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Greenhouse Technology - How to build greenhouse
Greenhouse growing is not merely a money making proposition nor is it a simple pastime calling for occasional action. It is instead an absorbing hobby, which enables to produce a range of plants which can be used for commercial purposes also. If used properly greenhouse offers a way to extend the joy of gardening.
A greenhouse helps in extending the gardening activities and allows us to grow plants that might otherwise be impossible. Inside greenhouse we have a protected environment and a group of plants which rely on us for their very existence, As a definition, we can state that ŤA greenhouse is generally a place where plants are raised and cultivated rather than set out for display". A greenhouse offers a way to extend the joy of gardening, so it should be used properly. Outdoor, plants are in a environment where one can not control -frost, wind, rain and other environmental hazards. Here the results depends entirely on the type and facilities inside a greenhouse and our own skill rather than on the various of soil type and weather.
Greenhouses need constant attention at most times of the year and this means every day in summer unless we install an automatic ventilator and an automatic watering system. It should not be considered merely as a money making proposition nor it is a simple pastime calling for occasional action. Instead of absorbing hobby which enables one to produce a range of plants at a time when the garden counterparts are far C behind or their growth outdoor is impossible. Judicious use of greenhouses helps in attaining good profits when used commercially. Here in a greenhouse there is: a steady stream of jobs to do, but none of those is strenuous which makes green- house growing especially suitable for the not so-young and the disabled.
A greenhouse can be used for:
-Producing half hardy perennials or bedding annually grown from seed both during sowing and pricking out.
-Protect tender plants and bulbs during the winter months.
-Grow hobby plants such as chrysanthemums, fuschia's or exotic orchids.
-Cultivate indoor pot plants.
-Cultivate alpine species.
-Use it for commercial purposes.
The site for a greenhouse should be preferably close to main electricity and water supplies. The site should be level, open and should not be sheltered and overshadowed by trees. Ideally oriented so the long axis can lien east-west to optimize the use of light.
Size of the Greenhouse
It can be of any convenient size ranging from 6 ft x 4.5 ft to 20 ft to 10ft. Recommending the most suitable size is not an easy task and one has to consider various factors. A tiny house saves money but has two disadvantages.
1. It is much more difficult to control the environment in a small house than in a large one, draughts and sudden fluctuations in temperature are serious problems.
2. Most gardeners find that they need more space after a year or two; If space is available it is advisable to buy a modular greenhouse which can be extended if needed.
The most popular size of a greenhouse is 8 feet long x 6 ft wide, where space is restricted. If we want to have staging on both sides of the house, then 10 ft x 8 ft size is advisable. The size should be in keeping with the area of the garden; a large green house can be very costly to heat and a structure which is more than 8 ft well usually need a concrete base.
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