Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Greenhouse

Greenhouses are easy to assemble and extend your gardening season.

We’ve all seen them—those gnarled and bent greenhouse frames with the tattered plastic sheeting hanging forlornly. It’s somebody’s idea of a good project gone bad. With the right planning and choices, you can avoid that outcome with your greenhouse. Here are three things to consider before buying a greenhouse for your home and ensuring fresh veggies for years to come!

Withstands High Winds

This has two roof vents, a gutter to catch rain, a door handle that locks and a sturdy steel base. Palram

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The size and construction of your greenhouse will determine how mobile it is. When mobility is desired, consider greenhouses on wheels, or designed for easy assembly and disassembly. The larger your greenhouse footprint, the more permanent it will be. Regardless, be sure your greenhouse is constructed with materials adapted for your local weather conditions (heavy winds, high rains) and able to be well-anchored.

Versatility and Adaptability

Each shelf comes with zip ties to keep your buds secure. Home-Complete

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Greenhouse fans easily find multiple additional uses for their structures, often necessitating expansion or adapting for additional uses like shelving, hanging plants or hydroponics. Consider whether adding insulation, or ventilation might be needed. Easily modified greenhouses are a real plus when the alternative is a more expensive starting over with a new one.

Durability and Maintenance

You can quickly dismantle this model to move it inside or to the yard. Nova Microdermabrasion

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Many greenhouses feature a polycarbonate siding of varying thicknesses, with the thicker a more durable choice. Siding that offers diffused (as opposed to direct, clear plastic) lighting is preferred as it will be less likely to burn plants. More expensive greenhouses will feature UV and scratch-resistant siding. More portable greenhouses sometimes feature slip-over covers.