When you hear the term green sustainability, it may not mean the same thing to you as it does to someone else. That’s because you can live a green and sustainable life in many different ways.
For example, you can recycle or set up a rain barrel that you can use to water your garden. You can use a water filtration system instead of creating plastic waste by buying bottled water in bulk.
You can also set up and cultivate a greenhouse environment. We’re going to talk about how this is a smart move for sustainable living right now.
What is a greenhouse?
A greenhouse is typically a structure with a roof and walls made of transparent material. Glass is the most common element you can use for walls and ceilings. You can use that as a place to grow crops that need special atmospheric conditions.
You can grow many types of crops in a greenhouse. You can grow vegetables or flowers or both. You can have a very small greenhouse, sometimes called a cold frame, or a very large one that’s the size of a warehouse.
If you’re a homeowner, unless you have a lot of unused land, deciding on the perfect location for your greenhouse shouldn’t take you very long. Most people who only have a modest garden will want to chop off part of it and use that for their greenhouse.
Why do greenhouses fit into sustainable lifestyles?
Green or sustainable living practices are usually conscious choices. Setting up a greenhouse can be one of them.
By building a greenhouse and growing your own vegetables there, you can keep them away from rabbits, squirrels, birds, insects and other pests that might try to dig up or eat them. You can save money you would spend on produce, but you can also grow vegetables that you know don’t contain harmful chemicals. If you want to watch out for unhealthy chemicals in your vegetables, a greenhouse can be an excellent option.
Also, if you’re growing crops for food in a greenhouse, do so in a way that doesn’t waste water. With a carefully prepared greenhouse, you don’t compromise on soil quality.
As a grower with a greenhouse, you can take advantage of the sun’s rays shining through the glass roof and walls, but you can also use LED lights to support plant growth. You can ease the growing process and you’ll probably end up with a higher quality veg than the average grocery store.
Less CO2 emissions
If you have a greenhouse where you grow flowers and vegetables, you should also know that these produce very little CO2 emissions. If you look at industrial machinery or energy consuming tasks, a greenhouse produces a negligible amount of CO2 in comparison.
What other advantages does a greenhouse offer?
A greenhouse can help you live more sustainably, but it also has other benefits. If you live in a community, you can work in a greenhouse with many other people.
If you have children, one way is to teach them responsibility. You can show them how to care for the plants, how to harvest them and how to prepare them for meals. This will reduce your grocery budget.
You might also find that spending time in a greenhouse relaxes you. When you spend time with plants and things that grow green, you may feel less stress and tension in your life. You should not neglect the therapeutic prospects.
If you have the same greenhouse long enough, you may have several generations of families looking after it. Perhaps one day you will have children and grandchildren spending time there cultivating the same plants you planted decades earlier.
You could even use a greenhouse not only for food but also as a source of income. If you have space for a larger one, you can store some of the veggies, fruits, and flowers you grow. Then you can sell them.
You could take the harvest you don’t need to public markets. Then you can bring back some money to spend on rent, utilities and other essentials.
If you want to set up a greenhouse for sustainable living, there are many books on the subject. With more and more greenhouses popping up in urban settings, it’s easy to see why so many people like them.