If you’ve got a green thumb but not a greenhouse with glass then you are most certainly missing out, the opportunities that a greenhouse presents far out weigh the ones you have when it comes to growing outside.
How Does a Glass Greenhouse Work?
The purpose of a greenhouse is to provide an environment for plants that will allow them to grow and thrive. The most common type of greenhouse used today are glass greenhouses, which have been around since the early 1900s. They were originally designed as a way to protect crops from extreme weather conditions such as heat or cold. Today they can be found in many different shapes and sizes depending on what you want your garden to look like.
Greenhouses allow the natural light in while keeping out rain and wind. This allows us to keep our gardens warm during winter months but still get enough sunlight so we don’t need artificial lighting. A greenhouse also provides protection against pests and diseases by providing a barrier between the outside world and the inside of the house. It’s important to remember though that not all types of greenhouses work well with every plant species. Some require more light than others, some prefer warmer temperatures, and some even need humidity.
What Can I Use Instead of Glass in My Greenhouse?
There are several other materials besides glass that could be used, if you’re looking for something else. For example, plastic sheeting can be used instead of glass because it doesn’t break down over time. Plastic does however tend to fade when exposed to UV rays from the sun, so make sure you choose one that has high levels of UVA resistance. Another option would be a polycarbonate greenhouse constructed with polycarbonate panels which are very durable and resistant to damage. These options are much better for you if your looking to build/buy one on a budget although overall glass is best, read on to learn about both the advantages and disadvantages of a green house with glass.
What Are the Advantages of a Glass Greenhouse?
A greenhouse with glass has several advantages over other types of greenhouses including plastic ones. First it keeps the temperature much cooler because there isn’t any insulation. Plastic greenhouses tend to stay hot due to their lack of ventilation. Also, if you live somewhere where snow falls regularly then a glass greenhouse would be better suited for you because it won’t melt when exposed to freezing temperatures. Another advantage of having a glass greenhouse is that it doesn’t take up too much space.
What Are the Disadvantages of a Glass Greenhouse?
Glass greenhouses do come with disadvantages though. One disadvantage is that they aren’t always easy to clean. You’ll also find that cleaning a glass greenhouse takes longer than cleaning a plastic one. Also glass greenhouses are expensive compared to other options available and are a lot more breakable than alternative options and therefore trickier to build.
What Can You Grow in a Glass Greenhouse?
You can grow almost anything in a glass greenhouse. There are plenty of vegetables that love being grown indoors, especially those that enjoy cool climates. Other things include flowers, herbs, fruits, trees, shrubs, vines, succulents, cacti, ferns, mosses, grasses, mushrooms, algae, lichens, bonsai, and carnivorous plants. If you’d rather just stick to growing food then you should definitely consider building a glass greenhouse.
There are also a few plants that wont grow in a greenhouse at all such as orchids, palms, and tropical fruit trees like mangoes and this is because these plants have specific requirements that cannot be met indoors.
Can You Grow Tomatoes Year Round in a Greenhouse?
Yes! In fact tomatoes will actually thrive year round in a greenhouse. So if you want to harvest fresh tomato crops throughout the entire year then you might want to think about building a glass greenhouse. If you were to keep your tomatoes outside during the cold months of the year then the cold weather will cause the leaves to drop off, die and you will have no tomatoes unfortunately. When the leaves fall off the plant’s energy reserves run out and it starts to wilt. Once its wilted it dies. By keeping the plants indoors through the winter months you ensure that they don’t suffer from this problem.
What Is the Best Glass For a Greenhouse?
The type of glass you use depends entirely upon what kind of environment you plan to create inside your greenhouse. The most common material used for making greenhouses is tempered glass but some people prefer using clear glass. Tempered glass comes in two different varieties; double glazed and triple glazed. Double glazing means that each pane of glass is separated by an air gap whereas triple glazing means that the panes are separated by three layers of glass.
Does Greenhouse Glass Become Brittle?
Yes, a Green house with glass will become brittle after around 10 years of continuous exposure to sunlight. This happens because the heat causes the glass to expand which makes it crack. To prevent this happening you need to cover the windows with something else before putting them back into place.
For example many people choose to install a secondary layer of polycarbonate sheeting on top of the glass panels. Polycarbonates are very strong and durable materials which help protect the glass against damage. They’re also cheaper than replacing the whole thing.
Is It Worth Buying a Greenhouse?
It totally depends on how much money you’ve got to spend. A good quality greenhouse with glass kit could cost anywhere between $500 – $2000 depending on where you buy them from. Some kits even contain everything needed to get started including soil, seeds, pots, lights, tools etc. Others may only provide enough supplies to start up a small garden. Whichever option you go for there are lots of great benefits associated with having a greenhouse with glass.
How to Build Your Own Greenhouse With Glass?
If you’re on a budget and want to build your very own greenhouse then click here. On the contrary, if you’re not on a budget for both time and money then here is a link to a extra special Victorian greenhouse with glass project with double doors.