Do you just hate putting away your gardening gloves after fall harvest? Does your green thumb throb with gardening fever on the first day of spring? Don't be dismayed! Greenhouse gardening offers the dedicated gardener several gardening alternatives to extend the growing season to three seasons and even four seasons a year!
Besides extending the growing season, greenhouse gardening gives you the opportunity to grow exotic plants that need special TLC and growing conditions. Like indoor gardening, growing plants in a greenhouse puts you in control of the temperature, the water supply, and the light requirements.
The cost of growing a plant in a garden greenhouse is about twenty-five cents if starting with seeds in a six-inch pot. If you choose to begin with cuttings or other transplants, the price averages from about thirty to fifty cents per plant.
Cold frames, greenhouse kits, window greenhouses, and solariums (sunrooms) are all gardening alternatives that help you extend your growing season. No specific type is the "right" hobby greenhouse. Base your purchase on your gardening needs and the style and quality of your choice. For beginning gardeners, starting with a small greenhouse is the best introduction to greenhouse gardening.
Of course, your first consideration is finding an appropriate spot for your hobby greenhouse!
Aside from incorporating your greenhouse location into your overall landscape design, you'll want to be sure that your greenhouse is more than eye candy in your yard. Choose an area that is level, clean, and has low traffic. Your hobby greenhouse will need a generous supply of sunshine. In locating your hobby greenhouse, consider:
If possible, give the longest side of your greenhouse a south face. Greenhouse roofs are designed to capture the maximum amount of sunlight during winter months. A south face ensures that you'll lose the least amount of sunlight through reflection. In addition, during warm weather, a south face lets you protect your plants during hot summer weather with a single shade cloth.
Ventilation and temperature are two other factors to consider when locating your greenhouse. As temperatures rise, your plants need more air circulation, lest you cook them before they get a chance to grow!→ Greenhouse Gardening: Types of Greenhouses