doesn't dream of having a beautiful greenhouse such as
it's cool outdoors, I love to walk through an old greenhouse
and feel the warmth around me. Slatted wooden benches, a hard-packed
dirt floor, rusty heating pipes and, of course, plants all
add to the pleasure. Throw in an old chair and a cup of tea
and I'm a child again, back in my uncle's greenhouse watching
his tomatoes grow. It's the all-pervading earthiness, combined
with nostalgia-inducing fragrances that evoke these feelings.
To me, a greenhouse is such a comfortable place to be.
Around this time of year I begin to think, boy, it sure would
be nice to have a greenhouse in my backyard. I do have a small
one, but it's just something I knock together in April to
hold seedlings prior to planting, little more than a glorified
cold frame. So, why don't I have a real greenhouse in my back
yard? I'm not sure. Just haven't got around to it, no space
available, not cost effective. These are the usual excuses,
but they aren't very strong ones.
Making the Commitment
I know I'll be looking closely at all the greenhouses on display
at the spring garden shows. I'll also be asking all kinds
of questions and carefully considering the pros and cons.
After returning home, I might even venture into the garden
with a tape measure to size up suitable locations. I do this
every year, but somehow the commitment is lacking. Part of
the problem is that it's a conundrum. If I use space in the
garden for a greenhouse, where would I plant all the extra
stuff that I'd be sure to grow in it? I barely have room now.
so it goes. Maybe you aren't trouble by indecision and are
happily planning for a new greenhouse. If so, here are a few
tips to keep in mind.