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Summer is almost up, and fall will be here shortly. If you regret having not gardened more or your garden didn’t do as well as you’d hoped, don’t worry. You can still reap the benefits of a garden by building a greenhouse.
In this article, we’ll go over the top benefits of having a greenhouse and why you should consider starting one today.
1. Control the environment
A greenhouse gives you complete control over your growing environment. It lets you control the temperature (e.g. by capturing the heat inside the structure), the soil types (e.g. by using a variety of soils), the irrigation and moisture (e.g. with a drip irrigation system), and the lights (e.g. with grow lights).
This means you can customize the greenhouse conditions to fit the exact needs of whatever plants you are growing.
2. Protect the environment
Plants are fragile. But if you grow them in a greenhouse, they are much more robust. A greenhouse can keep plants safe from pests and predators (e.g. moles, deer, and squirrels), insects (e.g. ladybugs, ants, and flies), and extreme weather conditions (e.g. torrential rain, droughts, high winds, dust storms, thunder storms, blizzards, and extreme heat and cold).
How? You build a sound greenhouse structure with sufficient screens and traps to not let anything in. This lets you garden in almost any climate because everything is protected from the outside.
3. Garden all year long
Greenhouses let you grow in most climates and at any time of year. That’s right. You control when you plant, reap, and sow by adapting the environment inside the greenhouse accordingly. So if your natural growing season is short, you’re in luck. You can extend the growing season indefinitely by retaining heat with the greenhouse structure, even in cold climates.
4. Try a variety of plants
Greenhouses open up a host of new planting opportunities. Try growing fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, herbs, and even spices—anything you haven’t been able to grow in the past. For example, you can experiment with exotic plants that don’t usually grow in your local area, like mangoes in a cold climate or carrots in a warm one.
This is also a great way to save on your grocery bill since there are more foods you can grow on your own. Stop relying on the grocery store as much (especially now that grocery prices are up).
5. Go green
A greenhouse lets you garden in a way that helps the environment. For example, you can keep away from harmful pesticides often used in commercial gardening, and you can take advantage of the sun’s energy. Do your part to make the world a little greener and help fight climate change.
6. Keep all your gardening equipment in one place
It’s easy for gardening tools to get lost or damaged when you leave them outside. A greenhouse lets you keep all your gardening tools in one place. If you keep them all in the greenhouse, they’ll be protected from the weather and be easier to keep track of.
7. Reduce stress
Lastly, greenhouse gardening can help you relax and take a break from your day-to-day worries. It’s a hobby that can be very therapeutic. Let your greenhouse be an oasis for your plants and for your mind. This will improve your mental health and increase your overall happiness.
At the end of the day, starting a greenhouse has many benefits. It’s not for everyone, but you never know if it’s for you unless you try. That’s why we recommend starting with a small greenhouse and upgrading to a bigger one if you find you like it.
You can find large and small greenhouse kits online on ecommerce sites like Amazon. Do some shopping around and see what you can find. You may just find your next project!