The Benefits of a Wooden Greenhouse
There are many great reasons why anyone should build a wooden greenhouse for their orchids. If you want to grow your orchids, but don't have the budget for an outdoor garden, a greenhouse is the perfect alternative! A wooden greenhouse will allow you to control the temperature of your orchids, allowing you to control how much they like to grow. You'll also save money by not having to buy expensive supplies for your orchids, such as fertilizers and soil conditioners. These are all things that can cost a lot of money.
Wood burning stoves are a great way to heat your greenhouse. But if you're a beginner or just haven't built a wood stove before, it can be a challenge to figure out all the specifications. One thing to remember is that the higher the BTUs (British Thermal Units) of the stove, the larger the flame and the more expensive the heating unit will be. It's best to start with a lower wattage stove so that you can adjust the difficulty of burning and making the fire as you go along. As a beginner, it's important to note that a BTU rating of less than 1800 is considered extremely difficult to maintain, so you won't really be able to tell just by looking at the fire and the level of difficulty of burning.
The difficulty of building a mini greenhouse depends greatly on what type of wood you choose to build it with. Most orchids require hardwood. The most difficult to build your wooden greenhouse with our cedar and redwood. Other good choices are cypress, oak, maple, and cherry.
The most expensive material to purchase when building wooden greenhouses for gardening are metal sheets. These cost around thirty dollars each. Fortunately, it's well worth the investment. Metal sheets are durable, which means that they will stand up to high heat and they will not rot. They also are fireproof, which is an added bonus.
A good place to start if you are considering building a wooden greenhouse is by finding out which plants you would like to grow and then determining the amount of space you have. If you have an average-sized yard, then you should have no problem getting a decent sized wood frame to fit. You should have plenty of room to grow healthy plants as well as some ornamental plants. Your options are virtually endless. You may want to focus on ornamental versus nutritious plants.
You will also need a strong foundation. Since you are working with wood, you should take special care to make sure it is well built. For example, a ten-foot high wooden greenhouse can easily hold three or four tomato plants if you have a good base and a solid concrete wall. However, if you only have two square feet between your house and the greenhouse, you might want to try a smaller unit. Three or four plants should be easy to manage in a three foot area.
There are two types of wooden greenhouse designs: the lean-to greenhouse and the mini greenhouse. A lean-to greenhouse is a larger structure that sits as its own foundation. It has one side that are open and one side that are closed. Lean-to greenhouses are most popular with perennials and some deciduous plants.
Mini greenhouses are tiny versions of a lean-to greenhouse. They have a small entrance and the same type of framing as a traditional greenhouse with a screen roof. This type of mini-greenhouse allows you to grow small amounts of plants as well as flowers in the same area. However, since it does not have its own foundation, it is more susceptible to damage from rain, excess heat, and wind.