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Greenhouses are experiencing an unprecedented surge in popularity. People from all different locations and walks of life are discovering the joy of greenhouse gardening. With several greenhouse options available, there is a perfect structure for everyone.

Whether you wish to start seedlings in your greenhouse, grow exotic plants or grow a year-round harvest of lettuce, a greenhouse is the best way to get outstanding results and to extend your growing season. Before embarking on your greenhouse journey, it is important to do your research. Here are some key questions to answer before embarking on the quest for the perfect greenhouse.

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How Will you Use the Greenhouse?

Understanding the primary purpose of your greenhouse is the first step in making an informed decision. Are you planning to start seedlings, cultivate exotic plants, or ensure a year-round harvest of crops like lettuce? Different greenhouse designs cater to specific needs, ranging from basic structures for seedlings to more advanced setups with climate control features for growing exotic plants.

If you only want to use a greenhouse to start some seedlings in the spring, a basic greenhouse structure will do. On the other hand, if you want to grow tropical plants year-round, you would need an insulated greenhouse designed to hold in heat. Additionally, it is also important to have good greenhouse ventilation for optimal results.

For many people, retreating to their greenhouse is their favorite way to escape from the chaos of the day. If relaxation is your ultimate goal, be sure to choose a greenhouse that provides good insulation so you are comfortable in the greenhouse year-round.

By clearly defining your goals, you can narrow down the options and choose a greenhouse that aligns with your gardening aspirations.

What Size Greenhouse Do You Need?

You also need to consider the size of greenhouse that you would like to purchase. Many gardeners underestimate the amount of space they will use in the greenhouse. Keep in mind that greenhouse gardening tends to be addictive and many people end up filling their greenhouse within the first season of use! Consider greenhouses that offer extension kits, which are a convenient way to add additional space.

The size you choose also depends on how well the inside space of the greenhouse is utilized. While some greenhouses offer little or no shelving, others come with double-tiered shelves and hanging rods.

The greenhouse you choose may also depend on the space you have available in your yard. You need to be sure that there is plenty of room for the greenhouse and room to maneuver around it. It is also important that the greenhouse location will receive plenty of light. Southern exposure is best for your greenhouse plants.

What Is Your Greenhouse Budget?

Greenhouses come in a wide range of prices, and establishing a budget is crucial in narrowing down your options. Consider not only the initial cost of the greenhouse but also potential long-term expenses such as maintenance, heating, and cooling.

Keep in mind, that a bigger upfront investment can save you money in the long run. Ongoing costs, like heating, will be significantly less with an energy-efficient greenhouse. Even if you don't plan to heat, an energy-efficient greenhouse will allow you to grow a few more weeks in the spring and fall. Additionally, a cheap greenhouse may only up last a few years or even less. If you can afford the upfront costs, it definitely pays to spend more on a quality greenhouse.

Start Searching for the Best Greenhouse

Perhaps the most important component to greenhouse success is research! Greenhouse gardening typically has different demands than outdoor gardening. Invest in a good greenhouse book that not only provides unique ideas that you may not have thought of, but that also helps you to take care of the small problems as they arise. Try talking to local nurseries and gardeners that grow in greenhouses for suggestions that are region-specific. Don’t be quick to settle when choosing a greenhouse; investigate all of your options prior to purchasing so that you get exactly what you’re looking for.


For those who want to get started in this exciting and versatile hobby, there is truly a wide array of greenhouses and a wealth of information available. Consult a knowledgeable greenhouse company for help in finding the perfect greenhouse for you!

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