John shares with you how he built his very inexpensive greenhouse.
In this video you will see how easy it is to build this no-tool assembly greenhouse.
John also shares the reasons why he is building this greenhouse and his thoughts and opinions on the quality of the greenhouse.
After watching this episode you will learn if this vinyl inexpensive greenhouse is one you should consider adding to grow more food in the colder months.
Do You Really Need A Greenhouse?
A greenhouse may be a great gardening resource but why would you need one?
- If you like to grow plants from seeds, you know that half the battle is getting plenty light to the seedlings so they grow fast, and strong. A greenhouse provides as much light as the sun does.
- A greenhouse allows you to start more cuttings earlier and have better results.
- A greenhouse allows you to overwinter tender plants, but the degree of success will depend on the plant and what the climate of your area is like. In colder climates, it is one way to overwinter prized plants such as rosemary, fig trees, gardenias, jasmine, and citrus (We keep our lemon tree in the greenhouse oner winter).
- You can buy some greenhouses that can be constructed with raised beds or set right on the soil. This allows you to start tomatoes and other produce weeks or months earlier. When temperatures are warm enough you can then remove the mini-greenhouse – although this does seem to involve a lot of messing about!
- If you like to plant spring-blooming bulbs in autumn for forcing into early bloom during winter, a greenhouse may be helpful, depending on your climate. Keep it at refrigerator-like temperatures (40°F to 55°F) for at least 12 weeks to let the bulbs sprout. Then bring them indoors, where they’ll grow and bloom.
These Allysum seedlings got an early start – This photo was taken in April!
So what exactly is involved in building a greenhouse?
Most greenhouses are sold as kits, and arrive packed in boxes. Then you have to put them together! Some greenhouse kits only take 4 – 5 hours to assemble, but it is more likely to turn out to be a weekend job for two people. We have now built two greenhouses and it took us longer than we thought it would! You won’t need any special tools, but you will need basic handyman skills.
You will need a flat, solid and level ground space. Larger greenhouses require more site preparation since the ground area is larger and some plans call for cement or brick foundation work to be in place prior to assembly. We were lucky when we built the second greenhouse as we were having the drive redone and got the builder to do a foundation for us to stand the greenhouse on.
Some greenhouse manufacturers realize that ease of assembly is an important factor in choosing which greenhouse to buy and although assembly time is important, don’t let it be the major factor in choosing which greenhouse you are going to buy.
When people are buying a greenhouse they are often told – “Buy one size bigger than you planned.”
This is probably true! You invariably find ways to fill the space more than you expected. This is one reason so many greenhouse extension kits are on the market. When we got the first greenhouse we thought it would be plenty big enough for our needs – how wrong we were!
The second one is bigger but could still be filled many times over – but the space available is also a consideration!