Is a greenhouse on your list of dream backyard ideas? Blogger Pamela Reed of Brooklyn Farm Girl shows us just how simple it can be to build your own backyard greenhouse.
With our garden in Upstate New York all set up to grow vegetables in the warmer months, we were excited to get our hands dirty (and snowy) in the winter, too. Previously, we had a greenhouse on our rooftop in New York City where we grew greens throughout the winter, so we knew we wanted to keep the winter growing going. What’s better than fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and kale when it’s snowing out?
We chose the 12 ft. L x 8 ft. W Palram HG56 Glory Greenhouse and within a day it was assembled and ready for seeds to be planted inside. Even though gardening is more about functionality, I still really wanted a modern, clean-looking greenhouse to pair well with our purple garden fence and shipping container home.
The Palram greenhouse looks great when set up and fits in perfectly with the land. Due to the strong winds on our property, we installed the anchor kit to ensure the greenhouse wasn’t going anywhere. Inside the greenhouse we put down a ground cover and a few bags of drainage rocks on top.
Inside, I incorporated greenhouse supplies like heavy duty shelves that could hold pots and a wide selection of garden supplies. I really love the modern tables with two shelves that hold supplies on the lower tier, but more importantly hold our growing seeds on top. The fun part is you can add the accessories that you need to see your perfect backyard greenhouse ideas come to life.
As we transition into spring, we’ll soon be starting all of our spring seeds in the greenhouse to eventually transplant and plant outside once the weather warms up. We have two Snap & Grow Nature Auto Vents installed on the top of the greenhouse that automatically open up and vent when it gets too hot or too cold, which is great for us as weekend visitors. This helps us grow strong seeds that will lead to big vegetables!
The greenhouse was a great addition to the land and we can’t wait to experiment with more growing inside of it. No matter if you are an experienced or beginner gardener, it’s a great way to start growing year round!
-Pamela Reed, Brooklyn Farm Girl