Establishing and using a greenhouse for the home is an excellent way to save money on groceries, follow a healthier diet, conserve on energy, and benefit the environment as well. But greenhouses don’t grow on trees – they have to be put together. Not all of us have a trained builder in the family, or the budget to hire a specialist.
This is where greenhouse kits can be useful. If you aren’t looking for a fancy design but you need a basic and simple greenhouse for your home, this is a great way to get one set up without a large investment of money or time.
Greenhouse kits vary widely in their cost and their design. A very simple and economical variety can be found for under $40.00 or $50.00. This small structure might consist of nothing more than a two-foot square fabric tent where you can house a few plants and give them a longer growing season.
In a similar price range, you might also find a basic enclosure for a greenhouse, which will provide a framework and support that can then be covered in the material of your choice.
Moving up the line, you can find a larger set-up for anywhere between $400 and $900, which would include either fabric or glass walls, and provide sufficient space to grow a full set of vegetables or other plants. Larger greenhouses, from 10 to 20 square feet in size, may cost a few thousand dollars. But this may still be simpler than building the entire structure from the groud up.
Once you’ve found and purchased your greenhouse kit, you will need to assemble it yourself, just as you would with any other kit. But you will have step-by-step instructions, and all the parts you need, sized to fit, and previously tested by the manufacturers.
While setting up any greenhouse does require an investment of money and time, you should be able to recoup your investment over time, providing that you actually use your greenhouse. The amount of money that can be saved by growing one’s own food can be easily underestimated – particularly where large families are concerned.
Growing food inside a greenhouse is extroverting, fun, and educational. It can make it possible for you to grow your garden at all times of the year, instead of being limited to certain seasons. Going out and buying gardening equipment and seeds can be frustrating when you get so busy with work that by the time you are ready to work on your garden, it’s too late.
A greenhouse can give you the extra leeway you need, and make it possible to have fresh home-grown vegetables year-round. It might also make it possible for you to grow the plants which normally wouldn’t grow in your region at all. Such as – who knows, jalapenos in Vermont?