Big Plans for a Big Greenhouse
Thursday, 26 December 2019 | Admin
Greenhouses come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular range of sizes run from 4, 5, 6 or 8 feet wide by 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 feet long. Shapes can vary too, there are three main shapes, traditional (rectangular), obelisk and lean to with a selection of different roof shapes like those on an A Frame or a span roof or even a gothic arch. These days you can also get bespoke sizes and shapes or build your own, so really, there's absolutely no limit to what size and shape of greenhouse you can have - from small to big greenhouse and everything in between. What you decide upon is determined by where it's going to be sited, what's going in it and of course the aesthetics of what you like to look at!
If you're opting for a big greenhouse, anything from 10 x 10 upwards could fit into that category. The two main questions you need to ask yourself are, how much will it cost and what's going in it? The ideal solution is to find a size that will contain everything you need, but that won't break the budget. That said, go for as big as you can, to allow some room for expansion, don't forget seedlings need to be potted on, which takes up double the amount of space! And once you fuel your fancy for all things cultivation, there's no doubt you'll want to do and grow, more and more.
But a big greenhouse is more than just a frame and glass. You'll need to budget for things like, staging, benches, shelving, seed tray frames, foundations, heating, lighting, auto vents and water collection. You also need to think about ongoing maintenance, depending on whether you go for timber, aluminium or steel and running costs for things like electricity if it's wired up to the mains. And the bigger the greenhouse, the more plants you have, the more time you'll need to devote to your hobby or passion. Saying that, the rewards are potentially huge too; big greenhouse - big rewards!