The different types of greenhouse
Perfect if you're just getting into gardening. These are great value, easy to assemble and simple to look after.
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You can use these movable mini-greenhouses anywhere you have plants that need protection from frost and damp.
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Also known as lean-to-grow greenhouses. These are great if you don't have much space.
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For the dedicated gardener and available in a range of sizes. Pick either a classic wood greenhouse or durable metal model.
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Where should I put my greenhouse?
- Somewhere flat, not bumpy or on a slope.
- Away from trees to avoid shade and falling branches.
- Near walls or hedges to offer protection from the wind.
- Close to your house if you need mains power for lights and heating.
- Close to a tap for water.
How can I get the best sunlight for my greenhouse?
- Point the door to the north or south to get the best sunlight for all-year-round growing.
- Point the door to the East or West to get enough sunlight for spring and summer growing.
- For wall/lean to grow greenhouses, place them facing south if possible.
What material should I choose for my greenhouse windows?
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- Natural, traditional look
- Easy to customise (shelves, hanging hooks, etc.)
- Timber offers more insulation
- Wood needs treating annually
- Can be chipped and damaged
- Harder to change windows
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- Easier to assemble
- Sliding doors on some models (easier to get in and out)
- Tough and durable
- Low maintenance
- Easier to change window panels
- Can't be customised, but may include areas to add fixtures
Choosing a base for your greenhouse
- You'll need a base to secure your greenhouse to the ground. Bases are sometimes included, or can be purchased separately.
- You can also make your own base with concrete or cement. A base should be the same size or a few cms larger than your greenhouse.
- You'll also need to anchor your greenhouse to the base. An anchor kit may come with a base, or be sold separately.
Should I choose glass or polycarbonate for my greenhouse windows?
- Standard value option
- More fragile. The glass can shatter
- Lets in a lot of light
- Much stronger
- Won't shatter - breaks into small bits
- Lets in a lot of light
- Strongest option, hard to break
- Offers more insulation
- Lets in slightly less light
- Plastic. Stronger than glass
- Won't shatter, but not as strong as polycarbonate
- Can discolour over time
- Like double-glazing, it holds more heat.
- There are lines across the window, so it's harder to see through
Important accessories for your greenhouse
Shelving & staging
Ideal for creating space to place small plants and to store your tools.
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