If you’re seriously planning on building your first greenhouse – albeit a fairly simple and easy one, here is a basic greenhouse building supplies checklist for an everyday backyard horticulturist.
BENCHES provide not only the extra spacing you need to work in, but they can prevent you from bending over too much. It’s a good idea to look for a ventilated shelving system that provides good water draining and air circulation.
LIGHTS, more specifically, grow lights, are needed to provide your plants up to 24 hours a day of photosynthesis. Now what’s the point of a greenhouse if you don’t have the option of growing seasonal veggies in the winter? Look into the newest designs of fluorescent lights, which have been recently catching up to the popular HID lights.
SHADE CLOTH is usually made from a UV protected polyethylene and helps with heating and condensation. They all could be cut to custom fit your greenhouse.
MIN/MAX THERMOMETERS records the highs and lows for both inside and outside temps. But what’s important about these thermometers is it will provide you with valuable information on how temperature fluctuates in a given day. This alone will tell you if you need additional cooling or heating elements in your greenhouse, which can help you with your budget.
VENTILATION can be both simple or complicated depending on your situation. But nonetheless, it’s one of the most important factors of a greenhouse. Proper ventilation brings in fresh carbon dioxide and helps with cooling a greenhouse. Now if you’re greenhouse is located where there is good airflow, a couple of strategically cut holes is all you might need. If not, you might need an exhaust fan with some intake shutters.
WATERING SYSTEMS have a few different services, mainly to help with plant growth, cooling and humidity. Depending on what kind of greenhouse you want, you usually want to keep the humidity hovering around 60%.
For a little more complicated greenhouses, you might want to invest in these:
THERMOSTATS will help your greenhouse when you’re gone. If you want to maintain a worry free temperature in your greenhouse, place a thermostat right in the middle of your greenhouse. You would want to have both a heating and cooling thermostat close together and if possible, away from the sunlight.
HEATERS are important if you’re located in cold climates. Even though heat comes from sunlight and trapped in a greenhouse during the day, it might not be enough. From electric heaters to gas heaters, your choices are plenty.
EVAPORATIVE AIR COOLERS are the best cooling systems out there for a greenhouse and usually come with a built in thermostat. Water flows over cooling pads, which lowers the temperature of flowing air. Another helpful feature is that these coolers help filter bugs and dirt.