All gardening enthusiasts dream of one day having a greenhouse. Indeed, this device allows one to indulge in this passion at all times, regardless of the season. It also recreates the best conditions for plants. However, to choose a greenhouse adequately, one must take certain factors into consideration, such as ventilation, glazing, size, foundations….without forgetting the type of greenhouse. So, feel free to explore all options until you find one that suits you.

Different types of greenhouses are currently availlable on the market. These include tunnel greenhouses, those made in aluminum and cold frames. Each of them has unique characteristics that make them ideal choices, depending on their intended use. Tunnel greenhouses for example, are perfect for early crops, and can be useful in market gardening to ensure protection from frost. As for aluminium greenhouses, they are suitable for horticulture, winter gardens, and seedbeds Moreover, they can adapt to all temperature levels, regardless of whether the greenhouse is temperate or tropical. Regarding cold frames, they look like miniature greenhouses and are ideal for planting vegetables and crops in the fall. However, before making a definite choice, it is best to consider some criteria that really make a difference.

Which criteria to take into account when choosing a greenhouse?

When choosing a greenhouse, several criteria must be taken into consideration. Among these is the glazing of the greenhouse. Glass is the most suitable material for getting the best greenhouse effect, but it is also very fragile. In general, two types of glass are sold on the market: horticultural glass and toughened glass. The latter provides a pleasing visual effect and is of very good quality. As for the horticultural glass, it has the advantage of being affordable and easy to replace in case of breakage. Apart from glass, alveolar polycarbonate is a good option. Much stronger and a better isolator, it is however less aesthetic. Moreover, this type of glazing is not recommended for windy areas. You can also find wooden greenhouses that need to be well maintained to last a lifetime and others in plastic.

Apart from the glazing, good ventilation is a prerequisite for a greenhouse. Indeed, this is what helps regulate the greenhouse’s inside temperature. To this end, prefer models with a skylight in the roof, as they will allow hot air to escape.  Side windows are also recommended to get good air circulation, among other things. Everything is perfect with the installation of an automated system to open and close these openings. Still regarding the openings, the door is also a key element to consider when choosing a greenhouse. In fact, it guarantees air circulation and allows people to enter or leave the greenhouse. Thus, it is advisable to opt for a greenhouse that has a sliding door to prevent it from flapping in the wind, a door with enough space to get the plants and the wheelbarrow through with ease. Tables, trays or shelves for seed pans can also be installed.

Finally, the base, size, and assembly time are key criteria to keep in mind when choosing a greenhouse. Regarding the base, the choice depends on the wind speed. A concrete screed or a low wall are suitable in case of strong winds. Furthermore, aluminium bases are also very good. They add height to a greenhouse, and are easily assembled. As for the size of the greenhouse, it mostly depends on the garden and budget. However, know that the more voluminous it is, the easier it will be to control the temperature. Finally, the assembly time varies according to models, ranging from 5 minutes for folding greenhouses to two days for larger models.

The benefits of a greenhouse

Having a garden greenhouse allows one to cultivate at any time of the year with little recourse to pesticide. Seeding before the normal sowing period provides the opportunity to enjoy vegetables and fruits throughout the year. Lettuce, tomatoes, citrus fruits, apples are a few examples among many others.

Maintenance of a greenhouse

Install your greenhouse where it can receive maximum sunlight for as long as possible. Clean it thoroughly at least once a year inside and out. Wood and aluminium structures must be maintained to prevent wear and rust. A well-maintained greenhouse helps fight against infections that threaten plants.

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Published in Gardening equipment by Alexander on 06 Sep 2011