Ideas & Inspiration
Take the joy of gardening to a new level with a greenhouse. DIY greenhouses can be built from scratch or ordered as a kit. Greenhouses come in all sizes and materials to stream in the sunshine and protect your prized plants from outside elements. Greenhouses also come in a wide price range and can serve as outdoor living space. This guide offers ideas for greenhouse styles and greenhouse supplies to inspire your green thumb and outdoor living.
This style of greenhouse provides germinating, incubating and growing space for plants. It can be constructed with transluscent plastic sheeting and connecting rods or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes to raise the greenhouse's interior temperatures. It also provides light and protective covering from outside elements.
This is an example of a detached, standalone greenhouse with polycarbonate panels assembled from a kit.
The Home Depot has a wide variety of greenhouse kits to browse and select from.
Basically a box with a hinged lid, a cold frame uses solar power and insulation to create a microclimate suitable for tender vegetation. It is "framed" from cold weather by a protective cover or lid of glass or plastic. The transluscent or clear lid lets light in for the growing plants inside the box.
A covered raised garden bed can also be used as a cold frame greenhouse.
Use a cold frame to overwinter plants, start seeds, harden off seedlings and extend the growing season.
You can direct sow seeds into a portable cold frame, just be sure to put it in place about two weeks early so the earth can warm up enough for seeds to germinate.
Plants suitable for growing in a greenhouse depend on your region and climate. These include succulents, exotic flowers, fruit trees, shrubbery, grasses, seedlings, herbs, vegetables and beyond.
Keep a consistent source of light on your plants with overhead grow lights. Any size greenhouse will need electricity to power the grow lights.
Before choosing and purchasing a greenhouse, check the manufacturer's specifications for electical capacity, especially if you plan to add grow lights to a greenhouse's interior.
Greenhouses help gardeners get a start on the next season and also protect plants as they grow. Once you decide on a greenhouse, The Home Depot delivers.