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Greenhouse Gardening Is Great Way To Trim Grocery Bills

Posted by: Diana Whittle on

The rising price of fuel has created a double financial whammy for homeowners who are already paying more to drive to the supermarket, and then get hit with higher food prices once inside the store.

As prices for fresh produce continue to climb, resourceful homeowners search for alternative solutions.

Consider this fact.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), farming costs account for only 19 cents of every dollar that homeowners spend on groceries at the supermarket. The remaining 81 cents is directly attributed to costs other than growing the food, such as marketing, transportation, processing and manufacturing expenses.

Therefore, families looking for a healthful way to reduce their grocery bills are wise to try growing their own produce. A method that is both energy and cost- efficient is to use a solar greenhouse. Gardening in greenhouses supplies plants with a climate-controlled environment so that harvesting can take place all year long.

Greenhouses provides the ideal environment for plants to thrive says Larry Strobel ofSimply Solar Greenhouses, Bell City, MO. “Growing your own food can be fun as well as rewarding. It’s a great family activity that people of all ages can enjoy.”

If you are in the market for a hobby greenhouse, there are several types. The smallest is not large enough to walk into and must be accessed from the outside. It resembles an old-fashioned phone booth and is made all of glass and outfitted with shelves. This type is designed to fit as many plants as possible in as small a place as possible.

The best hobby greenhouses are equipped with automatic sensors, which have open vents that allow ventilation and keep the interior temperatures from getting too high. These are a great labor saver, but can get expensive. Another feature found in more elaborate greenhouses is an irrigation or misting system.

Greenhouses as a hobby are a growing industry

The Hobby Greenhouse Association maintains a website, publishes a magazine for the home gardening enthusiast, and compiles a list of vendors who serve the industry with specialty products and various types of greenhouses.

Strobel says that most gardeners who start using a greenhouse want to know how to protect plants from freezing in the winter time; and, if the greenhouse can withstand strong winds, rain and snow.

Simply Solar Greenhouses have a unique design because they are just one-piece and are resistant to fluctuations in temperature.  Their website describes the different varieties of greenhouses they manufacture and offers a few testimonials from satisfied customers.