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Hobby Greenhouses: Site Location

A home greenhouse can be a fun and rewarding way to expand your gardening hobby. And your plants are more likely to thrive if you plan carefully.

Your greenhouse should be located where it gets maximum sunlight, and morning sunlight is best. You should aim to maximize winter sun exposure, particularly if the greenhouse is used all year.

The site should be well-drained and have convenient access for both people and utilities.

Solar energy from the sun provides sunlight and some heat, but plan to heat the greenhouse during freezes and to cool or ventilate during the summer. You'll need items like heaters, fans, thermostats, and other equipment.

When properly planned, your hobby greenhouse can shelter your plants year-round.

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