Going Green in the Backyard: Greenhouses, Chicken Coops & Sheds

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Have you been thinking about adopting a greener lifestyle and trying your hand at backyard gardening? Growing your own produce can be more nutritious and very rewarding. With groceries prices skyrocketing, wouldn’t it be great to have fresh fruit, vegetables, and eggs from your own backyard? Plus, you’ll be doing your part in helping the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

If you’re already doing some small scale gardening like growing vegetables and herbs and planting some annual plants from seed, you may be thinking about taking gardening to the next level. If you’re a beginner gardener, you can easily learn which veggies are easy to grow without much fuss and start with a few chickens to get started on this ego friendly adventure.

When you start to make a list of all the fruits and vegetable that you purchase each week along with how many eggs you eat or use for cooking and baking, it really adds up to a lot of costs. Not to mention that these costs at the grocery store have gone way up in price or sometimes, are just not available due to shipping and delivery issues.

And if you also like to cook and bake, you’ll be able to utilize the surplus vegetables, fruit or eggs for baked goods that can be frozen. Another option for a surplus of fruits and vegetables is canning them to consume all winter when these items are at a premium price.

Whether you’re a beginner or want to get more serious about growing your own there are many options for starting small and working your way to up to larger volumes.

There are a few different ways to get started on your green journey, such as investing in a greenhouse, buying a chicken coop, and getting a shed for garden storage. These are all excellent starting points that can help you save money while contributing to the environment.

A Shed is a Must for Backyard Gardening Storage

Having a shed is a must! It’s the perfect way to store all of your gardening equipment, tools, and supplies. Sheds come in all shapes and sizes, so you can choose the one that fits your needs and budget. Not only will a shed keep your items organized and clean, but it will also protect them from the elements.

It’s a good idea to start with a shed. You might already have a shed that just needs to be cleaned out and designated for all your gardening supplies. If you need to purchase a new shed, then consider purchasing the 8×14 A-Frame Greenhouse with Shed Combo.

You’ll have the best set up for success by having a large greenhouse for starting fruits, veggies, and annual plants from seed long before the New England season would normally allow. And your attached storage shed is a perfect enclosure for all your soils, pots, fertilizers and garden tools and accessories.

Another option is if you have a shed or purchase a shed, you can always start small with a greenhouse option by crafting a lean-to-greenhouse off the sunny side of the shed. Check out more greenhouse designs below.

Expand the Fruit, Vegetable & Plant Season with a Greenhouse

Greenhouses are the perfect solution to extend your vegetable-growing season! They allow you to control the temperature, humidity, and light, which means you can grow plants that are out of season in your area. You can choose from a variety of greenhouse styles, from small ones for decks or balconies to large ones for backyard gardening. With a greenhouse, you can have fresh vegetables all year round.

Greenhouse gardening offers a number of compelling benefits. By creating a controlled environment, gardeners can extend the growing season, enabling a year-round supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. This method also allows for a greater variety of produce than traditional outdoor gardening, as it is not limited by local climate conditions.

Furthermore, greenhouses provide protection from damaging weather events and pest infestations, and animals eating your food, thus improving yield. Beyond these practical advantages, the process of tending a greenhouse can also offer therapeutic benefits, serving as a calming and rewarding hobby.

Greenhouses come in a variety of designs and structures, each with its unique advantages.

Lean-to greenhouses, attached to the side of a shed are a space-saving option and benefit from existing heat. Or a standalone lean-to-greenhouse can be placed in direct sunlight, and with the slanting roofline helps with snow easily sliding off.

Freestanding greenhouses, on the other hand, provide flexibility in terms of location and size. They can be equipped with advanced climate control systems for optimal growth conditions.

Hoop greenhouses, characterized by their curved structure, are cost-effective and easy to build. They are well suited for starter plants and low-growing crops.

A-Frame greenhouses have a simple structure and are ideal for harsh climates as the shape allows for snow and rain runoff.

Dome greenhouses offer an aesthetically pleasing design and efficient use of interior space due to their circular layout.

Slant roof greenhouses, also known as shed, feature a single-pitched roof that slants downward. This design can be particularly advantageous for gardeners who live in regions with heavy snowfall, as the slanted roof allows for efficient snow runoff, preventing buildup that could potentially damage the structure. The slant also optimizes the capture of sunlight, especially during the winter months when the sun is low in the sky.

Growing your Outdoor Plants from Seeds Saves Money

You don’t need to spend a fortune on outdoor plants from your local nursery when you can choose to grow them from seeds. Starting plants from seeds is easy, and it’s a great way to save money. You can start them in your greenhouse or use natural light to germinate them. You’ll have control over what you grow, where you grow it, and when you plant it.

Starting plants from seeds is not only cost-effective, but it also offers an enormous potential for saving money in the long run. The initial investment in buying seeds is relatively low when compared to the cost of purchasing established plants from nurseries.

A packet of seeds can produce dozens to hundreds of seedlings, providing an abundant supply of plants for just a fraction of cost. Additionally, owning a greenhouse allows for year-round cultivation, further maximizing the return on investment.

For gardeners in New England, a greenhouse can significantly extend the gardening season. The area’s cold winters and variable weather conditions can be challenging for outdoor plant growth. A greenhouse offers a controlled environment, allowing for the cultivation of plants outside their traditional growing season.

This means that New England gardeners can start seedlings early in the year when the ground is still frozen and extend the harvest into the late fall or even winter months. Thus, a greenhouse turns the New England’s short growing season into a year-round opportunity, providing gardeners with a constant supply of fresh produce, fruits, and plants irrespective of the climate outside.

The Many Benefits of Raising Chickens

Raising chickens in your own backyard can be a fun and rewarding experience. Not to mention that they’re fun pets to have around for the whole family!

There are several compelling reasons to consider raising chickens in your backyard. One of the most obvious benefits is the surplus of fresh, nutrient-rich eggs that you can harvest daily. These eggs are a wholesome source of protein and far surpass the quality of store-bought eggs.

If meat is a part of your diet, there’s also the option of raising chickens for meat. The meat from home-raised chickens is typically more flavorful and leaner than what you’d find in a supermarket, providing a healthier option for meat-eaters.

Beyond the benefits to your kitchen, chickens also contribute to the health of your garden. Chicken manure is an excellent natural fertilizer that can enrich the soil in your garden, promoting the growth of healthy plants and increasing the yield of any vegetable gardens.

Lastly, chickens serve as an effective form of pest control. They are natural hunters and will eat a variety of pests that could otherwise harm your garden, including slugs, ticks, beetles, and a wide range of insect larvae. By running freely in your yard, chickens can help to keep these pest populations under control. Which bring us back to why raising chickens along with greenhouse gardening goes hand and hand.

What to do with Surplus Fruits, Vegetables & Eggs

One of the challenges of growing your own food supply is when you yield a bunch all at once!

If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, or fruit, then you know that they can all come to fruition all at once. And you obviously have a shelf life to consume the harvest before it goes bad.

So, you have a few options. Share your goods with your neighbors, this can be a free gesture, or you can provide a small farmstand where neighbors can pay for eggs, fruit, and veggies. Or you can learn how to can your fruit and veggies and make baked goods that can be frozen for later consumption.

Canning is the process of preserving vegetables for the winter, which is a great way to save money and ensure that you have fresh produce even when it’s not in season. Not only can you try canning vegetables, but you can also make jams, pickles, and relishes.

Surplus eggs can be used for baking and using up a surplus of zucchini for zucchini bread, blueberry and strawberry for muffins will freeze well too. Making your own baked goods not only tastes great, but it’s also a healthier alternative to store-bought processed foods. And it’s also another batch of product that can be sold at your farm table.

The many benefits of having a greenhouse, a storage shed and raising chickens gives you an abundance of organic food at your backdoor. It’s definitely some work on your end to maintain the greenhouse and take care of chickens but think about how much less food you’ll be buying at the grocery store, and in the end the savings will pay off.

Not to mention that your harvest is always in season, meaning it taste so much better than grocery store product that came from afar.

Conclusion

Getting greener is not only great for your wallet and health, but it’s also fantastic for the environment and a fun hobby. Whether it’s investing in a greenhouse, or a chicken coop, growing your outdoor plants from seeds, or getting a shed for all that storage, there are plenty of ways to get started on your green journey.

Not only will you save money in the long run, but you’ll be making a positive difference in the world. So, what are you waiting for? Start living a greener lifestyle today!