Here's why you should build a greenhouse

by Jacqui Zuzgo 11/13/2022

If you want to get the most out of their gardening regardless of climate, one of the best ways is to build a greenhouse. Greenhouses come in many styles and can be built to fit your specific needs. Whether you own a few plants or maintain an entire garden, here are some of the biggest reasons to consider building a greenhouse at home:

Gardening all year

When you build a greenhouse, growing vegetables and other warm-weather plants becomes a viable option all year round. A sturdy greenhouse keeps plants sheltered from cold temperatures while still allowing them to get the necessary sunlight they require. You can grow fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs and salad greens in your own greenhouse all year long.

Controlled growing environment

Some plants have very specific environmental needs. If you like tropical plants, for example, it’s important to provide enough ambient humidity and warm temperatures for them to thrive. Installing grow lamps and heaters in a greenhouse means you can mimic warm, sunny desert conditions for cacti and succulents. A greenhouse makes it easy to create your own microclimate to support many kinds of plants with ease.

Save money

If you currently spend money every year on new plants and seeds for your garden, building a greenhouse could potentially save you a bundle. Overwintering plants is a simple process when you have a greenhouse and will let you keep your existing plants alive season after season. Also, if you grow veggies and other edible plants, you can save money on produce by growing it in your DIY greenhouse at home.

Protect your plants

A sturdy greenhouse protects your plants from the elements and other living things. Insects and similar tiny pests can spread easily and destroy entire gardens. Larger animals like deer or even neighborhood dogs also pose a threat to your plants’ wellbeing, and in a greenhouse they’re safely locked away. When you build a greenhouse, you also keep pets, children and wildlife safe from potentially toxic plants.

No matter what you grow in your garden, a DIY greenhouse can be a useful addition to your home life; just make sure you have all the materials needed for your particular style of gardening. Keep these factors in mind when creating your greenhouse plans.

About the Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.


  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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