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Go for a Greenhouse: How to Create a Nursery for Seedlings at Home

Building a greenhouse is going to protect your plants from the elements, lengthen your growing season, and keep unwanted critters away from your produce. Here is a quick look at some of the variables that you will need to consider before you get started on this project.


Choosing the Right Size

The total size of your greenhouse is going to depend on a few different factors including the size of your yard, how much time you can devote to gardening, and your overall budget. Most hobby greenhouses are no more than a few feet across, and you can easily set up shelves and plant hangers to create more space. If you only plan on growing a few dozen plants, then a smaller hobby greenhouse will most likely be adequate.

Finding an Ideal Location

In order to maximize the amount of sunlight that hits your greenhouse, you should keep it away from large obstructions such as trees and fences. You will also need to have the greenhouse oriented toward the south so that it gets plenty of solar exposure. As for the location, there should be access to water and some type of drainage system. To make your daily gardening chores easier, you might also want to build the greenhouse within a few yards of your home.

Kits VS DIY Greenhouses

Many different companies are now selling all types of greenhouse kits, and buying a kit is going to be a great option if you want to save yourself some time. While you will still have to figure out the underpinning for your greenhouse construction project, one of those kits should contain all of the other supplies that you are going to need. DIY greenhouses take longer to construct, especially when it comes to underpinning. However, you are going to have much more flexibility regarding the size, shape, and overall design of the structure.

A Look at Venting

Your seedlings could die from rot and diseases in a matter of days if your greenhouse doesn’t have some type of ventilation system. Some manufacturers offer advanced ventilation fans with multiple humidity sensors, but those systems aren’t always necessary. As long as you have a hygrometer and some windows that can be opened up, you should easily be able to control the humidity levels.

Before you break ground on this project, you must take a look at local building codes to see if you need any permits. While most temporary greenhouses don’t require permits, you might need to file some paperwork with the city if your greenhouse is connected to your home or has any utility lines running to it.


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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