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Consider these things before you build a greenhouse

by Cathy Toomey 04/07/2022

If you want to build a greenhouse at home, there are many things to consider first. Everything from building materials, style and intended use is worth planning carefully before you start. Here are some of the main things to consider before you build a greenhouse:

What you’re planning to grow

A greenhouse gives you the chance to grow many types of plants you might not be able to support otherwise. The controlled conditions of a greenhouse protect your plants from cold temperatures, pests and other damage. Here are some of the best plants to grow in a greenhouse:

  • Vegetables: Lettuce, broccoli, carrots, spinach, peas, tomatoes, peppers
  • Fruit: Lemons, limes, dates
  • Flowers: Roses, begonias, orchids

What style of greenhouse to build

Before you build a greenhouse, you’ll need to decide what style to build. Here are some of the most popular styles to consider for your greenhouse plans:

  • Attached lean-to greenhouse
  • Standalone greenhouse
  • Window box greenhouse
  • Mini greenhouse
  • Hoop house

What to do if you need a permit

You may need a permit to build a greenhouse on your property. Whether you’re building a standalone structure or adding on to an existing structure, it’s important to do it safely and legally.

Each municipality has different requirements, but permits are commonly required in more densely populated urban areas where there is more risk of accidentally damaging sewer, water or cable lines. In more rural locations, the permit requirements can be more relaxed. Before you build a greenhouse, investigate the necessary permits and apply before you get started.

A DIY greenhouse can be a useful and enjoyable addition to your home. If you’re interested in getting the most out of your gardening, keep these important tips in mind before you begin.

About the Author
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Cathy Toomey

With over 35 years of local, committed experience and satisfied clients, Cathy Toomey is the number one Real Estate Agent in Amesbury, MA. Originally from Reading, MA, Cathy is the oldest of six children. She attended Westfield State College and moved to Amesbury in 1975. Working at various times starting in 1979 for Vernon A Martin, Century 21 and Carlson Real Estate she quickly became the number one agent in her region. In 1997 she joined Stone Ridge Properties as a partner and owner and was instrumental in opening the Amesbury office. Cathy continues to be the top-selling agent in Amesbury. She is passionate about community involvement and giving back, and is involved as a volunteer in a number of local organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for Amesbury Educational Foundation, is President elect of the Amesbury Rotary Club and on the Advisory Board for The Pettengill House and the Provident Bank Charitable Foundation. She reads weekly to a first grader as part of a program in her Rotary Club. Her peers have awarded her the Realtor of the Year designation twice and she is particularly proud of being inducted into the Amesbury Educational Foundation Hall of Honor as a Friend of Education.