If you're thinking about putting in a greenhouse in your backyard, you should realize that it carries quite a bit of responsibility with it. It's kind of like owning a pet - you'll have to be committed to taking care of it on a daily basis for the long time. If you're an avid gardener though, the rewards are great and it just may be what you need to fulfill your year-round craving for gardening.
It's not too expensive though, since you can find reasonably priced kits that can get you started for less than $500. Of course, like everything else in life, there are luxurious versions of backyard greenhouses available that can cost thousands of dollars.
One of the largest suppliers for greenhouses in Canada is Backyard Greenhouses. Here you can purchase a greenhouse online and have it delivered to your home. They offer a complete supply of greenhouses and kits that are great for a beginner or a seasoned green thumbed enthusiast. You can also purchase this type of planting home at some local home improvement and gardening centers.
There is a lot of information about working with these houses on the Internet but you must be careful about getting the right data. The information supplied should be available for different types of climates. Here in Calgary, for example, the mean annual temperature is 4.1°C, there are cyclonic summer weather patterns that raise the risk of hail and there are less than 100 days that can be considered to be frost-free. Precipitation levels average about 500 mm, which includes snow.
One of the benefits of having a greenhouse in your backyard in Calgary is the long days that we experience during the summer. As well, even though the winter is cold, most of the days are sunny. For these reasons, the solar potential here in the city is almost the same as what you would find in Florida.
Two of the biggest considerations to take into account when you're planning to start a greenhouse are light and heat. There will be a learning curve involved in both the planning and the implementation of a greenhouse, and you can expect it to be time-consuming. For avid gardeners that like the idea of getting dirt under their fingernails at all times of the year, this can be a positive aspect of setting up a greenhouse. It will definitely be a challenge but when you see the fruits of your labour, and your vegetables, sitting on your kitchen table, it will be well worth it!