Does size of the Greenhouse matter?

  • Does size of the Greenhouse matter?

    Posted by Summerhat-n-Chicks on February 9, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    I already have a 8’/10’ hoophouse and now want to build another hoophouse the same size next to it. There are several issues with the existing hoophouse that I have to correct, but now I’m thinking maybe I should combine the two houses and just build a bigger one of twice the size. BUT, I’m debating whether it’s a better idea for the internal environment or to keep them separate vor the bug control.

    Maybe you have some ideas to help me make a decision.

    Thanks

    JerseyGiantChick replied 1 year, 2 months ago 5 Members · 16 Replies
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  • Raymond

    Member
    February 9, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    I think joining them together, but thats just me. I would fix the problems of the first one. I want a green house and one day I will have one. Good Luck

    • JerseyGiantChick

      Member
      February 9, 2023 at 5:44 pm

      We have one that can ben closed in the middle, that has it advantages with deceases and cross pollination.

      If you can join, you are getting one space between extra.

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        February 10, 2023 at 2:16 am

        I like the idea of a divider in the middle maybe I can make it into a double door. This would definitely help with cross pollination and disease. Hmmm, I’m thinking. Thanks.

      • potpourri_of_life

        Member
        February 10, 2023 at 4:42 am

        That is a really great idea.

  • Hippocrates_Garden

    Member
    February 10, 2023 at 2:44 am

    In general, the larger it is, the larger the air volume, the slower the temp changes are, which is typically good. Depending on where you live. Such as in Arkansas I want it as tall as possible, get that hot air up and away from the plants. Otherwise, if it’s not well ventilated, 30min of direct sun can bake everything in there. Also moisture control. From a temp and humidity control, larger is better.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      February 10, 2023 at 3:15 am

      Wow, thanks, that’s great info. I’m on Long Island and summers can get pretty hot, but ventilation wouldn’t be a problem since we’re having a breeze going most days. My wheels are definitely turning now.

    • potpourri_of_life

      Member
      February 10, 2023 at 4:36 am

      👩‍🌾🌿 great advice

  • potpourri_of_life

    Member
    February 10, 2023 at 4:42 am

    I think it depends on your goal and how much space you have. I think (personally) if I had the option for two, I would keep them separate. If we stay where we are this summer (we are hoping God guides us to a new location) we would do two, mostly due to our yard size.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      February 11, 2023 at 3:26 pm

      My main goal is to get more garden space covered to be able to grow for an extended season. I only have 1/3 acre and space is at a premium so the more space I can utilize the better. I know that I would save on time and effort if I would fix the one I have and just build the second one right next to it, but I think I’m going to take down the old one and build a larger hoophouse instead. In that case, the larger hoophouse will be turned lengthwise, in line with the garden and, more importantly, in line with the prevailing winds to help with ventilation. Depending on how things work out, I might even add the dividing wall/double doors. I still have three 4’/8′ beds in the open and could cover them later on; I also have a little 6’/8′ aluminum frame Greenhouse in the back for additional options.

      Good luck on finding a new location, may the Lord guide you well. 🙏

      • JerseyGiantChick

        Member
        February 11, 2023 at 4:36 pm

        Nice sounds good, lined out with the sun and wind.

        Besides the greenhouse and tunnel, we are going to work with low tunnel. Also to prevent cross polination, maybe we can find a combination sun netting.

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        February 11, 2023 at 7:05 pm

        Yes, sunscreen is a definite must. I’ve used low tunnels before on my beds, this year I want to convert them and use bug netting over the frames.

      • JerseyGiantChick

        Member
        February 11, 2023 at 9:06 pm

        Same way thinking, a combination netting protection from the sun and against the insects would be perfect. Low tunnels could work for us well, another high tunnel is no possibility for a long time maybe never.

        And got to work with all we are blessed with, to get there full capacity and potential.

      • potpourri_of_life

        Member
        February 11, 2023 at 4:37 pm

        Smart thinking. Sometimes what works for another might not work for ourselves.
        Thank you. I think we can sell quickly, as our area seems to have high turnover, yet our need is to first find that location that will allow us to meet our goals.

        What we plan to do, in the interim, is to create raised beds, yet use buckets so if the move comes quickly, we can pick up and go.

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        February 11, 2023 at 7:20 pm

        Well, with the extra raised beds and maybe an already planted fruit tree or two, you might just set yourself apart from other sellers. 👍 Best of luck .

      • potpourri_of_life

        Member
        February 12, 2023 at 12:38 am

        😊

      • JerseyGiantChick

        Member
        February 12, 2023 at 4:24 pm

        Good luck with you selling, most garden center do in pots to but just on the floor (soil with plastic or not). That is how we do it to, if we do not have time to plant right away just put them in post and on the beds. Strawberries and cuttings for “sale” also in pots on the beds. The greens in sandblocks and just pop in done. They can go a pice, a couple or a tray, but we do not sale but give to Kindergarten and school alsofor at home.

        That will change quickly, with all that is still going on and awaiting.

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