A couple of friends live in a Greenhouse in central Vic. Yeah, they have a giant shed 100m long and about 8m wide. And their house pods are on the inside of that shed. It is pretty awesome really and that roof sure does collect a lot of water when it does actually rain.
A couple of observations about greenhouses down here that you can dismiss if you want:
- A lot of people that I know that have greenhouses, the greenhouse is either empty or in a state of disrepair - but that may be the people I know. Dunno though.
- They extend your growing season down this way at either end of the season a few weeks (which is a great thing because you can get things like pumpkins and capsicums growing earlier).
- They eventually have a build up of plant diseases in them because it is a more humid environment.
- They do help to reduce the extreme UV from the sun over mid Dec to late Jan. Some plant growth shuts down during that time in response to the extreme UV.
- I have to water the annual plants outside, so watering is not an issue, but when it eventually rains the plants in the greenhouse still have to be watered.
- There can often be a build up of pests in a greenhouse because there is less likely to be predator insects living in the greenhouse - or they are unable to get in there. I don't have to spray anything here as if pests turn up, something is here to eat them.
- On the other hand, birds (which also eat pest insects) are less likely to harvest your crops, whereas they are feral here!
I reckon it is a mixed bag, but if you go into having a greenhouse knowing that it is more work on your part - then your yields will be far higher and far earlier than what I get here.
Oh yeah, my mates have fruit trees in their greenhouse and the growth is incredible - they have probably about 3 times the growth of the fruit trees here. It is feral.
Nice photo too.