Designing A Greenhouse: Considerations and Challenges

November 09, 2022 Angela and Mandi
Designing A Greenhouse: Considerations and Challenges
Show Notes

Season 3: Greenhouse

Greenhouses can come in a variety of forms:

  1. Cold Frame
  2. Hoop House
  3. Mini Greenhouse
  4. Greenhouse Kit
  5. Attached 3-sided Structure
  6. Independent Structure

3 Things Required for Greenhouse

  1. Ventilation
  2. Heat Source
    1. Thermal mass from other structure
    2. Heater
    3. Water Barrels
  3. Sunlight

Things to Consider

  1. Flooring
  2. Drainage
  3. Position of the house relative to sunrise/set
  4. Access 
  5. Orientation- traditionally greenhouses direct N-S. (Mandi’s does not and we explain why it still works!)


  1. Contained pests include aphids, scales, mealy bugs, gnats
  2. Mold and mildew
  3. Heating if necessary

Ways to heat a greenhouse- likely one of the biggest challenges we face. Some folks compost in the greenhouse- you have to have a large enough one and I am not convinced it would work too well. You can double window. Put up sheet insulation- like the kind some folks do on their windows. - may not be rated for humidity though. 

Mandi uses an electric heater. It keeps the greenhouse around 40 degrees- even when it is about 16 outside. 

As you listen to the entire episode, you will hear that we chat about many ways to do the same thing. It sure doesn't have to be fancy, because the end goal is all the same! 

Thank you for listening. 
Angela and Mandi