A greenhouse starter kit can accomplish several things. Firstly, you will be able to get everything a garden enthusiast will need to start a new garden. With this, they will be able to grow plants all year through. Not only will you be able to get a produce for you and your family but you can consider earning a little money on the side by selling a portion of the produce. These kits which are sold will contain everything you would need to set up a greenhouse and begin your gardening.
Choosing a greenhouse starter kit may look simple enough but it is essential you go over a couple of things before you decide to purchase one.
- It is important to know what you want to accomplish by getting a greenhouse. Do some basic research to understand the options you have.
- There is a wide variety of greenhouse available in the market. There are many styles, sizes and shapes to choose from and knowing the pros and cons of those will help you make the right choice.
- In addition, there is the irrigation system, the heating and cooling systems to consider. The choices will depend on what you want out of the greenhouse, the number of plants you plan to house in there and what you plan to spend.
- Having a good understanding of the local climate and how it affects your plants will help you to choose your plants correctly. There are several manuals and information online these days that can guide you in this regard.
- The most crucial element of a greenhouse is the provision of light and retention of heat. Both can be adequately accomplished by using various techniques offered through these kits. Nurseries or websites that offer these kits have experts who can advise you about which kit will serve your purpose well.
What factors should you consider before you start the project?
Ventilation: Ventilation is critical for any greenhouse. It does not matter what the size or shape is. It should be possible for air to enter and exit the structure and that will help to maintain the temperature inside the greenhouse. Warm air should be able to leave the greenhouse structure in summers and similarly, it should be able to retain heat during the cooler seasons.
To begin with manually operated vents, work very well and it is more than sufficient, however, there are many more options available depending on the amount you are willing to spend and how much time you can spend gardening. Several natural ventilation techniques are being used successfully these days as well. These natural techniques have cons as well but they can work if you take into consideration the size of the vents, the location, the greenhouse height and the orientation of the greenhouse.
Insulation: The weather conditions in your area will dictate the amount of insulation that your greenhouse will need. The way you cover up your greenhouse will determine how well your shed is insulated. It should be able to hold the heat inside the greenhouse in colder months, allowing you to heat up space inexpensively. The covers used are typically glass, plastic, polycarbonate walls or polyethylene walls. They all have their own advantages and disadvantages and can be worked with.
Irrigation: Water for plants is essential and plants grown in greenhouses have restricted access to rain water or underground water. So, the plants will be dependent on you for water. There are various systems that can be used to water your plants:
- Sprinklers or sprays
- Solar powered irrigation
- Misting and spraying
- Automated irrigation systems
The size of your greenhouse, the number of plants you have and the type of plants you are growing is what will decide what irrigation system should be used. For instance, sprinklers systems are best used in larger greenhouses with plants that can be considered as wet foliage.
As you can see there are many factors to be considered before you can set up your greenhouse. With technology and competition, there are many options now available for people. All you need to do is to figure out the plants you would love to have and the size of a greenhouse you wish to make.