As an avid gardener, you probably dread the arrival of the colder months.
When it’s snowing outside, you have to stop tending to your beloved garden for months at a time as a blanket of snow covers your entire yard. All you can do is move your smaller tropical plants inside and watch helplessly as those you don’t have space for lose their leaves and go dormant for the winter.
Even if you do have space for all your plants inside, keeping your home at the right level of humidity and temperature can be a challenge.
Perhaps you’ve been thinking about building a Tropical Greenhouse to house your tropical plants year-round, but did you know that building one is not as costly or as difficult as you might imagine? – The benefits outweigh the cost and effort!
Here are a few reasons why you should go ahead and take the plunge.
Reasons to Build a Tropical Greenhouse
1. Save Water
Plants in greenhouses use less water – especially when plants are watered via drip irrigation. The greenhouse protects plants from the wind, regulates the temperature, and increases humidity – which means that less of your plants’ water is lost to the evapotranspiration process.
Install drip tubing and drip irrigation emitters (or “drippers”) by placing one emitter into each potted plant and turning on the water supply.
When the tubes are full, the emitters will release a fine spray directly on the plant’s soil. Drip irrigation is not only more water-efficient, but it’s also a better way to water your plants.
2. Protect Your Plants
A greenhouse will protect your tropical plants from extreme temperatures when it’s frosty or scorching outside. Plants that tolerate lower temperatures can be grown all year round without an additional heating system in the greenhouse.
When the temperature rises in summer, simply adding shade cloth to the greenhouse will protect plants from the heat, too. Or, you can set up additional climate control measures and opt for a fully-automated system that will automatically open the air vents and turn on the fans in the greenhouse when the temperature rises while you’re not around.
A greenhouse doesn’t just protect plants from extreme weather, however. It will also create a physical barrier between your plants and pests – whether it’s critters like gophers or deer that enjoy munching on your plants or snails, slugs, and caterpillars.
3. It’s Good for You, Too
It’s scientifically proven that gardening is good for your health. It can improve concentration and focus and alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety – leaving you feeling more calm and content. The benefits of gardening on your mental health and wellbeing have been well-documented over the years.
If you need to spend time gardening outdoors or suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when you feel winter coming, spending time in your climate-controlled tropical paradise is good for your mental health.
Having a greenhouse to garden in will provide you with a warm, dry spot to spend time in – no matter what the weather conditions are