Having a home-based greenhouse enables you to expand your gardening knowledge and cultivate crops with which you can feed your family. Some people’s greenhouses are so advanced that they grow their entire vegetable requirement right there at home and virtually never have to rely on commercially grown vegetables!
A greenhouse that is properly managed and maintained can yield a huge amount of vegetables all year round. A greenhouse means that the seasons do not have an impact on vegetable growing and you are able to grow vegetables during the summer which would only normally be grown during the autumn or winter, such as carrots.
The humble greenhouse is a structure which is becoming more prevalent in the gardens of homes all around the nation as more and more people are developing their green fingers and growing their own food. There are many different types of greenhouses and greenhouse kits, and it can be hard figuring out where to get started. To make matters more complicated, there are many different types and style of greenhouse, and choosing the right one is more than just a matter of personal taste.
Here are three of the most common types of greenhouse.
#1: The Conventional Greenhouse
The conventional greenhouse is the one you would expect to see in somebody’s garden. It is a post and rafter-based design, which never looks out of place sitting at the end of a sprawling lawn. Due to the simplicity of its construction, it is the most popular type of greenhouse. It may be rather ‘conventional’, but this design is among the sturdiest, with strong rafters supporting the roof.
The materials used are generally glass paneling with a wooden or brick frame. More recently, polycarbonate glazing panels have started to be used more and more as they are a cheaper material and they substantially lower the costs of the greenhouse kit.
The straightforward and simple nature of the conventional greenhouse’s design maximizes the available space and it provides optimum air circulation, particularly along its straight side walls. It does require a lot of materials in comparison to other designs, however.
#2: The Hoop House
The aptly named ‘hoop house’ lends its name to its shape. Although the hoop house can easily be constructed using a straight-lined structure, the hoop house is generally curved at the top and has hoops made from plastic PVC or aluminum pipes. The hoop house is covered up with a single layer of plastic, with second and third layers being an optional extra should there be a need for extra insulation. Hoop houses are one of the more budget-friendly designs out there due to their relatively simple designs and cheap materials.
The hoop house is a great choice for anybody who does not care about style over substance and, although a rare sight in people’s gardens, the humble hoop house is commonly seen on farms or agricultural lots. The hoop house is very easy to build, and it can be adapted to smaller portions of land. The shape of its design allows rain, snow, and anything else to run off of its sides, too. The only downside to the hoop house that its structure is not as sturdy as its contemporary counterparts.
#3: The Cold Frame
The simple cold frame is by far the simplest and cheapest option when it comes to greenhouses. A cold frame is a simple structure which is used to cover plants you have growing in your garden and is perfect for use on a smaller scale, say where you are growing a few herb plants in your garden. The cold frame protects smaller plants from lower temperatures, rain, wind, and snow.
Any materials can be used on the cold frame, with glass or plastic sheeting being the classic go-to covering materials. The cold frame is one of the more popular types of greenhouse because of its simplicity: a mere bottomless box with a skylight which can be opened and closed. Many of the simplest cold frame designs consist of nothing but a wooden box with some glass or plastic on the top and can easily be made from materials you have laying around at home.
Choosing the right greenhouse is not a very difficult process. When it comes down to it, it is simply a case of choosing the greenhouse which fits your needs; you don’t need a huge hoop house if you are only going to be growing a few herb plants and some carrots!