Would like to add a greenhouse to my garden, where would be the best place to start looking for info? - T.J. -
We have several friends with greenhouses. Not one of them started in the same place. Each likes their set-up:
- One is a conservatory built onto the house and full year-round with "houseplants" as well as bedding geraniums, seedling trees and cuttings.
- The second is a gravel floored, 300 square foot hoop house covered in heavy, clear polyvinyl. It came as a kit from a greenhouse supply company, an inexpensive way to cover a large area for seasonal growing (flats of annuals and vegetables for sale at the Farm Market) and a bit of protection for marginal plants in winter.
- The third is a rectangular building, metal frame covered with rigid, translucent plastic panels. It's just 60 square feet of growing space, which serves as a last step to the outdoors for annual plants started and grown under lights indoors.
You can imagine they all shopped for different things, from style that suited the house to ease of assembly. None of their experience in doing that shopping is recent, however. We'd love to hear from people who have purchased greenhouses in the last year or two.
One thing our three friends did have in common in their reports is ventilation -- to be sure whatever you buy can be adequately and easily vented. Dead air is truly a killer in a greenhouse.
We'll compile what we have learned for a What's Up article, but would really love to hear from more greenhouse users about structures suitable for a backyard. If you're in this group, could you tell us:
- Did you begin by reading catalogs, or architecture guides, or what?
- What features and accessories are you most glad you have, and which have been disappointing or not worth the cost?