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Greenhouse orientation

Wondering where to position a greenhouse? Our guide to greenhouse orientation will help to point you in the right direction…

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Greenhouse Orientations

Finding the best place to put a greenhouse is a tricky task and the optimum position is seldom achieved. You simply have to find the best position for a greenhouse given any limitations at your home.

One of the main things to keep front of mind is that here in the Northern Hemisphere, the ideal greenhouse orientation would be to have a ridge running from East to West so as to maximise the sun light available throughout the day.

However, there are also a number of more practical factors to take into consideration which are dependent on the area you are looking to position your greenhouse. This includes avoiding tall trees which can limit sunlight, placing it on a flat surface and ensuring that your greenhouse is within close proximity of any utilities that you will need access to.

The below interactive guide will provide you with all the information you need in order to find the best place to put a greenhouse at your home:

Nothing is Perfect

Remember that there is a very low chance of you finding a location for your greenhouse which ticks all the boxes highlighted above. However, this doesn’t mean that you should give up on the prospect of adding a greenhouse to your home. There are countless ways to compensate for any limitations that you may encounter with your greenhouse orientation.

For instance, if you are concerned that you will not get enough natural sunlight beaming through onto your crops, then you can always greenhouse grow lights to compensate.

It could be that you can’t find a position which is within close proximity of your home. However, you will have be able to take comfort in the fact that all Cultivar Greenhouses come with secure, lockable doors and toughened safety glass to keep your plants and greenhouse equipment safe and secure.

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Orientation

Choosing the Optimum Greenhouse Position

The direction your greenhouse should face is a matter of some debate amongst gardeners. In practice, the optimum orientation of your greenhouse depends on your garden, and what you want to grow.

Positioning the greenhouse with the ridge oriented North-South means that both sides of the greenhouse will receive the same amount of light. East-West oriented greenhouses will have the South-facing side receiving more sun which in most circumstances is preferential. Should you choose shading for your greenhouse in this instance it will only require shading on the south facing side.

Clearance

Give your greenhouse space

Although not essential, where possible you should aim to have about a metre of clearance space all the way around your greenhouse. Aside from the benefits during construction, having this clearance will make access and maintenance much easier.

Leaving this clearance space has the added benefit of reducing the amount of shade that can be cast on your structure.

Utilities

Power, water and gas

If you want to grow plants out of season, visit your greenhouse in the evenings or have running water, you’ll want to ensure you’re able to run your utilities into the greenhouse. This is best achieved during the base construction by laying a conduit under the concrete. This is simply a pipe that allows you to feed electrics or water into the structure from the outside.

Electricity, plumbing, and even gas can make a big difference to your plants and to how much use you get out of the greenhouse. The closer to your house the greenhouse is placed, the easier and more economical it will be to run services out to it.

Light

Capture the daylight

The more daylight your greenhouse can be exposed to, the better. Where possible, avoid any plants, structures or any other shadow-casting obstacles. This will mean it’s possible to grow a greater range of plants, for more of the year.

If you want to grow some plants that require some shade, you can add this in later - it’s much easier to create shade than it is to get rid of it. Getting the maximum light exposure it will ensure you extend your growing season as long as possible.

Cultivar offer a practical and stylish shading solution for the entire range of greenhouses.


Access

Ease of Access for Covenience

If your greenhouse is placed somewhere out of the way or awkward to get to, it’s going to affect the amount of time you spend in it. If there’s a position near to your house, that’d be ideal.

If you keep gardening supplies and the like in a shed or other outbuilding, then siting your greenhouse nearby would be particularly convenient. That said, Cultivar greenhouses have openings wide enough for most wheelbarrows, so it’s easy enough to transport materials from other points in the garden if needed.

Children

Designed with safety in mind

Will you have children playing in your garden regularly? Running around kicking a football can be an expensive activity when near a greenhouse. The reinforced 4mm safety glass in Cultivar greenhouses will stand tough against most knocks, but it’s best to avoid the potential for damage where possible, and site your greenhouse where it’s not in the way.

For added safety, the glass panels in our greenhouse won’t shatter into shards if you do manage to break them, but into small crystals that can be easily swept away.

Slopes

Provide a solid level footing

Is your garden level? In an ideal world you should choose a spot with even ground to avoid too much heavy work when constructing the base. When you order a greenhouse from cultivar we will provide a base plan for you or your builder to work to which will specify that the ground be flat and level. As with all things in life a firm foundation will set you in good stead.

Our selection of bases will help you plan for your greenhouse installation.


Greenhouse Base Advice

Quality Soil

Give your plants the best chance

With a good free draining soil comes the option to grow from the ground or beds within your greenhouse. Alternatively, adding staging and shelving will afford you more space for growing plants in pots or other containers at a more convenient level. A popular set up is to have staging and shelving on one side and an area to grow from the ground or from pots on the other.

Set up your greenhouse with our selection of staging & shelving options.

Find out more

Trees

Position structure away from Trees

Where possible, avoid siting your greenhouse near any trees. Whilst you may think that the trees provide good protection against wind, greenhouses work best when they receive uninterrupted sunlight throughout the day. Even if the area you’re thinking of isn’t shady now, as the path of the sun changes throughout the year, you may find your trees affect the amount of sunlight your greenhouse receives.

Let’s not forget that in Autumn leaves can find their way into the guttering so the less trees in close proximity the better.

Arguably the best position for your greenhouse is that which is most convenient. If it is easily accessible, close to the house for instance, you will find you use it more. Lighting can be installed so it can be accessed and used in the evening. If positioned further from the house there’s some comfort in knowing that all cultivar greenhouses come with secure, lockable doors and toughened safety glass to keep your plants safe and sound.

1. Orientation

The direction your greenhouse should face is a matter of some debate amongst gardeners. In practice, the optimum orientation of your greenhouse depends on your garden, and what you want to grow.

Positioning the greenhouse with the ridge oriented North-South means that both sides of the greenhouse will receive the same amount of light. East-West oriented greenhouses will have the South-facing side receiving more sun which in most circumstances is preferential. Should you choose shading for your greenhouse in this instance it will only require shading on the south facing side.

2. Access

Although not essential, where possible you should aim to have about a metre of clearance space all the way around your greenhouse. Aside from the benefits during construction, having this clearance will make access and maintenance much easier.

Leaving this clearance space has the added benefit of reducing the amount of shade that can be cast on your structure.

3. Utilities

If you want to grow plants out of season, visit your greenhouse in the evenings or have running water, you’ll want to ensure you’re able to run your utilities into the greenhouse. This is best achieved during the base construction by laying a conduit under the concrete. This is simply a pipe that allows you to feed electrics or water into the structure from the outside.

Electricity, plumbing, and even gas can make a big difference to your plants and to how much use you get out of the greenhouse. The closer to your house the greenhouse is placed, the easier and more economical it will be to run services out to it.

4. Light

The more daylight your greenhouse can be exposed to, the better. Where possible, avoid any plants, structures or any other shadow-casting obstacles. This will mean it’s possible to grow a greater range of plants, for more of the year.

If you want to grow some plants that require some shade, you can add this in later - it’s much easier to create shade than it is to get rid of it. Getting the maximum light exposure is will ensure you extend your growing season as long as possible.

Cultivar offer a practical and stylish shading solution for the entire range of greenhouses.

5. Children

Will you have children playing in your garden regularly? Running around kicking a football can be an expensive activity when near a greenhouse. The reinforced 4mm safety glass in Cultivar greenhouses will stand tough against most knocks, but it’s best to avoid the potential for damage where possible, and site your greenhouse where it’s not in the way.

For added safety, the glass panels in our greenhouse won’t shatter into shards if you do manage to break them, but into small crystals that can be easily swept away.

6. Slopes

Is your garden level? In an ideal world you should choose a spot with even ground to avoid too much heavy work when constructing the base. When you order a greenhouse from cultivar we will provide a base plan for you or your builder to work to which will specify that the ground be flat and level. As with all things in life a firm foundation will set you in good stead.

Our selection of bases will help you plan for your greenhouse installation.
Greenhouse Base Advice

7. Quality Soil

With a good free draining soil comes the option to grow from the ground or beds within your greenhouse. Alternatively, adding staging and shelving will afford you more space for growing plants in pots or other containers at a more convenient level. A popular set up is to have staging and shelving on one side and an area to grow from the ground or from pots on the other.

Set up your greenhouse with our selection of staging & shelving options.
Find out more

8. Where to site a greenhouse

Arguably the best position for your greenhouse is that which is most convenient. If it is easily accessible, close to the house for instance, you will find you use it more. Lighting can be installed so it can be accessed and used in the evening. If positioned further from the house there’s some comfort in knowing that all cultivar greenhouses come with secure, lockable doors and toughened safety glass to keep your plants safe and sound.

9. Trees

Where possible, avoid siting your greenhouse near any trees. Whilst you may think that the trees provide good protection against wind, greenhouses work best when they receive uninterrupted sunlight throughout the day. Even if the area you’re thinking of isn’t shady now, as the path of the sun changes throughout the year, you may find your trees affect the amount of sunlight your greenhouse receives.

Let’s not forget that in Autumn leaves can find their way into the guttering so the less trees in close proximity the better.