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How to Build a Backyard Greenhouse for Year-Round Gardening

If you’re considering getting into gardening year round, it’s likely you’ll need to look into building a greenhouse to home your garden in. Keeping plants in your greenhouse year-round can ensure that you always have some gardening to do and will allow you to gain more experience about gardening, in general. Here are some helpful tips for building your very own backyard greenhouse that can be utilized throughout the entire year.



Start with Size

You obviously won’t need an industrial-size greenhouse like the ones you likely see on television, but assessing your personal greenhouse needs can be difficult. Think about the plants you have currently and what you’re planning to start soon. Also remember that, hopefully, your plants will grow, so there needs to be enough space for them to expand.

For many, a greenhouse the size of a typical backyard shed—about 10 feet by 10 feet—is enough. However, depending on your needs and the needs of your garden, it may need to be slightly larger.

Decide on the Right Building Design for You

There are many styles of backyard to greenhouses that you can choose from. They vary widely from A-frames to domes, and each has their own benefits. The flat arch is better for maintaining temperature, while the sawtooth and skillion are both good for passive ventilation. Do some research on greenhouse designs and your plants’ unique needs before you decide.

When considering design, you also need to consider your building materials. Some gardening supply stores sell kits, but you might also want to seek out your own materials. The most common framing materials are steel, aluminum, and wood, while common cover materials include plastic films and plastic and glass panels. If you’re designing your greenhouse, work with a steel supply vendor that will work with you for customized pieces.

Pick the Right Site

The actual site that you intend to place your greenhouse on is very important to your success. First of all, realize that the closer the greenhouse is to your existing home, the more likely you’ll use it. This holds especially true in those winter months when you won’t have to trek as far in the snow to get to your greenhouse. However, if the greenhouse is too close to your home or if it is on the wrong side, you house may give it too much shade, stunting your plants.

Getting maximum sun exposure is a necessity for all greenhouses. You’ll want to pick an area of your backyard that allows for a great deal of sun exposure throughout the day. Avoid highly shaded areas.

Choose Your Environmental Control Factors

If you opt for growing plants around the year, you’re going to need a variety of environmental control factors. This way, your plants have the right environment to grow effectively. You’ll need a heating system, a mist system, shelving, and fans to make your greenhouse run effectively all year round.

Building a backyard greenhouse can be a great endeavor for anyone. If you would like to be able to successfully utilize your greenhouse all year long, then you’ll need to take a few things into account when designing your greenhouse. The above are four of the main factors you should be considering in your backyard greenhouse design.


Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.


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