Are you looking for a way to extend the growing season of your garden? A backyard greenhouse may be the answer. These are one of the easier DIY projects. There are plans for many designs and different sizes and most are available for download from the internet. There are even online tutorials on how to build a small greenhouse. There are several considerations when choosing plans and materials for a backyard greenhouse.
The first is to find a size that will meet your needs. How many plants will you be growing and how much space do you have? You should also think about the size and height of your plants since some small greenhouses don’t have a lot of headroom.
Of course, you should also consider how much time and money you have to spend on the project. Small greenhouse plans run the gamut from super simple to extravagant. It is just a matter of what you can afford in time and money. It also helps if you are experienced in woodworking or carpentry since most of these small greenhouse plans will require at least some basic skills.
You should also consider how much space you have. If you live in the country and have several acres, you will most likely have plenty of room for a new greenhouse. However, if you live in the city or only have a small lot, size will be important.
If you space is limited, consider a hotbed or a flat greenhouse. Either of these designs is perfect for growing vegetables and berries. Their design allows you to easily enter and walk around and there’s room to work on the plants. These designs don’t accommodate taller plants such as corn or tomatoes, so if you want to grow these vegetables, too, you might consider a container garden or a taller greenhouse.
If you have the space for a taller greenhouse, there are many different styles. There is more room to move around and space for shelves for plants. You can even build a taller greenhouse with drip pipes and faucets for hoses. A tall greenhouse doesn’t necessarily have a bigger footprint. This type of greenhouse can still fit in a smaller space.
Your greenhouse frame can be made from wood, metal or PVC pipes. Greenhouse designs can be almost anything, from a square to a hoop. It is really a matter of preference and space.
Another important consideration when choosing greenhouse plans is ventilation. Even a small greenhouse must have some type of ventilation. Moderating the climate of the greenhouse is also important. Most stay warm as a result of sunshine coming in through the glass or plastic. However, if you live in a colder climate, you may have to consider adding some type of heater to keep your plants alive when the temperatures drop.
Choosing your greenhouse plans is one of the most important steps in learning how to build a small greenhouse. Keep in mind how much space you have and what type plants you will grow. Choose plans that incorporate everything you’ll need in your greenhouse to raise healthy plants