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Locating a greenhouse

Hi, I’m in the process of locating my new greenhouse. I’ve got a good east to west site, on the sunniest boundary line. Near the house so ok for water and electric.  But, it won’t get sun past 4pm in the summer, is that ok? I’m new to greenhousing, loved the very broken one I adopted (in the picture before I showed the garden rather more TLC), when I bought this house, so looking forward to my new larger one! Just don’t want to make a location mistake! We’ve added an extension 4m nearer to this old one. It will not be in the shade but won’t feel as open as this did. What do you think? Thanks clever peeps. 


  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,697
    You need to put it where it isn't too windy and where you can get to it easily, first and foremost, so it doesn't get damaged in every storm and so that it's convenient to use it.

    After that, light is what you need most, rather than sunlight, necessarily. Deep shade isn't good, but partial shade is workable. Sun in the morning is generally better than in the evening - it helps to warm it up quickly when it's coolest. In a hot summer, losing direct sun after 4 pm is probably a good thing to avoid it overheating as much. But in the winter you may find it gets very cold in there by morning. It doesn't really matter if it's not perfect - you may find you need to amend how you use it is all. Possibly your season will be a tad shorter than it was. Possibly you'll find that introducing some 'thermal mass' (paving slabs on the floor, for example) which will warm up while the sun's on them and then stay warm after the sun's gone over. Probably you'll find cucumbers do better and tomatoes not so well unless we get a very sunny year. 
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  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,064
    I would be worried about falling debris from the trees and would move it further away if possible.
  • Carla8Carla8 Posts: 6
    Thank you both for taking the time! I will see what I can do. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 29,053
    I think , in an ideal world, you'd be best to site it North / South, so the sun shines on the East side in the morning, down the length at lunchtime, and on the west side in the afternoon. Generally  the site dictates where it should go but you have lots of room.
    I'd go for more sun, and add shading. You can add shading, you can never add sun.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    I ask this question when I purchased a new 6m x 3m poly tunnel last year and the jury seems to be out on this regarding direction so I opted for the most convenient just happens to be East West.

    I have also added a wind break on the west side as number of people had suggested this and we do get the odd force ten gale here on the coast.

    It will also depend on what you want to use it for and how long just the summer months or all year?

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • Carla8Carla8 Posts: 6
    That’s interesting Hampshire Hog! You look like you are rather more skilled than me! I’m really hoping to grow from seed, nurture on plants and flowers more so than veg, but we will see. Can’t wait for it to arrive. Mine looks like it’ll be east west, just losing summer sun late afternoon which was my biggest concern. 🤞🏼
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    edited January 2019
    As you probable guessed Carla mine is on my allotment as for skill I'm not so sure but I dabble, and I will use all year veg and flowers from seed I hope.

    It's cold no heating or electric so some seeds I will start at home and move on here once they get going.

    As for losing the sun late in the day I would not worry to much as raisingirl said it is probably a good thing to avoid it overheating it is amazing how little sun you need to raise the temperature one real investment I would suggest is a good min/max thermometer and hang in the middle about six to nine inches from the roof in free air. 

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
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