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Small Scale Greenhouse Gardening

Feb 28, 2008
One of the things I like best about gardening is that it's seasonal. I love the sense of anticipation I feel when the spring bulb leaves first break the ground. I love the smell of sweet spring flowers, the pride I get from eating food that I grew, and the satisfaction that comes with clearing the beds and putting away the tools until next spring. And then I love taking a break from gardening all winter long.

But not everyone is like me. I realize that a lot of you love gardening so much that you want to do it year-round. Gardening with a greenhouse will extend your growing season and allow you to "winter over" many plants that would otherwise perish during the winter.

If gardening all winter long appeals to you, then greenhouse gardening is for you.

No Room For A Greenhouse?

Would you love to have a greenhouse and do gardening all year long, but you don't have room for a greenhouse? That's not surprising. The average residential home lot size dropped by more than 500 feet between 2001 and 2003, and lots are getting smaller all the time.

Twenty-six percent of new residential home lots are only 4,000 square feet in size. Put a 2,500 square foot home, a deck, a couple trees and some flowerbeds on that lot, and you don't have the kind of room that traditional greenhouse gardening requires.

With a small scale greenhouse, you can have your own greenhouse garden on a small lot or even on a deck or patio.

Lean-To Greenhouse

A lean-to greenhouse makes gardening year-round possible on a small scale. This size of greenhouse is perfect if you just want to grow some winter salad crops in pots, winter over some potted plants, or start seeds early in the year.

A lean-to greenhouse is a three-sided structure made of clear, unbreakable polycarbonate panels set into an aluminum frame. The structure attaches to the exterior wall of a home, a shed, a garage, or a fence.

The structure is 51 inches wide, 26 inches deep, and 77 inches tall which is tall enough for to fit three shelves. If you also put plants on the base of the greenhouse, you get 32 square feet of greenhouse space for gardening.

Juliana Greenhouse offers a lean-to greenhouse for gardening all year long. The price ranges from $308 to $430. A larger model, with the same depth and height, but measuring 75 inches wide for gardeners who can handle a seven-foot wide greenhouse.
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