Building a greenhouse can be a significant investment, and many seniors may not have the necessary funds available. An option you can consider is a reverse mortgage.
Constructing a greenhouse allows you to establish an ideal microclimate for plants that may struggle to thrive in outdoor conditions. Whether you opt for a compact structure or a larger-scale operation, the design of your greenhouse depends on available space and desired outcomes.
What makes an optimal greenhouse?
A greenhouse serves as a climate-regulated structure, available in various sizes and shapes. With transparent walls and roof, it allows the internal temperature to remain warmer than the external environment. Common materials used in greenhouse construction include glass, plastic, steel, and timber.
Building a greenhouse is an excellent starting point for cultivating a flourishing garden year-round, providing unparalleled protection against adverse weather, pests, diseases, and wildlife. Before embarking on your greenhouse project, consider the following four key aspects.
Determine the plant selection
Before constructing a greenhouse, determine the specific plants and vegetables you intend to grow. Different varieties require distinct microclimates to thrive in hot and cold months, necessitating specific materials like heating, lighting, and insulation.
- Tropical plants such as cacti, orchids, and indoor plants will require heating during winter.
- Ornamentals like ferns and flowering plants demand varying amounts of sunlight, shade, and heat.
- Vegetables for a cool climate like carrots, lettuce, broccoli, and peas flourish in uninsulated greenhouses.
- Warm-season crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and capsicum will need lighting and heating.
Size of the greenhouse
Once you have established your desired plant selection and quantities, assess the available space in your backyard. Smaller greenhouses provide convenience and easier management, while larger setups offer the advantage of accommodating a wider range of plant varieties and larger volumes.
- Terrariums are ideal for growing small plants and succulents, ranging from the size of a light bulb to a large fish tank.
- Contained greenhouses that are bigger than terrariums can accommodate various plant life and are typically located in specific areas such as the patio.
- Garden bed greenhouses are constructed around existing structures like garden beds and can be easily moved to different positions as needed.
- Full backyard greenhouses are ideal for extensive operations if you have sufficient space. These walk-in structures can house multiple plant types.
Gather the necessary materials
With your greenhouse plans in place, begin gathering the required materials. Whether you are working within a budget or have more flexibility, focus on what suits your garden and vision.
Recycled materials such as CD cases, old windows, PVC pipes, mason jars, and fish tanks can be utilised to create effective structures. Any material that provides protection, insulation, and at least partial transparency can be used for a greenhouse.
Greenhouse kits are excellent starting points for novice gardeners, as they provide everything needed to establish an ideal microclimate, regardless of size or shape.
For large-scale greenhouse projects, consider engaging landscaping and building companies. If you have ample space and resources, feel free to pursue an extensive operation.
Creating and monitoring your greenhouse
Now, it’s time to start building and planting. Continuously monitoring the environment within your greenhouse is crucial for its success. Consider the following factors during construction in your backyard:
- Orientation. Observe the direct and indirect sunlight exposure on your greenhouse structure.
- Temperature. Keep records of internal and external temperatures surrounding your project.
- Utilities. Ensure proper water, air, and electricity flow within your greenhouse.
- Accessibility. Leave room for paths and beds within your greenhouse, ensuring convenient access to your plants.
- Expansion. Assess the potential for future expansion around your greenhouse site, allowing room for growth and adjustments as needed.
- Health. Regularly monitor the soil quality and overall plant health within your newly created microclimate, taking necessary steps to maintain optimal conditions.
The ASAG Reverse Mortgage
The ASAG Reverse Mortgage is a type of loan that allows seniors to borrow against the equity in their home, without the need for ongoing payments until the home is sold or the owner passes away. It can provide the funds needed to build a greenhouse, which can improve the quality of life for seniors in the Northern Territory. The loan itself will be utilised to finance the entire greenhouse project, depending on the quote given by a preferred NT builder or your estimated comprehensive budget for the project.
If you need additional details about the features and benefits of our reverse mortgage and how to use it in your Home Renovation, our team at ASAG is ready to assist you. You can reach us by phone at 1300 002 724 or by emailing your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to address any questions you may have regarding our equity release solutions and look forward to hearing from you.
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