Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Greenhouse

Greenhouses are easy to assemble and extend your gardening season.

Greenhouse Garden
Rather than constructing your own greenhouse from PVC pipes and sheet plastic, use a kit designed to be rigid and durable.Palram

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!

Portable or Permanent

Palram HGK129 Snap & Grow Hobby Greenhouse
This greenhouse comes as a kit and is designed for semi-permanent location once assembled.Palram

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

Erommy Walk-in Greenhouse
This moveable greenhouse features adjustable ventilation and comes in three size configurations.Erommy

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

Home-Complete HC-4202 Walk-In Greenhouse
This highly portable greenhouse is designed for sheltered locations with minimal wind, although it can be anchored for greater stability.Home-Complete

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.