Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hobby Greenhouses

I'm interested in greenhouses, but I admit to not knowing a thing about them. What is the right choice for me? Will I get any benefit from owning one or will it be just another storage space? I wanted to make the right choices for my next yard and garden needs, so I asked a guest writer for CSNSheds to tell me a little about them. I hope it helps you, too.

Year Round Hobby Gardening

For many people a hobby greenhouse is a great way to relax, relieve stress, and for some it can be quite a therapeutic experience. There are many reasons to start your own greenhouse. Whether you are looking for something to do in your spare time, a new passion to help enrich your life, or a stress reliever after a long day of work, maintaining a hobby greenhouse has countless mental health benefits.

There are many types of people that can benefit from the therapeutic elements of tending a greenhouse. People that are recovering from serious health issues, have recently dealt with a great loss, and even people that have recently retired can all use a greenhouse to help improve their moods and the quality of their lives.

Small hobby greenhouses are also easy to set up in your yard. Depending on the type of greenhouse you choose, you can either install it yourself, or with the help of few friends or family members. Hobby greenhouses come in 3 basic styles. Portable, glass, and polycarbonate hobby greenhouses are the most popular choices.

Portable greenhouses are usually made of plastic and are not large enough for you to enter. They are meant to be opened from several different sections to reach all of the plant life that is housed inside. Due to the size of this type of greenhouse, all gardening tools would have to be stored in an outdoor shed to help conserve space. Portable greenhouses are excellent for beginners who aren’t quite ready to invest the money in a larger structure.

Glass and polycarbonate greenhouses are usually large enough for a person to enter and walk around inside. They also offer increased visibility and can accommodate larger plants and in some cases even small trees. If you plan to put your greenhouse in an area known to have extended periods of intense sunlight, a polycarbonate greenhouse would be a better choice as they are better at diffusing light than their glass counterparts. This helps cut down on the amount of sun damage that can affect the plant life inside.

No matter what type of greenhouse you decide to purchase, be sure to check with the zoning board in your town before erecting a unit. This is especially important in the case of larger more permanent structures. Certain towns and cities may have rules about constructing sheds or greenhouses in your yard. You certainly don’t want to take the time and effort to build your own greenhouse only to be forced to take it down.

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nancybond said...

Interesting and informative, Jane Marie. My Dad had a glass greenhouse like the one in your first picture, and about the same size -- he built it from windows he salvaged when he tore down an old house on his property. :)

patientgardener said...

I love my greenhouse - it is about 3'x4' - tiny I know but we have limited flat space in the garden. Its amazing though how much, with careful planning, I can grow in it. It is in use all year round. A fabulous investment

Mildred said...

Thanks for this info. Nalley always was fascinated by greenhouses. I'll share this info with him. Have a very good weekend.

Sydney Plumber said...

Great post, Nice information of green house hobby........... thank you

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a very interesting and informative post Jane Marie-not that I have room in my yard for a greenhouse & as you said, it would probably turn into storage space!!


Cathy said...

Hey Jane Marie,

Me being an Indoor Gardener would
get the one that is attached to
the house, I am thinking of doing
the same thing within a few years.
best of luck ;)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Jane Marie, something very strange is going on... I am a follower of your blog, but for some reason, I didn't see these posts till now. Hmmmm... methinks that blogger might be on the fritz.

My family doctor had a greenhouse years ago and grew orchids. That was his passion. He lived to be way up in his nineties and was still enjoying it into his twilight years! I think a greenhouse is a wise investment for those who love plants! :-)



Diane said...

I love the one that fits on the side of the house! I have been dreaming of one for my herbs. I'll keep these guys in mind for when I'm ready. Thanks Jane Marie!

denise said...

Being garden addicted I have several greenhouses, a built in one, a hoop house for the spring and summer and 2 portables for inside a larger greenhouse or by the house.

My greenhouses keep me sane when the snow is knee deep.

sun greenhouses said...

Thanks for your information.
There should be greenhouses for plants, and portable ones for nursery.