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Starting a Window Greenhouse

Pick a window in your home and no doubt you can locate a spot for small window greenhouse. It is best locate them in direct sunlight but just about any sunny window will suffice. Normally it is advisable to locate them on the south side of the building to receive the most benefit for growing your plants but sometimes a good southern exposure just isn’t possible.

Otherwise hopefully another good location would be where you can achieve the most amount of morning light as this is the most beneficial time of the day for new growth. Sun from the west will be adequate also but plants in window greenhouses facing this direction will grow as rapidly.

Once a window is chosen either a window greenhouse kit will need to be purchased or a company will need to be called to custom make the window greenhouse in some situations. Most window greenhouse kits will come in pieces which are easy to assemble with basic hand tools; choosing the right style to compliment the houses style is important, a wood framed window box would look odd on a stone house for example.

Plants To Grow in a Window Greenhouse

Choosing plants for a window greenhouse is as simple as knowing ones taste and space limitations. A window box is limiting, choosing plants that will stay small or only starting plants is probably the wisest idea. It is also good to know the purpose of the plant within the room; you wouldn’t want to grow vegetables in the bedroom as an example, flowers would suit that room much better.

Herbs can do well in most rooms of a house and are perfect for window greenhouses; lavender and jasmine would be relaxing for a bedroom, and if the window is high enough, even a nursery. A kitchen could do with a wide variety of many herbs; fresh herbs can make everyday meals seem like gourmet meals.

Flowers can do well in a living room, bedroom, or porch area; window greenhouses can be a nice alternative to house plants which are often just foliage and no blossoms. The fragrance of fresh flowers year round combined with the beauty the plants and window box add to the home can be enjoyed for years, especially in places like cities or condos where garden space can be limited or nonexistent.

They are simple to take care of due to their small size, so just about anyone can become and indoor gardener. It’s the perfect place to start seedlings, enjoy a small flower patch, and grow fresh herbs. These small greenhouses can be enjoyed by most homeowners with little effort or start-up costs.

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