Would you like to have your seedlings ready to plant as soon as the cold weather passes or be able to strike cuttings and grow them with ease?
All of this and more is possible if you install a greenhouse. While many gardeners dream of having one, they’re often put off by the perceived difficulty, lack of space and the potential expense.
But a greenhouse doesn’t have to be hard, huge or a budget crusher.
We show you how to install one using a kit and look at some of the uses.
Watch DIY guru Adam Woodhams assemble a greenhouse
Handyman DIY guru Adam Woodhams assembles the greenhouse in this how-to video.
Why add a greenhouse?
One of the main uses of a greenhouse is for propagation.
The warm, humid environment they create is ideal for striking plants from cuttings and growing from seed.
This allows you to grow more of your own plants instead of buying them, and when you grow your vegie garden from seed rather than punnets, you will save money.
Across the cooler months, the warm environment is especially useful, as you can grow frost-and-cold sensitive plants, such as tomatoes, to an advanced stage, ready to plant when the last frost has passed in spring.
It is also the ideal place for growing exotic plant varieties, as sub-tropical, and even certain tropical plants, will thrive in the greenhouse environment.
There are a few things to consider when installing a greenhouse.
AVOID putting it where it gets full summer sun, unless you plan to add shadecloth over the top.
POSITION it away from windy spots.
ENSURE the floor has good drainage.
MANAGE the ventilation. You need to find a balance between gentle warmth, humidity and fresh airflow.
CONTROL any pests or diseases promptly, as they can spread rapidly in the closed environment.