There are lots of great advantages to lean-to greenhouses, and luckily, there are all kinds of styles to fit any kind of setting. As far as cost goes, a lean-to green house is an affordable option since one wall of the structure is already provided by your home, garage or outbuilding. The only limit to the size of your lean-to greenhouse will be the size of the structure to which it is attached.
Lean-to greenhouses are relatively easy to construct and make a handy addition to any home Service for investors. If you are able to add your lean-to greenhouse over a doorway, it will be a simple matter to access your growing area even in the winter. If you are not able to do this having a lean-to greenhouse attached to the home is still very handy and convenient as compared to a free-standing greenhouse.
If you build a freestanding greenhouse, you must think about foundation, separate lighting, watering and heating arrangements and so on. If your greenhouse is attached to your home, a little clever work on your part or on the part of a home contractor can bring full lighting, water and temperature capability to your new addition. This is one of the major reasons why constructing a lean-to greenhouse is so much cheaper than constructing a free-standing greenhouse.
A lean-to greenhouse also makes efficient use of your property. Rather than cluttering your lot up with a freestanding building, you can tuck your lean-to greenhouse compactly against the side of your house, garage or existing outbuilding and leave more open, usable living space in your yard. Your property will have a tidier appearance with this space saving option.
When choosing what part of your established structure you want to use as a base for a lean-to greenhouse, keep the sun in mind. Remember that if you place your new addition on the east or west side, you will only get half a day of sun. Placing your attached greenhouse on the North could result in freezing in the winter unless you have a good heating system in place. The South side of a structure is usually ideal for placing a lean-to greenhouse because it has the potential for all-day sun and will be protected from northern winds in the winter time. If the sun is too much, you can always add shade in the form of awnings, blinds and other options.
In the winter-time, a lean-to greenhouse can provide a lot of satisfaction for a gardener. There is lots to do in the winter to prepare for the spring planting season, and a lean-to greenhouse can also provide the gardener with a cozy place to sit in the sun and read up on gardening!
Of course, many people fear that they will ruin the lines of their home or depreciate it’s value by making additions such as a lean-to greenhouse. However, that is really not the case. Lean-to greenhouse kits come in all kinds of styles and materials, so it is easy to match almost any architecture and design. Your new attached greenhouse can look as if it were part of the original plan if you choose and construct your kit with care. A lean-to greenhouse adds square footage to your home and enjoyment to your life. Check out the many lean-to greenhouse kits available online today!
I wanted to give you a few examples of how small greenhouses can be beneficial to your overall gardening experience and possibly even make a little extra money while your at it. Your success in each of these areas is totally dependent upon the amount of effort your willing to commit to your gardening venture and your overall skill level of gardening in small greenhouses.
As a point of clarification I consider small greenhouses to be anything that is non-commercial and usually of the backyard variety. Small greenhouses can range in size from 24 sq. ft. all the way up to 500 or 600 sq. ft., which is still considerably smaller than most commercial greenhouses. It’s totally up to you to determine your wants and needs for your own small greenhouse.
As we get into this list I want you to know that I know some of this is rather obvious but it’s still a talking point for you to possibly generate your own ideas and maybe combine a couple of these things together for your own unique gardening experience.
Growing your own vegetable in a small greenhouse is the perfect way to know exactly where your food is coming from and what chemicals have been used for fertilizing and pest control. This is a great way to give your family better tasting food at the dinner table that hasn’t been trucked hundreds of miles to your grocer or imported from another country. Get all the members of your family involved in the growing process and you’ll all be spending quality time together in a family tradition that is making a comeback and everyone can take pride in the foods you’ve grown.
Knowing how to grow your own flowers in a small greenhouse will keep your home and yard looking beautiful all year round. Planting from seed requires more attention to your plants as they sprout but the savings you receive, instead of buying commercially grown greenhouse plants, is incredible. Not only will you save some money but you will have many more plants and varieties of plants to show for your greenhouse gardening efforts. Your children and grandchildren will love the experience of learning how to grow flowers in a small greenhouse with you as their teacher and mentor.