While we are all still stuck at home because of COVID-19, many of us may be wondering what hobbies or skills we can pick up during our time at home. One way many people have begun spending their time is by gardening! If you have started utilizing your green thumb, you know how rewarding it can be to grow your own food from your very own backyard. The unfortunate part is that as the weather gets colder, you lose all your awesome plants that you worked so hard to grow!
A great way to combat this is through the addition of a greenhouse or at least a small green space within your home. If you have the room and want to put to use those heavy duty metal shelving units that are sitting around your garage, this is a way for you to continue growing and gardening all year long! If this sounds like something you’d like to do, it is important to do your research beforehand and be sure you are capable of the upkeep and everything it takes. This includes acquiring the appropriate organization and storage to keep things clean, healthy and running smoothly!
The first thing you will want to determine before starting your greenhouse is how much space you are going to need. You should determine the amount of plants or vegetables you will want to grow and then be sure to take into account how big those each grow individually. It is typically advised to give yourself more space than you think you will need. This is because oftentimes those who start, end up wanting to plant more, so try to be generous with your space if you are able to!
Also, be sure that you set up in a place that has lots and lots of light and headroom. This is space that vegetables use to grow upwards, but can also be used for other hanging plants as well, which is a great place to store flowers and other plants during the winter and spring months.
There are actually more greenhouses than you probably think. This makes it super easy to incorporate one into your home regardless of how much space you have. If you have a lot of space, you can go with a detached or a hoop house greenhouse. These are ones you are probably picturing when you think of a greenhouse. They are great and a decently cheap option. They allow for a lot of different plants and give you an ample amount of space.
Other options are available for those who don’t have as much space to work with. There are frame greenhouses and portable greenhouses, which allow you to still grow year round without taking up a huge amount of space. Whichever greenhouse you decide to go with, be sure that it works with whatever you are planning to plant and you know that it will fit in your space.
It is important to have a good storage system in place when you begin to build your greenhouse. This will keep all your plants in place and be sure that they are getting the correct amount of sunlight and water. Heavy duty metal shelving is a great item to utilize when you need more vertical space. This allows you to stack your plants and vegetables while allowing for nice airflow between them.
Whether you need a new hobby or simply want to start growing your own produce, starting a greenhouse, whether big or small, is an awesome way to take a stab at your green thumb. All you need to do is do a bit of research, pick your plants, set yourself up with some heavy duty metal shelving and get started planning your awesome greenhouse! If you need some help with organization or storage, give us a call and we can help you out!