Backyard Greenhouses Extend the Garden Season

Every year my Dad (Ron Simmons) starts lots of annual plants for our family in his backyard greenhouse. I get the majority of my blooming annuals, vegetables, and herbs from father’s greenhouse. His plants are astonishingly healthy and grow much better than other plants in my gardens. Best quality duramax plastic shed can be found here.


I see a growing number of pastime greenhouses and hoop-houses popping up in homeowner’s yards. What’s the distinction? They are both extremely similar. They both extend the growing season in spring and fall, in some cases permitting edibles to grow year round. Both hold in the heat with a covering, generally plastic. Greenhouses typically grow plants on benches or tables, while hoop-houses grow plants in the ground. Greenhouses usually have an additional heat source, while hoop-houses trap the sun’s heat inside to warm plants in the ground.

Due to their relative low cost, hoop-houses are ending up being more popular than greenhouses. Pastime greenhouses costs vary from numerous hundred to several thousand dollars. Operating expenses can be high if year-round heat and air conditioning are required. Greenhouse kits are most likely the easiest method to get begun, or like my father, you can design and build your very own. Fathers greenhouse started with recycle glass windows, but due to hail storm damage he later changed those with greenhouse polycarbonate panels.

2A lot of hobby greenhouses grow plants in soil, but hydroponics and aquaponics are also choices. Hydroponic systems grow plants in nutrient enriched water, rather of in soil.

On a recent trip to Monterey California I visited a small neighborhood garden on the campus of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where my boy Derek is going to grad school. The garden had a little aquaponics system in the back where fish are raised in tanks that supply nutrition abundant water to hydroponically grown plants. When I was there in April they were growing lettuce, Swiss chard, and onions.

Gardening in backyard greenhouses is the subject of an upcoming University of Illinois Extension Four Seasons Garden webinar series. Sign up with Extension Horticulture Educator Kim Ellson as she describes how, despite their shape or size, greenhouses allow us to get a head start on our favorite plants and be outside whilst the weather is bleak. Kim will talk about ways to get the most out of your greenhouse this season.


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