Shading Techniques For Your Greenhouse

greenhouse shading

greenhouse shading

Depending on your location and the type of plants you grow, you may need to shade your greenhouse in the hottest part of the year.  If you find the greenhouse reaching unhealthy temperatures for your plants, and the ventilation isn’t keeping temperatures cool enough, providing shade is a must.

But it’s also important not to over-shade.  You don’t want your plants in the dark, of course; nor do you want them to get too cold.  Some environments, and certain plants, require permanent shading, so non-temporary solutions are needed.

The most common method of shading a greenhouse is simply draping a special sheet over the top of the structure.  Depending on your plants and local climate, you will need to select different material to block different amounts of light from entering the greenhouse.  In temperate climates, forty to sixty percent is usually just right, but in hotter areas you may need 70 or more.  In some cases you made need to fully block direct sunlight, or use even reflective material for shade.

Liquid shade:

If a tidy appearance is not one of your primary needs or desires, then liquid shade material may be the most convenient for your greenhouse.  These are paint-like compounds which are mixed with water and then painted or sprayed onto the desired panels of the greenhouse.  These can be washed or scrubbed off when no longer needed, or there are permanent compounds available if it’s needed year-round.


Many, many varieties of greenhouse shade cloth materials are available, ranging in colors, durability, light transmittance and even texture.  Shade cloths can block as little as 22 percent, or as much as  100 percent.  Reflective materials are available as well, and they also can block a varying amount of sunlight, while increasing temperature reduction over non-reflective shade materials.  The reflective shade curtains also help to retain heat in winter under certain circumstances.  The color of the sheeting will also affect the greenhouse environment to some small extent, white or black is probably the best choice, as other colors can possibly affect the plants negatively.

Blinds or curtains:

Another popular way of shading a greenhouse is with blinds.  Typically, outdoor patio blinds would be attached to the outside of the greenhouse.  Then can be raised or lowered as needed.  Depending on the angle of your greenhouse’s roof, these may or may not work for shading the roof.

You can also even use some types of indoor blinds on the inside of your greenhouse, functioning just like the inside of your home.  Just be sure they are not made of materials that are susceptible to the harsher environment of a greenhouse.

Rigid shade:

In some situations, it may be easiest to use rigid materials for shade.  There are polycarbonate panels of varying light blocking ability available which can be temporarily or permanently attached to the outside or inside of your existing windows.

Alternatively, if 100% blocking is needed on a portion of the greenhouse for part of the year, even ordinary materials like plywood can be used.  Just affix a large enough board over the sun-side windows for the summer.

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Greenhouse kits from the bottom up

greenhouse kit construction

greenhouse kit construction

A lot of greenhouses look rather boring, especially to people who can’t name all the plants by sight.  Utilitarian benches and shelves, a straight concrete or gravel path down the middle.  You know, just like yours.

The greenhouse itself doesn’t have to be so unsightly and uninteresting though.  Just like a nice outdoor garden, there are many things we can do to make our greenhouses stylish and appealing to even the most horticulturally-unenlightened individuals.

Start at the bottom.

Let’s look down for a moment.  What’s on the floor of our greenhouses?  Mostly gravel or concrete.  Maybe you put a few walking stones down, and that’s a good start.  Just like we might do in an outdoor garden, we can make the floor more exciting.  Using interlocking patio stones, or even real  slate rocks will make the floor into a unique and interesting path.

If your greenhouse has a bit of room, you could even break away from ninety degree angles, and create a winding walkway through your elevated garden.  Use round tables instead of rectangular benches, or perhaps custom built tables to match the walkway’s curves.

Working surfaces.

Instead of boring benches, build planters up from the ground.  Then give them a finished look, as we would do with an outdoor garden.  Bricks, stucco, or even redwood.  Alternatively, the benches could be modified to merely look like planters.

Shelving can be likewise improved.  Replace the boring plywood with something fancier, perhaps with a nice molding around the edge.  You could even use some Ikea style single shelves.

Pots and Kettles.

Your pots can also be lightened up.  There are many ways to spruce this up.  Replace the pots with color and size coordinated ones, or with other objects altogether, like antique cookware.  A modern look might include all square pots in alternating or uniform colors.


Again, looking to stylish outdoor gardens for inspiration, lighting can enhance the greenhouse in the evening hours.  There are nearly as many lighting varieties as there are types of plants.  LED rope lights, hanging lanterns, anything you like.

Living Space.

A greenhouse is a potentially great place to have an additional semi-outdoor living space.  If you make into a stylish and attractive garden, why not enjoy it?  A few pieces of comfy outdoor furniture can turn the greenhouse into a peaceful refuge.  Relax with a good book, surrounded by beautiful plant life.

The sky is the limit.

Almost anything we can do with an outdoor garden, we can do with our greenhouses, when it comes to stylizing.  The only limit is your imagination, and for most of us, our bank accounts.  The idea is even more appealing if you live in a colder climate.  Instead of being cooped up all winter, a greenhouse can become a place to escape to the outdoors, even when the actual outdoors might not be so inviting.

Next time you’re in a nice outdoor garden, think about how you can integrate what you see into the greenhouse space.

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Growing popularity of hobby greenhouses

The hobby greenhouse, is slowly catching the fancy of people and an increasing number of enthusiasts are willingly engaging in this activity. Earlier, the gardening in one’s own backyard wasn’t that popular or renowned, but nowadays more and more people are indulging in this local gardening owing to various reasons. The crops or vegetables grown in one’s own backyard means that you get an ultra fresh yield unlike the vegetables that are bought from the market. In addition to that there is a great saving of money on vegetables due to green house activity.


lean-to greenhouse kits

sunroom leanto greenhouse

Great method for producing crops

Hobby greenhouses are a great method of producing a wide range of crops in favorable conditions with proper exposure to sunlight and perfect irrigation facilities as well as climate control. This is just about perfect for those who want to grow the crops in their backyard and have great enthusiasm for gardening. The main motto of the greenhouses is to enable the gardeners to have more yield or output, grow a wide range of crops, and also increase the growing duration. Irrespective of the dimensions, size or shape of the greenhouse, a constant warm temperature is maintained inside the house even if it is cold outside. The primary reason for this is the fact that the greenhouse windows as well as walls retain heat faster comparatively and the heat generated can’t escape easily.

Factors needed for consideration

However before the task of deciding on a greenhouse there are two vital factors that should be given due consideration i.e. location as well as the size of the greenhouse. This is because, these two factors have a vital bearing on the quality as well as the quantity of the vegetables or crops produced. Greenhouses can be of various sizes as well as shapes that depend on your requirements. For example if you have limited space, then it is a logical thing to opt for an attached version of the greenhouse or even lean to greenhouse.

Usually such greenhouses are attached directly to other buildings, houses or even probably shed. However the lean-to or attached greenhouses get comparatively less sunlight, due to the very fact that these are attached or joined with another structure. Thus if you are opting for these kind of greenhouses due to space constraint, then you must ensure that these are attached at a place where there is maximum exposure to sunlight

The attached or lean-to hobby greenhouses are perfect for those gardeners who want to grow the vegetables just occasionally. However if you are amongst those gardeners who want to grow a wide range of crops on a large scale, then it is recommended that you should opt for larger hobby greenhouses. However one thing that you must keep in mind is the fact that upgrading or enhancing to a larger greenhouse later will cost you more so it is recommended that you should begin with the larger version only, if it’s convenient.

The hobby greenhouses, is without a doubt a great activity for those gardeners who want to grow good quality vegetables in their own backyard.

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Starting Seeds in the Greenhouse


greenhouse seed starting

greenhouse seed starting

Have you been putting off growing plants of your own because you don’t know how to really care for your seeds, start seeds or you don’t know how to start seeds? Well, late winter and early spring are the seasons for starting seeds in the greenhouse. You should also know that you can start seeds in the greenhouse anytime of the year. Because you control the greenhouse environment you can start tomatoes in the fall and fresh tomatoes will sit on your table in the winter months when you keep on working with them!

If it is really early say December or January, you can start some seeds that take the longest to grow and be ready for transplanting such as the: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and similar long growing plants. These plants take at least six weeks before you can transplant them into a larger container for continued growing in the greenhouse.

The mix that you use to plant your seeds should be a mixture of sand, loam, peat moss, or other materials that are well draining but supporting for the roots to make a ‘stable’ appears on each seed. You can add perlite, or vermiculite to any type of soil to loosen it up as needed. You can add shell to the bottom of containers that don’t seem to be draining well as your transplants grow larger.

Plants that will require about eight weeks before you can plant them in another container, otherwise known as transplanting; include the tomato, pepper and the eggplant. Get started on your tomato or pepper seeds as early as February and by May you can plant them outdoors for a good growing season.

How are you going to plant the seeds in your greenhouse? Starting with small seed containers or small peat pots, fill them about ¾ of the way full with your soil mixture. Put the seed into the soil and cover lightly with another small, very small amount of soil. Misting your soil and seeds will bring germination about. It is equally as important to keep the soil mixture warm to promote germination for many seed types as well, although some seeds to need the cool temperatures to promote germination.

Covering your soil with a clear plastic will keep the moisture in the soil until germination occurs. Even if the seed take ten days to germinate the soil will be moist and preparing the seed for growth.

What is really amazing is that tomatoes can start germination in as little as six days, and peppers will start germination in just ten days. If you have a long growing season, in the summer outdoors or winter in the greenhouse, you can grow any type of plant you want watching the germination and then transplanting, as they get larger.

As your seeds start to grow into seedlings and then to mature plants, you don’t want to transplant your plants outdoors until they are at least six inches tall or taller. Plants that are a good dark green are healthy and ready to be planted outdoors. If your plants are a little yellow looking you might want to give then a few more days or weeks in the greenhouse with extra sunlight and care before moving these plants outdoors.

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Are you considering a hobby greenhouse

Hobby greenhouses are the small greenhouses that are mostly constructed by homes to beautify the home and add a natural feeling to it. Building a hobby greenhouse can be very stressful and take so much time and planning which is why most people new to gardening do not like to consider hobby greenhouses but going through with the process and setting everything in place leaves you with so much smiles and fulfillment. Depending on the size of your home, hobby housed can be big, medium or small which does not affect its functionality but only means reduction in the pl

hobby greenhouse kit

hobby greenhouse kit

ants that are cultivated.

So many people though find it very difficult to understand or to believe if hobby greenhouses have any benefits to offer them. Well, hobby greenhouses provides you with a beautiful greenhouse, serene atmosphere, the feel of nature at its best, helps to protect your plants from harsh weather conditions and also keeps them away from pets, due to the fact that it is able to protect your plants from all seasons you are able to get the best from your plants every time of the season, helps you to save money because you plant most fruits or vegetables and even herbs in your home so no grocery shopping for them, time and energy is saved since you spend much time on other important things in your home than going to the market, you are assured of healthy foods for you and your family at all times, and so many other benefits.

If you have read all these benefits and are convinced it won’t hurt to have a hobby greenhouse, it is very important you seek the services of a greenhouse contractor to help you with building your hobby greenhouse. if you are worried about how to get hobby greenhouse plans then worry no more because there are so many greenhouse plans available on the internet and make sure you only consider plans that are easy to understand and do not require so many processes. On the internet, you will be amazed at the number of greenhouse plans you will find but make sure you look at the sizes and also ensure that they fit into your budget.

If you look at a greenhouse plan and you realize you can build it yourself do not hesitate in printing them out because such plans mostly will have guidelines and also lists of requirements needed to ensure your greenhouse is a success. Where hobby greenhouses are concerned, you can make things happen with even little experience. Do not agree to pay online websites for greenhouse plans because there are many websites that offer greenhouse plans for free without charging anything.

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