Choosing the best site for your greenhouse construction may not be as easy as it sounds. The ideal location should provide good daily light throughout the year, adhere to relevant building codes, protect the greenhouse from chronic weather problems like strong winds and heavy snow and rainfall, give plants optimum growing conditions, lets the gardener work conveniently the year around, and present the most pleasant appearance possible in your landscape. — Such ideal locations are few and far between, but, with some compromises, most gardeners can find a suitable spot.
Many of the obstacles you’ll encounter in finding space for a greenhouse will be out of your control: building codes, the amount of land you have available, obstructions — such as trees or buildings — located off your property that block light, and the amount of money you can spend. -Since you can do little to change these situations, consider all your possible options carefully. You may find that some of the “obstacles” can work in your favor.
Below are some interesting considerations you should take into account before making a decision.
– Building codes can be sticky. Most building construction and land use, including a hobby greenhouse, is regulated by local building codes. Some areas will be virtually free of restrictions; other areas will follow very strict codes. Most people encounter only moderate local restrictions regarding greenhouse construction.
– The space may be your problem. Most of us have limited amounts of land to devote to a greenhouse, and local building codes may limit the possibilities even more. You will need a location that can handle the size of the greenhouse you’ve selected and provide the necessary sunlight.
If your available land is very limited, remember that lean-to greenhouses are great space savers. Incorporating part of a side yard area into a greenhouse, makes use of space that often is wasted or used only to conceal utility storage. Greenhouse gardeners who live in apartments or condominiums might consider enclosing a porch or balcony.
If space is no problem, try to keep your greenhouse close enough to the house to be convenient for you. Daily watering can become a chore during winter months or other periods of miserable weather if you have to wade through snow or rain puddles to reach the greenhouse.
* This is part one of a two-part article. Part two will be published on Thursday morning.
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