A greenhouse in your yard can mean fresh vegetables for many months and an early spring for your perennials and annuals.
The ideal greenhouse will offer maximum sun exposure with a high degree of light diffusion, heat insulation and air circulation, as well as being sturdy and durable. Greenhouses are available in A-frame and barn shapes in a variety of styles, material and sizes.
For the serious gardener with a lot of space and a desire to add an attractive and functional feature to the garden or yard, there are some very stylish, high quality greenhouses on the market. There are even smaller hexagonal gazebo-style greenhouses that will serve double duty as a comfortable and attractive garden solarium, available for $2000 to $3000 in polycarbonate, or about $5000 in glass. Again, prices vary considerably for the same product, so shop around!
When choosing the location for your greenhouse, your top priorities should be a clear area that will provide maximum exposure to sunlight. This is especially important for fall and winter gardening, as is a level, well-draining ground surface.
Other considerations might be proximity to water and electricity sources, especially if you will be using greenhouse heaters, lights and fans. However, there are gas-burning heaters and lighting available, and filling a large barrel with water every so often, while a little inconvenient, will meet your water requirements.
To learn more about the variety of greenhouse styles on the market today, check out the shopping links at the top of this page.