The different types of greenhouses you can build in your garden

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If you’re planning on building a greenhouse in your garden, you have the opportunity of growing plants from all over the world. However, greenhouses are more than just structures with walls and roof.

Read on to learn about all the types of greenhouses to make your most informed choice.

Details to Consider

Before you even begin planning the design of your greenhouse, think about your needs. This will save you time and money down the road if you find out that the greenhouse you built isn’t optimal.


Before you begin building or purchasing a greenhouse, consider what plants you’ll be filling it with.

Plants have different humidity and temperature requirements, and some greenhouses are able to provide more insulation than others.

For instance, if you want to grow primarily orchids, you’ll need a greenhouse that provides the optimal temperature and humidity year-round.

This is something crop top-style greenhouses can’t provide, while post and rafter greenhouses will provide superior protection.


Overheating is a huge problem for plants in greenhouses. You need proper ventilation in order to avoid this. Make sure the design you choose provides vents near the top and bottom of the structure. Some will even come with exhaust fans for the spring and summer.


Consider the weather where you live and whether more or less insulation will be required. The kind of material your greenhouse is covered with will determine how well it’s able to insulate your plants.

A single layer of polyethylene film provides the least amount of insulation, while 5mm twin-wall polyethylene provides the most.

Effective budget-friendly insulation material is UV-stabilized polyethylene bubble wrap!

Panel Clarity

Clear vs. opaque panels also have an effect on the growth of your plants. Clear panels will provide direct, uninhibited light while opaque panels will diffuse and soften the light.

If you plan on growing seeds and starters, they thrive with direct sunlight.

On the other hand, growing plants thrive with diffused light. This is because diffused light is spread evenly throughout your greenhouse, reaching your plants at all angles.

Photosynthesis becomes more efficient with diffused light. Plants will grow with a more balanced structure because they aren’t dealing with hot sunlight on one side and shade on another.

UV Protection

Ensure that some of your greenhouse coverings are treated with a UV coat or your greenhouse is UV-certified. Plastic is prone to breaking down in sunlight, and this will greatly improve its life expectancy…
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