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3 Tips to Building a Greenhouse on Your Property

By Gfl

In this day and age when the world’s population is highly disproportionate to the amount of food that is available, it is encouraged that we grow our own food.  It is also proven that eating fresh, organic fruits and vegetables is better than eating store-bought ones, even if they are labeled fresh and organic.

One good way that we can grow our own food is to have greenhouses. Even though, it is possible to grow fresh fruits and vegetables without a greenhouse, having one can definitely give you more food choices. Plus, it also acts as a shield from excessive heat and cold and keeps unwanted pests from devouring your crops. Here are three tips on how you can build a greenhouse in your own backyard.

1. Choose the location where you will build your greenhouse.

Plants need adequate sunlight to grow. Therefore, it is essential that the site you choose to build your greenhouse on has plenty of sun. Morning sun is preferred over afternoon sun because it is less intense as there are plants that are sensitive to too much heat.

An excellent location should also have adequate water supply. Choose a site that is near your water source or use a cistern to gather rainwater.

2. Choose the size and materials of your greenhouse.

You need to determine the size of your vacant lot for you to know the appropriate size of your greenhouse. The average greenhouse is 2.4 x 1.8 meters in size. You can go bigger or smaller than this, but you have to take note that the size of your greenhouse is directly proportional to the amount of money you need to shell out.

If you want to build a greenhouse that can withstand the forces of nature, you need to use high-quality materials. It can be costly at first, but you will reap the benefits through time.

There are a variety of greenhouse styles and structures to choose from. Select the best materials that can hold your chosen structure well. For the covering, you can choose from a wide variety that is available today, from UV-stabilized polyethylene to fiberglass. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. You just have to know which one fits your needs and budget. One the other hand, if you are too busy to build from scratch, you can buy greenhouses online and have them delivered right to your doorstep.

3. Choose the ventilation and heating systems that you will use.

Since the primary purpose of a greenhouse is to provide the right level of heat to your plants in spite of the external conditions, it is important to invest in good ventilation and heating systems. Although most of the heat in your greenhouse is from the sun, it is beneficial to have a backup heating system during cold seasons.  Conversely, a good ventilation system will also come in handy during the summer season.

The benefits of having your own greenhouse far outweigh its disadvantages.  Not only does it save you from buying expensive, not-so-fresh, and inorganic fruits and vegetables, it also allows you to grow beautiful flowers all year long.


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