easier and less expensive project than one might think. Researching how to construct a greenhouse is the first step before getting started on such a large project. A very important thing to remember to check on is how to grow according to the climate of the region in which the greenhouse is going to be constructed.

Once the research has been done on project expense and climate, a decision on the building material to be used must be made. Building material will need to be substantial enough for the conditions in the region. Areas that have high winds or heavy snows will need sturdier materials than those that have fair weather year round. The foundation needs to be strong enough to support the type of structure being built.

Choosing a Building Site

The chosen greenhouse site will need to get plenty of sunlight, yet a little bit of shade is acceptable. The greenhouse should be built where it will receive the most southern exposure. Check to see if it is feasible to access power and/or water from the chosen site location.

Attached, even-span, window mounted, and freestanding are names of some of the types of greenhouses. A decision on the type of greenhouse can be influenced by several factors including amount of room to build and expense.

Since money is a very big priority with today's economy, the most cost efficient and easiest to build is an attached greenhouse. They can be attached to a standing building or house, with that structure making up one half of the finished project. These greenhouses will already have easy access to power and water.


Greenhouse Choices

The most and expensive and time consuming choice is the even-span greenhouse, with better air-flow and are easier to keep within a desired constant temperature. The even-span greenhouse is the easiest to build additions onto.

If only a few plants are desired a window mounted greenhouse may be all that is needed. It extends from the home or structure about a foot and holds usually up to three shelves.

A free-standing greenhouse can be a good choice for those that have a serious green thumb. Free-standing greenhouses will have to have separate electrical and plumbing systems than the existing home to run it.

Appearance, strength, and heat conservation qualities are a few of the things to consider when choosing a type of covering.
Coverings can be made from glass, fiber-glass, or double wall plastic. The floor inside the greenhouse should be made of packed soil covered with a few inches of gravel and a good surrounding foundation. This allows for good drainage and will withstand being constantly wet.

Other things to consider include the different type of climate control devices to use. These are ventilation and air control, water, and the ratio of carbon dioxide and light needed. Building a greenhouse can be very rewarding, yet it takes a little bit of hard work. No matter if the greenhouse is a DIY project or built by a contractor, it can be very rewarding to nurture and grow plants.


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