If you are a keen gardener, then you probably would like or already have a greenhouse. A greenhouse allows a gardener to indulge in gardening all year round, but did you know that the design of the greenhouse is very important? Greenhouse designs vary according to what they are to be used for and to some extent where the garden is located. Therefore, when it comes to greenhouse designs, choosing the best for your garden is pretty important.
If you get the correct greenhouse for your purpose and use it as it should be, your greenhouse will pay for itself over and over again, but not only that, it will repay for its carbon footprint by propagating more flowers which will in turn help keep the ecosystem in balance. Not to mention keeping the gardener contented. Everybody is a winner with a greenhouse.
Greenhouses are not cheap and one often wonders why. There just does not seem to be much to them to make them so costly. For this reason, it is imperative that you get the best of greenhouse designs for what you want to grow.
You will also have to take size into consideration: the amount of space that you can allocate for your new greenhouse and how many plants you want to produce in it.
After you have thought about the overall size that you would like, the next consideration is the basic structure. Do you want it attached to your house like a lean-to or do you want it to be free-standing?
Free-standing greenhouse designs are more costly but they are also the more flexible of the two greenhouse designs. They are more expensive because you will have to have four walls not three and you will have to run water and electric mains to it.
Free-standing greenhouse designs are more flexible and therefore offer greater returns because you can site them wherever you like to obtain the most advantage from the sun. Normally, this means having the longest side facing the south in the northern hemisphere.
Attached greenhouse designs use the wall of the house or garage as one wall of the greenhouse. Which wall of the greenhouse that is, is up to you naturally, but if you can utilize one of the gable ends, the short side, so much the better.
Endeavor to have one of the longest walls facing the sun for most of the day. Again, you will have to run water and electricity into it, but this does not usually mean burying the cable and pipe underground or armouring the cable, which works out cheaper.
Once you have made your selection from the several greenhouse designs, you can decide which plants you would like to grow in it. You can literally grow anything you want, if you create the right environment for it. So, if you want to have as much flexibility as possible get a decent lighting system.
Get the best and most adaptable you can afford. Look for ones that will supply a broad range spectrum ‘grow light’, so that your plants will not suffer in the winter and get normal tube lighting for yourself for when you need to see better.