Cheapest Backyard Greenhouse

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Whats the cheapest way for me to go about getting a backyard greenhouse to start my vegetable plants and flowers in?

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Answer #1 · Chason Arthur's Answer · I have quite a bit of experience with backyard greenhouses as the company I work for sells many backyard greenhouse kits. With the price of lumber and piping so high these days, my first suggestion would be to check out the many kits available on the market.

Since you'll be using this greehouse to start vegetable and flowering plants, here's some questions you need to ask yourself before purchasing and/or buidling a backyard greehouse:
1. How many plants will I be starting in the greenhouse? If you will just be growing starter plants for your own small vegetable garden and flowerbeds in the landscape, you might only need a small greenhouse...maybe 8'x10' or so. Since you'll be using the greenhouse to start seedlings during the winter, you might need a source of heat for cold nights. If you intend to grow a large number of seedlings to supply a local garden center or are growing acres of vegetables on the "back 40" to sell at your local farmers market, you might need a much larger greenhouse. If so, you can find instructions right here on this website for contructing you own backyard greenhouse out of scrap materials you might already have or can find at your local builders supply source.

2. Are there a lot of high winds or snowfall in my area? If so, then you need to consider purchasing a kit or building a greenhouse that can handle high winds and snowload. These might include extra braces and supports as well as tie downs. A heater in the greenhouse can help to melt snow before it has a chance to build up.

3. Will I need to have a source of heat? If you live in a region where temperatures drop below 40 degrees or so, you will want to have a heater on hand. Just keep in mind that night time temperatures inside your greenhouse will drop to outside temperatures without an additional heating source.)

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