Green Houses – Benefits and TypesBy: Carports, Tents and Sheds Staff Writers
If you are considering building a green house or purchasing one, you may be trying to decide if the benefits of green houses are worth the expense and which type of green house will best suit your particular needs. There are many types of green houses available, depending on what your growing needs are, how much room you have to install your green house, and what your budget is, so once you have determined the benefits of using a green house, you can decide if green house growing is right for you.
The biggest benefit to green houses is that they allow you to extend the growing season all year long. This is an especially big benefit to those that live in climates with changing seasons and harsh winters. If you love to garden or to grow your own vegetables, then green houses give you the opportunity to enjoy your hobby or to keep fresh produce on the table all year long, rather than just during a few short months in the summertime.
Green houses also allow you to control the conditions so that you can be successful at growing almost any types of plants imaginable. Green house gardening gives you control over the temperature, humidity levels, moisture, sunlight and other factors that directly impact the health of the plants you grow. This is especially important to those looking to grow exotic plants or difficult to grow plants, and is a great benefit to those that enjoy all aspects of gardening as a hobby.
When it comes to buying or building green houses, you have many options to choose from, so almost anyone that is interested in green house growing can find a structure to fit their needs. If you are short on space or are just starting out and are not ready to make a commitment to building a large green house, you can start off with a small green house, or even a mini green house. Mini green houses are small enough that you can tuck them along a window indoors or can place them outdoors on a deck, patio or in the yard without taking up much room. Small green houses are larger and more like what you expect a “real” green house to look like, but you can get them in any size you want, so if you don’t have much room or don’t intend to grow a lot of plants inside, you can get something smaller that will meet your needs.
In addition to size, you also have a number of options as to where you want to situate your green house. If you are just looking for something small to grow a few plants or vegetables and don’t have any yard space, you can opt for an indoor green house. All you need is a bright and sunny window and you can grow plants with ease indoors. Another option is a portable green house. With portable green houses, you can move the structure around anywhere that you want, whether you change locations due to space requirements or proximity to the sun. This option gives you full control over where you want your green house to be, and you can easily change your mind whenever you want. Portable green houses are usually on the smaller size and include stackable shelves to house plants, with wheels on the bottom for easy movement.
Another option, if you are committed to green house gardening and want something more permanent, is to construct a lean to green house. Lean to green houses are attached to the side of your home on one side and resemble a large bay or bow window. This style allows you easy access to your plants alongside your home, while providing loads of sunlight, since the entire structure is glass. Green house kits can be purchased so you can construct one of these green houses on your own, or you can have a professional do it for you.
Of course, there is always the option of putting in a larger, more commercial green house, if you have the room and are really committed to green house gardening. These structures require quite a bit of space, and can get rather pricy, depending on the model you choose and what options are included. You can save some money by getting yourself a set of green house plans and building the structure yourself, but if you buy a larger green house, you can expect to shell out quite a bit of money. If you are using it to grow plants, flowers and vegetables to sell, however, this can be well worth the initial investment.
As you can see, there are many benefits to building or buying green houses, and there are many options of green house styles as well. What you choose will depend on a number of factors, such as the amount of gardening you plan on doing, your space availability, and your budget. But no matter what your needs are, you can find green houses to suit your needs and can be well on your way to enjoying the growing season all year round.
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