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A greenhouse is a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions.

Green House GardenMost greenhouses look like a small glass house. Greenhouses are used to grow plants, especially in the winter. Greenhouses work by trapping heat from the sun. The glass panels of the greenhouse let in light but keep heat from escaping. This causes the greenhouse to heat up, much like the inside of a car parked in sunlight, and keeps the plants warm enough to live in the winter.

The Earth`s atmosphere is all around us. It is the air that we breathe. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere behave much like the glass panes in a greenhouse. Sunlight enters the Earth`s atmosphere, passing through the blanket of greenhouse gases. As it reaches the Earth`s surface, land, water, and biosphere absorb the sunlight`s energy. Once absorbed, this energy is sent back into the atmosphere. Some of the energy passes back into space, but much of it remains trapped in the atmosphere by the greenhouse gases, causing our world to heat up.

Many people believe a greenhouse to be a luxury but once having owned one, they usually change their minds. Of course, there are many greenhouses which are expensive to build and operate, but the amateur who is handy with tools may easily erect one at small cost.

Another opinion is that the process of raising plants in a greenhouse is something intricate and mysterious. Anyone who has been successful with plants out of doors may, by altering the principles slightly, apply this knowledge to gardening under glass. Much of the process is the same.

In a small greenhouse, it is comparatively easy to regulate temperature, humidity and ventilation. Light is more difficult but it too yields to the application of common sense. The amateur uses a greenhouse chiefly for the following reasons:

1. Raising plants for winter use indoors.
2. Carrying over garden plants to be used as "stock" plants next season.
3. The early starting of tender plants from seed.
4. Increasing possibilities of variety and a continuous succession of bloom.
5. The easy culture of small vegetables for winter use on benches or in pots and boxes beneath the benches.
6. For propagating, and experimenting with various plants as a hobby for the purpose of developing new varieties, etc.

The foregoing should constitute about every garden activity which the amateur would care to enter.

The process is greatly simplified by the fact that the use of a work bench and easy access to both tools and materials save time and labour in the various processes. The muss of starting seeds indoors under handicap is completely unnecessary.

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