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Does it Pay to Buy Cheap Greenhouses?

Friday, 27 January 2017

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We all have a budget, well most of us! For some the sky might be the limit for a glasshouse, but for others cheap greenhouses might be the only way to get into propagation and cultivation under glass. You get what you pay for, or do you? It certainly pays to do your research so settle down with your screen of choice, brochures, gardening books and advice from friends and start to check out what you can get for your hard-earned pennies.

But before you start with your online trawl into cheap greenhouse or more expensive options, get out into the garden to assess a few things:

  • Site - a good degree of sunshine and not overshadowed by trees, bushes or anything else. Although, sometimes a good pruning session can help with this.
     
  • Size - how much available space you have plus what you'd like to grow - if in doubt, go for the maximum size that will physically fit, because there will always be more you'd like to grow!

Greenhouses don't necessarily need to be expensive to be of good service to the keen gardener. They do however need to be high quality, otherwise you could be throwing your cash away with the garden waste. And while the old £ notes will probably compost well, the new ones certainly won't!  So, high quality is a must -  but the cheap greenhouses often come with less sophisticated features and typically aren't as big, so this can be your route to keeping down the costs. And, if you're content to go with a high quality but no frills version and you're practical and/or creative, you might be able to customise on a shoestring.

Whether you've decided to look into cheap greenhouses or their more expensive cousins, you'll need to consider all of the following:

  • Glass or Polycarbonate
  • Timber or Aluminium 
  • Size 
  • Site
  • Ventilation
  • Access to Water
  • Heating
  • Staging/Shelving

While dirt cheap might not be the answer for cheap greenhouses, there's probably a very good option, which blends form with affordability and no frills. Halls is a well-established brand with an excellent reputation and a very good place to start. But there are lots of brands to choose from, so get stuck into your research with a nice cuppa, slice of cake and your planting aspirations.