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Greenhouse Designs – Choosing The Best For Your Garden

By Owen Jones_

If you are a keen gardener, then you perhaps would like or already have a greenhouse. A greenhouse allows a gardener to indulge in gardening all year round, but did you know that the design of the greenhouse is very important? Greenhouse designs vary according to what they are to be used for and to some extent where the garden is situated. Therefore, when it comes to greenhouse designs, choosing the best for your garden is quite important.

If you get the correct greenhouse for your intentions and use it properly, your greenhouse will pay for itself over and over again, but not only that, it will repay for its carbon footprint by growing more flowers which will in turn help keep the environment in balance. Not to mention keeping the gardener contented. Everybody is a winner with a greenhouse.

Greenhouses are not cheap and one often wonders why. There just does not seem to be much to them to make them so costly. For this reason, it is imperative that you get the best of greenhouse designs for what you want to grow.

You will also have to take size into account: the amount of space that you can allow for your new greenhouse and how many plants you want to produce in it.

After you have considered the overall size that you would like, the next deliberation is the basic structure. Do you want it attached to your house like a lean-to or do you want it to be free-standing?

Free-standing greenhouse designs are more expensive but they are also the more flexible of the two greenhouse designs. They are more expensive because you will have to have four walls not three and you will have to run water and electric mains to it.

Free-standing greenhouse designs are more flexible and therefore offer greater proceeds because you can locate them wherever you like to gain the most light from the sun. Normally, this means having the longest side to the south in the northern hemisphere.

Attached greenhouse designs use the wall of the house or garage as one wall of the greenhouse. Which wall of the greenhouse that is, is up to you of course, but if you can utilize one of the gable ends, the short side, so much the better.

Endeavor to have one of the longest walls facing the sun for most of the day. Again, you will have to run water and electricity into it, but this does not usually mean burying the cable and pipe underground or armouring the cable, which works out less expensive.

Once you have made your choice from the several greenhouse designs, you can make your mind up which plants you would like to cultivate in it. You can literally grow anything you like, if you create the right ecosystem for it. So, if you want to have as much flexibility as possible invest in a good lighting system.

Get the best and most adaptable you can afford. Look for ones that will provide a broad range spectrum ‘grow light’, so that your plants will not suffer in the winter and get normal tube lighting for yourself for when you need to see better.

Owen Jones, the writer of this article writes on a number of subjects, but is now concerned with visual comfort lighting. If you would like to know more or check out some great offers, please go to our website at Outdoor Wall Lamps.

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