greenhouses - Knowledgebase Question

mastic, NY
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Question by t51caddy
January 15, 1998
I live on Long Island, zone7, and I need help in deciding what type of greenhouse I need and plans on how to build it. Any help will be greatly apreciated.

Answer from NGA
January 15, 1998
There are lots of things to take into consideration. Do you want the greenhouse to be attached to your house, or free-standing? If it's attached to your house, do you want it an integral part of a room, or do you want a wall there and just a door into the greenhouse?

Think about how you will use your greenhouse. Do you want to be able to use it year-round? Are you willing to trek out to a free-standing greenhouse in the middle of winter to tend to the plants? (Remember that you will need a reliable heat source.) Or would you like it as an addition to your house, so you can sit out there on a sunny winter morning?

I recommend you get a good reference book--your bookstore or library may have a selection, or be able to order one for you. One good one is "Greenhouse Gardener's Companion", by Shane Smith (Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO 1992, ISBN 1-55591-106-4). It discusses the various greenhouse options, watering and ventilation, planting schedules, and much more.

Once you decide on the type, check out Burpee's greenhouse kits!

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