A balcony greenhouse is a very easy way to grow your own herbs, fruits and vegetables that are much more suited to be outside than inside a traditional home garden. They can also be used as a wonderful addition to an apartment, condominium or even townhouse. So if you want to start enjoying all the great benefits of apartment gardening but lack the space or desire for all the work involved with it, building your own small greenhouse is a good alternative! The following brief article will take you through a few of the benefits of building your own balcony greenhouse.
With apartment gardening, most space is limited, so balconies present both an advantage and disadvantage. If you live in small apartments, the space you have available for garden use is extremely limited, so a greenhouse is the only way to grow your vegetables. Not only can you grow tasty and nutritious foods in a small space, but you can do so year round regardless of the weather! Also, because balconies are usually free from obstacles like walls, skylights, overhead walls or other structures that would otherwise restrict your garden space, you are able to enjoy all the benefits of having a fully enclosed greenhouse without the restrictive limitations.
Once you have decided on what type of balcony greenhouse you will build, you need to choose what type of pots you will use to support the plants. Although most plants will do well in potting soil, there are some that do better in soil. Some examples include tomato plants, beans and cucumbers, so you should narrow down the types of plants that you want to grow in the greenhouse before you begin. In order to get started, you will need to have at least three different varieties ready to go.
One of the advantages of choosing a balcony greenhouse over a traditional mini greenhouse is that the mini greenhouse takes up much less vertical space. It also tends to be less expensive, especially considering all of the benefits you will enjoy when you begin to grow and harvest your organic vegetables. You can purchase a kit that includes the materials you will need for your balcony greenhouse or you can do more research and cut all of the materials yourself. For example, if you want to build a lattice greenhouse with screen lid, then all you need to do is attach lattice first to the roof using black construction paper, screws and Velcro before putting the green house inside.
Many balcony gardeners will find that their plants will not thrive unless they are given specific light and temperature conditions. For this reason, you may choose to build a raised garden bed or row of plants. For larger plants, a rectangular or square table top will work. For smaller plants, a rectangular planting tray can be used but make sure that there is adequate height for your plants to reach the ground level. If you have tall plants (or plants that grow very tall for their size), you may need to add wooden supports to the table or tray to keep the plants from falling down.
When you are first starting out, it is best to keep your balcony greenhouse simple and inexpensive. After all, one of the main objectives of gardening is to provide fresh, quality produce for your family. This means that you should start small and add more units as your income and reputation grows. Keep in mind that there are a number of different greenhouse structures and materials available, so you should shop around until you find the greenhouse system that works best for your specific needs. These days, it seems that everyone is building small, lightweight, attractive and easy to use greenhouse structures that are being marketed for both professional growing and home gardening.
One popular type of greenhouses these days is called the clear plastic greenhouse. These clear plastic greenhouses can be built easily and are extremely affordable. The most popular style of clear plastic greenhouse is the hexagonal greenhouse. However, many people prefer the basic designs that are built in panels. These basic designs will work well for almost any garden application because they are very versatile.
One of the best features of these small greenhouses is that they can easily house one or two small plants in each square inch. If you have a large balcony, you may want to consider larger sizes of greenhouse that will allow you more plants to be housed. The nice thing about installing a balcony greenhouse is that it can quickly and easily increase the amount of space you have for gardening. You can install the greenhouse on either side of your apartment or house. Most people choose to have the greenhouse attached to their wall, which allows them to easily move the greenhouse from one location to another if necessary.