*Gardening is one of the most pleasant past times available. Not only is the act of gardening a peaceful and rewarding exercise– it also helps to create a renewable and environmentally-friendly source of food for your family.
If you want to take your gardening to the next level, you may be interested in pursuing a DIY greenhouse. These greenhouses can be pretty and practical and make gorgeous outdoor decor. Best of all, they can be made in a variety of sizes and styles so you’ll always be able to make one that works for you.
Need more help with creating your own greenhouse? Read on and we’ll walk you through a step by step process to create your own.
Choose a Location
The obvious first step in creating your DIY greenhouse is deciding where it’s going to go in your yard. You should pick an area with enough room (obviously) and one that is facing North or South.
Consistent sunlight is important to a greenhouse, so make sure you’re picking an area that isn’t too shady. It can also be very helpful to build your greenhouse with the south wall being the side of a building, known as a ‘lean-to’ wall. If there’s a place in your backyard where you can use the side of your home or another structure, it can be a great opportunity.
Select a Size and Structure
How big do you want your greenhouse to be? If you only have moderate experience as a gardener, starting small is probably the best idea. However, you really can make your greenhouse as big as you want it to be.
When it comes to the actual structure of the greenhouse, you have a lot of different options. You can buy pre-made greenhouse structures from home improvement stores that usually run somewhere between $100 and $200 dollars. These come in various sizes and are often the easiest option if you’re not too handy.
If you do consider yourself quite a craftsmen, you could make your own structure out of PVC pipes and UV protected polythene material. This will be a lot more involved of a task, but possibly much more rewarding (and affordable!) as well.
Once you’ve decided on these elements, build your frame and walls. You’ll have the outside structure of the greenhouse all figured out.
Fill It With Life
Once you’ve created your greenhouse, you’ll need to decide what kind of plant life you want to put in it. Are you interested in growing fruits and vegetables, or more exotic plant life like the areca palm? There’s no wrong answer as long as you take the time to understand the needs of the plant life you’re looking to take care of.
Once you’ve made this decision, make sure you create a temperate environment in the greenhouse that will support the kind of plants that you’ve purchased.
Making a DIY Greenhouse
There’s little more rewarding a task than creating a DIY greenhouse in your own backyard. The above steps should help walk you through getting up and running in no time.
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