4 Keys to Successful Greenhouse Building
Building a greenhouse does not have to be expensive or complicated, but it does require some careful planning before actually starting the project. For one, you have to decide on the type of greenhouse you want, and that choice will depend on several factors.
Some of these factors are: how much growing space you anticipate needing, how much money you are willing to invest, available site for your greenhouse location, and the architecture of your home.
A lot of thought should go into just choosing and preparing your greenhouse’s location! In this article we will be discussing how to choose the best location for your greenhouse.
South or Southeast Side
You obviously need to locate your greenhouse where it will get the most sunlight possible. All day sunlight is best, so the optimal place would be the south or southeast side of a building. Some plants do well with just morning sunlight, because that’s when the plant’s food production process begins. That maximizes the plant’s growth.
The east side is a good location also, because during the winter months, when plants need to receive a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, they are able to capture a sufficient amount of sunlight in that location.
If you don’t have a south or southeast location, then the next best place would be southwest or west side of an existing structure. In that location, plants will receive afternoon sunlight.
The north side of any building would be your worst location, unless you plan to grow only plants that require very little light.
If you plan to use your greenhouse all year, you should position it properly to maximize winter sun. Remember that during the winter months when the sun is low in the sky, tall trees and buildings, though not close to your greenhouse, will cast long shadows and possibly give unwanted shade.
What about orientation of your greenhouse? Experts recommend that the length of the greenhouse run east to west, meaning that the winter light will penetrate the length of the south side of your greenhouse, to allow for the greatest surface area with a southern exposure.
Locate your greenhouse away from any hazards, such as tree branches that could potentially fall.
Consider that good drainage is necessary when choosing the spot for your greenhouse. It’s wise to build it on a slightly elevated spot, so rainwater, melting snow, and irrigation water will easily drain away.
Another consideration is that it should be convenient to a source of water, electricity, and heat. You may even want to locate it near an existing workshop or shed to have tools and other equipment readily available. Having easy, convenient access to your greenhouse will make it more enjoyable and pleasurable.
In addition, you would do well to position it in a spot that would give it protection from the bitter cold winter winds. This can be accomplished by locating it so existing buildings will shield it, or by providing it with windbreaks on the north.
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