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cheap and Eco friendly ways to heat a greenhouse
The cost of heating a greenhouse in winter can sometimes outweigh the savings and advantages of using it to grow your own.
Greenhouses are poorly insulated, but by making a few improvements to insulation and trying some of the heating methods here, you could reduce the cost of heating a greenhouse in winter.
Paraffin heater, Straw, Cardboard, Bubble rap, Decomposing Hay or Straw bales, Dust bin or old oil drum filled with water, even a Rabbit hutch complete with rabbit will warm it up.
Cheap and simple ways to heat-up your greenhouse.
Good house keeping tips to keep your greenhouse warm.
Greenhouse Paraffin heater for winter.
Paraffin heaters are the simplest way to heat a greenhouse up to about a maximum length of 8ft in winter.
If heating demand is not to high through Winter and outside temperature does not fall below -6C and the required greenhouse temperature is no more than +5C, this paraffin heater will keep your greenhouse free of frost.
If you use a greenhouse heater you can help keep greenhouse heating costs down and still grow plants through late Autumn and Winter months by adding a layer of bubble wrap to insulate your greenhouse. See below.
insulating your greenhouse with bubble wrap will widen the range of plants you will be able to grow through winter. Its easy and cheap to insulating a small greenhouse with bubble wrap and only takes about an hour.
This bubble wrap kit includes the plastic clips to hold the wrap in place, or try using clothes pegs, remember to fasten the bubble wrap around windows, doors and vents in away that they can still be opened.
I found this Idea for a small greenhouse heater using a nightlight, a saucer and a terra-cotta pot, on a forum. Usually a night light lasts eight hours so I’m going to experiment with these in saucers beneath a metal bucket and on a saucer in an old watering can
If you are not planting and growing through the winter but just heating the whole greenhouse for a few less hardy plants, you might want to think about moving them into your house for the winter months.
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