Having a greenhouse can help you tend to your plants while doing some good for the environment. You’ll save space, have fewer operating costs and can even save energy. And with land-based sources accounting for around 80 percent of annual marine pollution, you may even want to consider composting to further your eco-friendly impact.
So if you’ve been considering starting your own greenhouse in the near (or even distant) future, here are a few simple design tips to keep in mind.
Know Where the Sun Is
First and foremost, you have to get the orientation of your greenhouse right. You need to be mindful of where the sun rises and sets to make sure your plant babies are getting the sunlight they need to thrive.
While some greenhouses face directly toward the sun, which is to the south, you should consider a
This can help your greenhouse avoid overheating, which isn’t good for plants. So it’s best to start by figuring out where your greenhouse is going to go and choose the right orientation.
Keep it Organized
If you’ve checked out online photos or have read gardening and plant magazines or books (for the record, 67% of Americans still claim to have read a print book in the last year), you probably have a good idea of what you want your greenhouse to look like.
But no matter how pretty your greenhouse is, it’s going to be difficult for you to care for your plants if it’s not organized. So when you’re choosing a layout, you’ll need to keep organization at the forefront of your mind.
You should have aisles in the area that will help you navigate the space, and you also shouldn’t forget to utilize vertical space. This is especially true when it comes to smaller greenhouses that may run out of room pretty quickly. By growing up instead of out, you can easily see and reach all your plants without overcrowding the space.
Don’t Forget to Insulate
Greenhouses are supposed to let a lot of light and heat in to keep the plants happy. But once the inside of a greenhouse is heated, it needs to stay warm. This is where insulation comes into play. Insulation is especially important during the colder months, but greenhouses should have some level of insulation all year round.
You’re likely going to build your greenhouse with a variety of materials, such as stainless steel, which can last at least 100 years. And the materials you use for insulation will depend on which seasons you plan on growing things in, as well as whether you plan on having additional heat sources or not.
Regardless, you should focus on heavily insulating the walls that don’t get direct sunlight, like the north wall. And you should also consider insulating the floors—since heat rises, plants closer to the ground can get cold, so insulation is key.
Greenhouses are great because they can be customized to your wants and needs. And if you follow these three simple greenhouse design tips, you’ll be able to create a wonderful area in which your favorite plants can live in no time.