Green-house construction



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Introduction: While the various glass structures are generally distinguished according to their use, as Rose houses, Palm houses, Store houses, Graperies, etc., for our present purpose, it will be well to first consider them from the builder’s standpoint, as lean-to, span roof, etc. These names have been applied from the various shapes that may be given to the houses. While any of these forms may be used for all purposes, each one of them is particularly adapted to the growth of certain plants; and as they each have their special advantages and disadvantages, they should all be considered. However, as the space is too limited for the treatment of all the various forms, I will consider simply the construction of an even span house. When erected in connection with some other building, the aspect and slope cannot always be regulated; but, when possible, greenhouses for this purpose should be on the south slope, so that no ray of light or heat will be cut off, either from the east or west. If against some other structure, it should be built north and south, with its north end next the other building. When locating a detached house, a level spot is not objectionable, if good drainage can be secured; but if it can be located at the top of a south and westerly slope, it is all the better, as there the sun is available for extra hours at both ends of the day. If the spot chosen is not level, it should be graded, if possible. A slope of two or three inches to sixty feet is not objectionable, for it will serve to carry off the drain from the gutters; and in a group of houses, while it is preferable that each house should be practically level, if the land selected cannot be readily graded so as to bring the house on the same level, there would be no serious objection to having the houses ranged one above the other, in regular tiers.


Citation: Haffner, Hermann C. Green-house construction. Senior thesis, Kansas State Agricultural College, 1900.
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Greenhouses, Evan Span, Construction