If you have always wanted to have your own greenhouse but didn't know where to start, then you should consider building a wooden greenhouse. A greenhouse saves you a lot of money in the long run because you won't need to buy pesticides and fertilizers to feed your plants. This way you can also save a lot of organic matter in your soil and be environmentally friendly. Basically, greenhouses for plants provide an environment wherein plants can grow and produce healthy fruits and vegetables without having to experience heat, sun, dirt or insects.
Generally, a wooden greenhouse is made up of a sturdy framework and clear plastic material which allow the sunlight to penetrate easily and heat up the interior. The frame can either be wood, metal, aluminum, or PVC. Wood greenhouses tend to look more natural and weather better than the other types. Also, when choosing a wooden greenhouse you want something that has a strong frame so that it will not warp and break down over time. Also, when choosing a wood frame you want something that doesn't have any sharp edges on the frame so that the structure does not become hazardous for children or pets.
Another factor to consider when choosing a wooden greenhouse is longevity, which refers to how long the structure remains stable in various climates. If you live in a very hot and humid climate then you should purchase a wooden structure which is more suited for this type of climate. But if you live in a temperate climate then you will want to purchase a wood frame that offers you some sort of climate control so that your plants do not become stressed out or die.
Some people prefer a wood greenhouse because it is easy to clean and maintain. You simply have to wipe down the exterior of the structure every few months with a mild detergent solution and use a mild disinfectant spray to clean out the inside of the structure. High quality wood stain will keep your plants looking great year after year. This is a great option if you have a tendency for having plant diseases such as white spot.
A stain is also a great option if you are looking for a maintenance-free option. A stain will not scratch or damage your wooden greenhouse so you will not have to worry about costly repairs down the road. However, the best option is a wood preserver. This product will prevent warping and cracking from being a problem. It will also give you some much-needed protection against termites. The best preservers are made of resin and can withstand a pounding from the elements and still maintain the look of the wood.
Ventilation is another big factor when choosing a wooden greenhouse. If you live in a dry climate then this may be the only option you have. If you have a higher humidity environment then you may have to purchase a humidity meter in order to figure out what the humidity level in your area is. This will help you make the decision on the best choice of vent for your needs.
One of the biggest difficulties with this type of greenhouse is choosing the right size. There are a couple of different sizes of greenhouse available. These are called window and polyethylene square. If you are a beginner and you want to grow a small collection then the window greenhouse will be the easiest to deal with since it only requires four to five square feet to build.
However, if you are looking to grow a larger selection then you are going to need a bit more space. This is where the semi-rigid type comes in. If you are going with this type you will need a bit more square footage but it is easier to construct and install because it uses already constructed polyethylene insulation. In order to save money check with local manufacturers and see what they recommend as far as cost. The cheapest may not always be the best depending upon your individual needs.