A greenhouse is a must for the keen gardener - it is ideal for sowing seeds, taking cuttings, growing tender plants, and overwintering young plants of crops. There are many options when choosing a greenhouse, with prices ranging from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. The greenhouse you ultimately choose will come down to two main factors - the area you have available and your budget.
There are many options when choosing a greenhouse, with prices ranging from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. The greenhouse you ultimately choose will come down to two main factors - the area you have available and your budget.
Before you do anything else, decide on a site - this will determine the size of the greenhouse you can install. You will also need to decide if you can lay the foundations and build the greenhouse yourself, or if you need to install it - read more about building a greenhouse.
In the buyer's guide below we explain how to choose a greenhouse and the factors you should consider. We have also selected some of the best greenhouses, which contain some of the different aspects highlighted in the guide.
Once you have chosen your greenhouse you will need some kit - read more about the basic kit for your greenhouse and discover the best greenhouse accessories you might need or if you are looking for outdoor storage rather than growing space, we have found the best garden sheds, including a clear guide on what to consider before you buy.
But now you have the exciting prospect of choosing a greenhouse. Read on for our advice.
There are many options when it comes to choosing a greenhouse, with prices ranging from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds.
Conservatories are available in a variety of widths and lengths, in 2ft increments. It is best to choose one that is at least 6 feet wide; 8 feet wide will allow you to place stages (shelves) on either side. The eaves should be at least 1.5m (5ft) high to allow plenty of light in. Most gardeners wish they had a larger greenhouse, so choose the largest one you can afford.
There are three main greenhouse shapes - traditional, lean-to, and octagonal. Newer shapes, such as domes, can also be used. Use existing walls, such as the walls of a south-facing house or garage. The bricks are ideal for growth as they absorb the sun's heat, especially at night. If you have an awkward space, octagonal or dome shapes can be useful.
A firm, flat floors such as hardcore and sand topped with paving blocks or gravel is easy to store and drain and can be used to keep the air moist in the summer (when the wetness decays down). Soil borders are a great way to grow greenhouse crops.
Horticultural glass gives plenty of light, is durable, and is easy to replace if it breaks. Tempered glass is more expensive, but is a better choice in high-traffic areas or if you have children. It will still break but will shatter more safely. Polycarbonate is cheaper, will not break, and has better insulating properties, but transmits less light and can pop out of the frame in high winds.
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