Building an Efficient Mini Greenhouse

Finding out how to build your own greenhouse is not difficult. With a variety of different plans available on online and through your local garden center, you can arm yourself with a simple and effective solution for providing your plants with an optimal environment. With that said, these plans don’t always tell you how to maximize your efficiency through material selection and design. While it’s true that any greenhouse will provide some benefit to your plants, you want to choose a greenhouse that will provide the maximum stability. Wild swings in temperature and humidity can be disastrous for plant growth and can help to encourage disease. Designing your mini greenhouse with efficiency in mind will also save you money in the long term, as you won’t need to heat as much to maintain your desired temperature.
greenhouseThe following tips will help to boost the efficiency of your greenhouse:

1.    Mini greenhouses are great at retaining heat during the daytime, but will quickly lose heat during the night, regardless of the type of covering you use. To minimize heat loss during the night or during inclement weather you should look into installing a heater coupled with the installation of a thermal curtain. The thermal curtain will help to retain the heat inside the greenhouse and will also prevent light pollution should you decide to run lights at night. Of course, it’s important to seek the advice of an electrician before adding heat or lighting to your greenhouse.

2.    Choose wood over metal to construct your greenhouse, since wood will tend to lose heat slower than metal. Wood also doesn’t expand and contract as much as metal does, which means that the covering you use will remain tight against the framework of your greenhouse.

Building your mini greenhouse can be a rewarding process, though it’s important to keep efficiency in mind during the construction process. Running an efficient greenhouse will keep you and your plants happier of the long term, which is really what gardening is all about.

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