Choose a level, clean site in a low-traffic area, with easy access to power and water. Protect from prevailing winds if possible.
 
  Your greenhouse should receive the maximum amount of winter sunlight available. Be sure to consider the following:
 
   

 

• The change in angle of the sun between summer and winter

 

• Shadows cast by existing structures and/or trees
  • Growing trees: will they shade the greenhouse in the future?
   
If possible, align your greenhouse with one long side facing
south or southwest, for two reasons:
 
(1)
The angle of the roof is engineered for catching the maximum amount of the sun's rays in the winter with the least amount of loss by reflection (like a solar panel); and
 
(2)
If you end up using shadecloth during warm days in spring and summer, you will only need to shade one side, instead of both sides
 

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