Maryland has abundant and healthy plant life since it has a climate that helps support various types of plants. The state has substantial fertile agricultural land, which has led its residents to take a serious interest in farming and gardening. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Maryland’s nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod industry was ranked as the state’s third-largest agricultural commodity. If you enjoy gardening, you may be thinking about having your own greenhouse to protect your plants and help them grow optimally. Let’s look at four things to consider when building a greenhouse.
1) Why do you want to build a greenhouse?
Whether you grow your plants commercially or just happen to love spending time in the garden, the main reasons to build a greenhouse in Maryland are:
2) What style of a greenhouse are you looking to build?
When it comes to greenhouse structures, according to the Oklahoma Extension, there are broadly two types two consider:
3) Ensure proper lighting
Proper lighting is vital for plants to carry out photosynthesis, a process in which water and carbon dioxide is converted into carbohydrates using light. In a greenhouse, either sufficient sunlight or proper light from other sources is vital to ensure photosynthesis. Being in the North-Eastern US, Maryland does not get optimal light for plant growth during winter due to cloud cover. In such a scenario, supplemental lighting in a greenhouse helps the process of photosynthesis. If you carry out commercial production of crops, consider installing a refurbished grow light at a competitive cost that allows your plants to undergo maximal levels of photosynthesis, ensuring proper plant growth.
4) Insulating your greenhouse
Winters in Maryland usually mean low temperatures, snow, along with slippery roads and sidewalks. If you live in this state, follow these tips to ensure that you get enough preparation for the winter months. If you are planning to build your own greenhouse, you should insulate your greenhouse correctly to protect it when it gets cold. Use thick panels that are durable and protect against external cool air entering and lowering the temperature in your greenhouse. Proper seals around the doors and windows of a greenhouse are also vital to prevent inside temperatures from plummeting during winter. Some greenhouses come with seals around windows and doors. If your greenhouse doesn’t have this, seal up cracks using tape or bubble wrap.