Buying a greenhouse


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Did you post a pic? May I suggest, go ahead and buy something SOLID. Buy bigger than you think you will need. Buy quality and give it a foundation that will support long term use.
 
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That looks nice, but a bit dear. My budget is really restricted and I bought a 6' x 8' plastic greenhouse with a twin-wall roof for about £300. I was a bit worried, only experienced glass houses before, but it has been really good this winter at keeping the cold out, or warmth in :) I am hoping for lots of tomatoes and cucumbers this summer. One thing I would say is make sure it is tied down well, my brother in law told me that when there was a strong wind he saw a couple somersaulting across the allotment. I pegged all round and then coated it with sand and cement to hold them and add a bit of weight
 
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You probably get what you pay for in the long run. Toughened glass, a good sliding door, and tall at the sides are all good things to have. Some are more fancy than work-a-day, and you pay for that, but that aside those of a type seem priced accordingly. I went for cheapest I could find because that was what I could afford.
 
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Things to consider. What you can afford. The available space to site it. What do you want to grow.
Then the type of GH. Lean to. Aluminium or wood. Glass or polycarbonate.

I purchased a used Halls cedarwood 8x12 in 1984. I gradually replaced the roof glass with twinwall polycarbonate. This is much safer if the GH is sited close to trees. Also. The twinwall has two different sides.. One side will block the harmful u/v. This is also beneficial as shading is not required. My GH is T&G boarded to bench height, then glass to the eaves. Inside, I have added small bubble/bubble plastic sheeting for insulation. At one time I used propane gas heating. This became too costly. Dispensing with the heating, I have found that even in recent harsh winters. No frost has entered the house. So this is a point to consider. Are you expecting to house exotic plants during the winter. Back to ....what size? For the adventurous gardener, what you have will never be big enough.
 
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Unless you are a specialist grower. Most gardeners probably consider a greenhouse to be something of an added adventure to their gardening skills. In a way, being able to control weather, and experimenting with perhaps some exotic plants. More often than not. Wisdom is thrown to the wind and the greenhouse soon becomes a mass of assorted and none compatible plants and overcrowding, leading to plant pests and diseases. Gardening is an ongoing learning curve.
 
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