In today’s times, more and more individuals are turning to farming and gardening to provide fresh, nutritional produce and food for their family and friends. With pesticides, chemicals, and other toxic substances becoming more prevalent in today’s society, and with the ever-present fear of GMOs (which aren’t necessarily a bad thing), you may be considering building your own greenhouse from scratch, so that you can grow beautiful, delicious food any time of the year.
One of the biggest benefits to creating your own greenhouse rather than planting outdoors is the fact that greenhouses maintain a constant temperature and climate inside, allowing you to grow fruit and vegetables that may otherwise be out of season and not able to be grown. This can allow you to grow healthy, leafy greens, and large, juicy fruit any time of year, without worrying about the heat, the cold, or the other environmental factors that affect seasonal produce.
There are some pretty basic steps for deciding on the greenhouse you want to build, and it all starts with the planning and foundation. This is the most important step of all, because choosing the correct style, size, and frame for your greenhouse is absolutely critical, and can determine the overall level of productivity and effectiveness of your building and produce growing. There are many different types of greenhouse styles, and each one is made specifically for a certain purpose or certain utilization. For example, if you want to grow a large quantity of an extensive range of fruits and vegetables, then you may want to invest in one of the larger types of greenhouses, such as a conventional post and rafter greenhouse. This greenhouse style is typically made out of glass, and provides a significant amount of support, so it can stand up to some of the toughest weather. This, along with the A-Frame structure, is one of the most common greenhouse designs. They both are very versatile and can be made in a large range of sizes. These are very straightforward designs and typically can encompass the majority of most gardener’s needs.
If you are looking for a more affordable, inexpensive greenhouse, and don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on material and other supplies, then you may want to invest in a Hoop House design. These are named after the appearance of the structures, and generally are made with a combination of PVC or aluminum pipes, covered in a layer of durable plastic covering, generally made of polymer. In some cases, you may also want to add an additional layer for more insulation, depending on your climate and produce you’re growing. In general, the construction of a Hoop House can be as low as $1 per square foot, and only cost a few hundred dollars total for the complete construction. You may want to consult a local contracting company to ensure that the materials you decide to use in your greenhouse structure are ideal for the climate and environment that you live in. Choosing a local company such as BNW Builders can allow you to ensure that your investments into your greenhouse system pay off in the long run and are durable and long-lasting.
Once you’ve decided on the overall shape and structure, and have done your research on choosing the best materials and supplies for the job, the next step is to purchase the products and get to installing! Many companies offer both the supplies for construction and an installation package, which can be perfect for those who want a personal greenhouse but don’t want to spend the time and effort on researching and constructing it themselves.
Here is a handy video on a DIY greenhouse you may want to check out: