A wooden greenhouse is definitely one of the most convenient and affordable ways to grow plants indoors. However, it should also be noted that any kind of wooden greenhouse can still be successfully utilized for greenhouse gardening, provided that certain criteria are met. First, you must prepare the greenhouse before you actually set it up. This includes preparing any shelving or storage options, as well as constructing a way to reach the greenhouse, and cleaning up any debris on the surface of the greenhouse after you have finished using it. With that said, let us take a look at some more guidelines for wooden greenhouses.
The most important factor when it comes to using a wooden greenhouse is to be sure that it has been built in the right spot to get the benefits of shade and protection. As such, you want to make sure that the location receives an adequate amount of sunlight throughout the growing season. One common mistake with greenhouses made from wood is that they are placed so close to structures that provide them shade, such as buildings, or homes. While it is possible to find greenhouses that are large enough to meet this criteria, keep in mind that a 10 foot by ten foot area would be more than adequate if you were growing a small plant or two.
If you are not sure which location will work best for your greenhouse, you may want to choose a section of your backyard to place it. If you have a larger piece of land to work with, you can build a shaded section of your yard. If you do not, you can also opt for a smaller section of your yard to place a wooden greenhouse over. As long as it is shaded and receives an adequate amount of sunlight during the day, you should be fine. If you do not have any of these options, however, you will need to prepare the area appropriately by adding adequate vegetation to the area, such as lilies or bushes.
It is important that you know how to properly care for and maintain a wooden greenhouse once it has been built. Unlike a plastic garden, it is more difficult to maintain wooden greenhouses because of the materials used to construct them. Because they are more brittle, it is important to use a sturdy building material for them, such as bricks or wood. Even though they are more prone to breakage than plastic greenhouses, you should still remember to include some type of covering on them at least once a year. Rotate the plants inside of the greenhouse to prevent any serious damage from occurring.
For the most part, a wooden greenhouse will require almost no maintenance. They are generally very stable and do not warp, rot, or become brittle in extreme temperatures. If you live in an area that experiences extremes in temperature, however, you may need to apply a protective sealant to the outside of the structure. If you do decide to paint the exterior, be sure that you allow plenty of time to dry before applying the paint. This will help keep the paint from becoming too watery and may need to be reapplied each year.
The frame of a wooden greenhouse can usually be purchased pre-built or you can purchase a kit to assemble. Most kits will come with a sturdy frame that is made from wood, which is commonly coated with a weather-resistant varnish to give it additional durability. When choosing the size of the frame, it is important to consider how much space you have available and how much you plan to store in the structure. If you are planning to store a lot of soil, for example, you may want to choose a larger frame in order to allow ample room for your pots and other accessories. A small frame may not be enough space for a specimen plant and other larger items.
An aluminum greenhouse frame may be a more popular choice among those who are looking for a modern wooden greenhouse. These frames are lightweight and durable, but they do require more maintenance. Although aluminum is extremely light, it can rust if exposed to certain types of weather. An aluminum greenhouse does not allow sunlight to filter through its frame, which can make it difficult to maintain a natural look for your backyard scenery.
Before deciding on any type of wooden greenhouse, it is important to check to see if your location will receive an excess of heat or a lack of heat. Excess heat is usually found in the southern states where the temperatures can get very warm during the summer months. However, an aluminum roof may not be the best choice for a northern backyard because it can not provide protection from the elements. If you live in a location where the climate is extremely cold during the winter months, an aluminum roof may be the ideal choice because it is extremely durable and can withstand extreme cold. However, an aluminum greenhouse is still inferior to a properly insulated wood greenhouse in terms of energy efficiency.