A greenhouse allows you to grow everything from plants and flowers to herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables in an optimum and sustainable growing environment. They are multi-purpose, keep your gardening safely in one place, protect your plants and are eco-friendly. These structures can range in size from mini ones that can live on a deck, patio or balcony to large ones that set up quite easily in any backyard.
Greenhouses are chiefly made with walls and a roof of transparent materials such as glass or virtually unbreakable polycarbonate panels. These panels are durable, allow up to 90% light transmission and are ideal for those who want to showcase their plants. They come in a myriad of different widths, lengths and heights, and you can get them in single wall or opaque double wall options – so the sky’s the limit.
Whatever your personal gardening preferences tend to be, there is a greenhouse perfect for you. Greenhouses will allow you to grow everything your heart desires and gives you the freedom to change things at your leisure.
1. Palram Snap & Grow Greenhouse
The Palram Snap & Grow is a silver-framed hobby greenhouse made from heavy-duty aluminum frames that assemble easily without a lot of hardware. Double-hinged doors, SnapGlas panels that are virtually unbreakable, a rain gutter and three roof vents are all standard features. Easy to set up, the Snap & Grow also provides 100% UV protection and over 90% light transmission directly onto the plants.
PROS: This greenhouse features a convenient SmartLock connection system that provides for simple assembly without using a lot of tools.
CONS: The included instruction manual is drawings only; no written instructions which might make setup more difficult.
2. Palram Nature Series Hybrid Hobby Greenhouse
Palram’s Nature Series Hybrid Greenhouse is a hobby greenhouse that provides a precise balance of two advanced polycarbonates and a durable 6-foot wide frame designed perfectly for growing in smaller spaces. Other important features include integrated rain gutters to channel water for sustainable irrigation, a magnetic door catch and single roof vent to help moderate air flow and temperature to maximize growing conditions.
PROS: This greenhouse has a rust-resistant aluminum frame with 24 square feet of growing space.
CONS: There is no included screen or the like to keep out bugs and/or rodents.
3. Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse
The 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse by Gardman is a great lightweight and easy-to-assemble greenhouse, perfect for small backyards or homes where space is tight. Easily place on the deck, patio or balcony, this mini greenhouse is made from quality construction and materials that will last season after season. Fitted with a strong powder-coated tubular steel fram,e with a simple push-to-fit assembly that requires no tools, this greenhouse will be up and running in no time.
PROS: This compact greenhouse comes with a clear polyethylene cover and roll-up zippered door so you can see your plants without having to open the front cover.
CONS: Even though this greenhouse is mini and compact, there are no wheels included.