Cultivating marijuana is a fine pursuit, requiring tact and great care. Different growing setups suit different people's needs. You are quite fortunate if you have the space for a greenhouse in your garden. Even a small greenhouse of hobby-gardening size, say 2.5m by 3m, could provide the space you need. There are many advantages to switching to a greenhouse setup. You can be self-sufficient in your cultivation and cut energy costs dramatically by using sunlight. It's more environmentally efficient than both indoor and outdoor cultivation, too. It gives you a secure, organised space to work in. That being said, careful research is required to find your ideal setup. What worked for your neighbour may not work for you. Here are some of the issues to consider.

BEFORE YOU BUILD YOUR GREENHOUSE

Don't over-complicate things. Try to find the most straightforward way of building. Any elaborate designs you envision have to compete with the effectiveness of simple designs built for practicality. Metal frames are more expensive than wooden frames, though significantly less likely to catch fire. You will need material built for the snow, wind, and climatic conditions your greenhouse may face throughout the year. Be patient when you're building as your initial plans may need to be modified. You should still be setting a realistic budget and timeline for completion.

GreenHouse Winter Conditions

YOUR IDEAL LOCATION

When you find a location facing sunlight, you can cut down on costs of electric lighting. However, should artificial lighting still need to be part of your setup, your greenhouse should ideally be outfitted to benefit from both sources of light. A marijuana plant typically requires 7.5l for each 30cm of plant height. Work out how much space you need, alongside storage space for equipment, working tables, water supply, and so forth. Find a space somewhere that you can easily access. Don't make it easy for others to get in. Think about security for your greenhouse ahead of time.

Types Of Greenhouses For Growing Cannabis

COVERING YOUR GREENHOUSE

Your translucent covering will distribute an even amount of light. It can even be blacked out for 12 hours a day if you want to retain the 12-12 split of indoor cultivation. Glass is heavy, expensive, and fragile compared to say, fibreglass or plastics. These lighter materials come in translucent grades that distribute heat just as effectively as glass. You should give the greenhouse a new coat of protective resin every 10 to 15 years. There are also certain paints that will block the outside world's view inside your greenhouse. Make sure trees aren't obstructing your light source, unless it's evening sun in the summertime. There are some hot days in summer where your plants could do with some shade in the afternoon. Speaking of heat...

GreenHouse Cannabis Structure

VENTILATING YOUR GREENHOUSE

Another advantage of greenhouses is the control they grant you over the temperature of your growing conditions. With direct sunlight, your plants can still grow in winter months as greenhouses are great for retaining heat when the weather turns cold. After all, capturing humidity in a greenhouse reduces your need for water. There are times, however, when the evaporation could lead to too much heat. You should be able to cool your greenhouse with a vent. Many greenhouse designs incorporate a mechanical vent. Depending on your hydroponics system, you could also have a plastic tubing setup that allows you to spray cooling water mists for extended periods. You should also find a way through ventilation or controlled burning to maintain CO₂ levels inside your greenhouse, as your plants will be more deprived of it than usual.

KEEP IT SECRET, KEEP IT SAFE

Gandalf's wise words should be heeded; "Keep it secret. Keep it safe". The entrance to your greenhouse should be secure. If possible, the greenhouse should be hidden from public view. You want to grow marijuana discreetly, hence, you're covering it with a greenhouse. Maybe the laws where you live aren't kind to cannabis cultivators, so be very careful. Even in jurisdictions where there's some form of decriminalisation or legalization, you need to make sure you're complying with regulations, insurance law, and other matters in case you are discovered. With some tasteful discretion, you can grow tasty, toasty marijuana in peace.

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