Looking to set up your Backyard Greenhouse in the optimal greenhouse location with great sun coverage and weather considerations? Keep the greenhouse in your comfort zone with this guide.
Guide To Siting Your Greenhouse
At Greenhouse Fanatics, we focus on Backyard Greenhouses and backyard gardeners. We will not cover commercial operations as they are as a business model design with all these considerations covered. Commercial methods just don’t stand up well against home gardener requirements such as comfort considerations.
First and foremost, it would be advisable to have your greenhouse conveniently located by your home. It won’t be any fun or practical if you have to walk 100 yards to get to your greenhouse, so having your garden a good distance from the house could stifle our best greenhouse ambitions and potentially turn or gardening hobby into more of a chord. To minimize this effect, keep the distance between your home and your backyard greenhouse as short as reasonably possible.
Consider weather conditions in your plans, and the influence they might have on your greenhouse gardening activities (“Think of the children”). Whether you are cultivating a love of this beautiful outdoor activity with children, starting seedlings in the spring, harvest during summer and fall, or smashing out harvesting activities deep into the winter months, foul weather won’t be pleasant if you have to climb over a snowbank to get there.
If you’re like me and the idea of hiking out to your greenhouse in winter is unacceptable, I have dropped mine right in the middle of the growing action. Moving through four-foot snow drifts is really now issues for 10 to 15 feet, but more the 20 to 50 feet just won’t do. This is why we have our “kitchen greenhouse” within 10 feet of the house.
Providing optimal water and electricity to support a new backyard greenhouse project is something you will want to do. Trenching great distances will be more difficult, the further away you place your greenhouse from your primary structure. Ensure you consider the distance from your utility water and electricity services when planning your indoor gardening space.
There are basically three schools of thought with respect to greenhouse orientation.
Get Some (Sun)
- Capture the morning sun
- Capture the winter sun, and,
- Orient plant growth instead of the building.
Do You Have A Good Amount Of Light?
Where Am I On The Globe?
The farther north your location, the less sunlight your greenhouse will receive in the winter.
Days in June, July and August have more daylight than days in November and December.
Ultimately, the right greenhouse for you is one which you will use for a long period of time – one which meets your demands and fits in with your lifestyle. Once you’re happy with your choice, read our guide on getting the most out of your new greenhouse. What works for some growers may not meet your requirements. More complex plans may be just up your alley, sometimes those plans can stifle success. Grow smart, not hard! Gardening advocates advise that you start with a basic, structure like a pop-up greenhouse so you can get the hang of your new plant responsibilities. The full-size challenges of Backyard Greenhouse gardening await! If you’re looking for more in-depth greenhouse reviews or comparisons, click here to check out the top reviews.