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By Heabow

Somerset, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone give honest advice on buying a greenhouse now that we have the gardening bug and want to get more out of growing our own plants - thanks.



Hi Heabow, my advise would be, go onto an internet auction site.

Decent glass greenhouses i've seen sell for £80-£100...much,much cheaper than buying new and your recycling too.

Some i've seen require the buyer to dismantle, some sellers offer to help you dismantle.

5 Sep, 2010


Yes I have seen those offers on ebay, but I am not able to go and dismantle a greenhouse and then have to transport it...

We have had a small plastic greenhouse this year but it is very small and wanted to consider something a little larger and being able to do more with it.

5 Sep, 2010


Our last greenhouse came from B&Q. The largest of their 'cheap' range of aluminium framed houses (8x10). It came boxed and complete and Mg and I assembled it ourselves in a couple of days. I have no complaints about it at all.

5 Sep, 2010


I bought a self assembly one from Gardman on the internet last June. I have cancer and it took me about a week to assemble. Somebody had to help me complete it. But it is the best thing I have ever done. I frequently plant seeds with the intention of making sure that I am going to outlive them. With great success so far.

5 Sep, 2010


Hi Heabow and welcome to GoY buy the largest greenhouse you can fit into the space as you will rapidly find you have filled it :-) As Bulba says we erected our 8 x 10 greenhouse over two days - just be ready for the odd rude word whilst your are building!

5 Sep, 2010


How do you find those plastic greenhouses? I was going to try one and see how I get on before I shell out on something more 'permanent' - just for tomatoes etc in the summer and over wintering some tender plants.

6 Sep, 2010


To be honest the tomato plants grew very well and there was a lot of warm humidity and a lot of snails and slugs, the amount of tomato crop was slow in appearing and overall I would say that there was not enough direct sunlight entering the structure even though it was facing directly south so I ended up with a lot of small green toms and very few ripe ones!.

The plastic was not clear and I am not sure if that made a difference or not. Also it was very difficult to regulate the temperature as it gets very hot during the day in direct sunlight.

I did also have cuttings and grew plants from seed and they grew very well.

I'm still trying to decide on a 6' x 8' polycarbonate greenhouse...???

6 Sep, 2010

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