Greenhouses are wonderful. When it’s cold and rainy outside, or snowy even, you can be warmly ensconced inside, raising your plants and growing your vegetables all year round. There are some serious savings to be found by growing your own vegetables in the winter over paying for them when they are out of season! You could just about grow everything you’d need for a salad…..
Combining the best of both worlds with the need to plant year round and storage is the solar shed. Solar sheds provide the light and shelter needed to grow your plants, and provides an additional storage or work area. It truly is a multi-functional building, taking the best of a greenhouse and adding to it.
As with any addition to your house or yard, there are just a FEW things to think about before you jump in:
- Selecting the right spot for it. All you need to do is ensure it gets lots of light during all the seasons. If this isn’t possible, make the most of the shade-you can still grow plants like fushias and lilies. Also, it’s best if you can provide electricity to the greenhouse so keep this in mind as well, bringing in a heater can be a lifesaver.
- What type of greenhouse would you like? Wood, metal, big, or small? Would you be using it for other things, such as storing items?
- Figure out your options. Literally…decide which options you would like. Working bench? Shelves? Windows? Vents? Check out the picture below, from Heartland’s Specialty Building called “The Horizon, showing the space available to move, yet you still have a workbench, plenty of light, and windows as well as place to hang plants from above.
Very simple really! A little research, some planning, and you’re all set to enjoy your building no matter what the weather throws at you…