If you live in an area where the amount of CO2 you emit is so great that you are considering a greenhouse farm, you might be tempted to invest in a greenhouse, says greenhouse gardening guru, Greenhouse Garden Shed.
“Greenhouses can be very efficient for certain purposes,” he said.
“In some places, they can actually be a cost-effective alternative to using electricity.”
But for those who do not want to invest much in a new greenhouse, there are ways to keep the cost down.
Some of these include using recycled material or planting trees in your garden to reduce the carbon footprint.
“You could use the greenhouse to grow plants that have more room for water and nutrients, or you could use it as a habitat for birds,” said Andrew Rousset, a greenhouse expert at The University of Queensland.
“Or you could plant fruit trees in the area.”
To keep the greenhouse as green as possible, RousSET suggests that you keep a close eye on how much CO2 your greenhouse is emitting.
“So if it’s around 10 per cent, that’s pretty bad,” he explained.
“So if the temperature is above 80 degrees, and you’re keeping the temperature below 40 degrees, then it’s a good option.”
The biggest problem with a greenhouse is the cost, and the cost of maintaining one is usually higher than the cost to install it.
“There’s a lot of different factors that go into the cost,” he added.
“That includes the quality of the plant that you plant, how much space you need, and how much water you need.”
And you can have a lot more water in a plant if you have good drainage.
“If you have any questions about your greenhouse, ask on the Greenhouse Gardens website, or call 613-534-5200.