Do You Need a Greenhouse?
Consider a mini greenhouse
If you answer “yes” to more than a few of these questions, a greenhouse may be a great gardening resource for you.
Would you like to start more plants from seed with more success?
If you’re a seed starter, you know that half the struggle is getting those seedlings plenty of light so they grow fast, stocky, and strong. Most indoor grow lights are barely adequate. A greenhouse provides as much light as the sun does.
Do you want to get your cuttings off to a better start?
A greenhouse allows you to start more cuttings earlier and have better results. You’ll have larger, sturdier plants that will take off faster with less pampering come warmer weather.
Do you want to save money by overwintering tender plants?
Some of our favorite plants are marginally hardy. A mini-greenhouse, depending on the plant and your climate, allows you to gain approximately two hardiness zones if you grow the plant in a pot and overwinter it in the greenhouse. In colder climates, it’s a resourceful way to overwinter prized plants such as rosemary, fig trees, gardenias, jasmine, and citrus.
Do you crave more veggies earlier in the season?
Some greenhouses can be constructed with raised beds or set right on the soil. This allows you to start tomatoes and other produce weeks and even months earlier. Then, when temperatures are warm enough, remove the mini-greenhouse. (Charley's Greenhouse and Garden, for example, makes a special mini-greenhouse tailored for growing tomatoes right in the ground.)
Do you enjoy forcing bulbs in winter?
If you plant spring-blooming bulbs in fall 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.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 4:19 PM
I would love to have a Greenhouse to start plants off in the spring, & also take care of sick plants.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:40 PM
i have a small greenhouse would love bigger one
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:45 PM
I would love to have a Green House for my mom so she can do her flowers and my kids and mom and i can do some plants in the green house.ecspecilly when the weather is rain,shine,cold,or hot.
Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:48 AM
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Thursday, July 29, 2010 9:58 AM
Yes! A greenhouse would be wonderful, and especially after the cold wet spring we just had in Washington. I had to buy petunia plants and would much rather start them from seed.
Thursday, July 29, 2010 11:01 AM
a greenhouse would be wonderful as ihave finnanly gotten my husband into growing from eed and wem not have 60 amaryllis plants growing from seed and no where really t put them this winter.
Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:59 PM
What a beautiful design for a greenhouse of that size and it has about everything I have been looking for...usually that size is very tacky looking and cheaply constructed. A good bit of my landscape was destroyed by the massive snow we received last winter here in Alexandria, VA - this would liven my yard up quite a bit...link for the company & info?
This would also give me a great place to recouperate all the plants my friends pass along to me before they kill them completely - lol
Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:17 PM
I need a good, sturdy greenhouse that is not to expensive. This last April I ran around trying to cover my new veggie seedlings with old blankets and lugging my heavy potted plants to the shed to protect them from a sudden late season frost. Alas, many of them suffered. My concern is finding one that can withstand the winds that come down from the mountain. The one in the picture looks sturdier than some of the ones I have seen at Lowe's. How much?
Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:50 PM
I have several large plants that I will need to store over winter. I not have much space in my yard. I lhave just began using seeds to grow my plants from and will need somewhere to work with them.
Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:45 PM
Now that I actually have room for a greenhouse, this one looks just about the right size. It would be great to be able to start your own seeds.
Friday, July 30, 2010 10:04 AM
In the wilds of northern New York we have only two months of summer. A greenhouse would extend our growing season by a few months - maybe long enough for tomatoes to ripen before the first frost! I've tried starting seeds inside but they never survive my pet's curiosity. It would be great for my plants to have a room of their own.
Friday, July 30, 2010 1:07 PM
It would be so nice to have one in southerh Georgia.Then I could get my glassed in front sunroom back in the winter
Saturday, July 31, 2010 7:19 AM
I would love to have one; I could extend the growing season and help with my seeds for the garden without the cats getting them! What is the link for the company?
Sunday, August 01, 2010 7:31 AM
I would love to have a greenhouse , It's hard to get things to grow in New York seeing we don't get very long Summers, It would be nice to get a head start on things and know they will grow! :)
Sunday, August 01, 2010 10:20 AM
I would love to have a greenhouse. We have about 30 house plants. It would be nice to be able to have a place to keep some of them during the winter.
Sunday, August 01, 2010 6:38 PM
Yes I would love a green house, my husband wants to try to create one. We started gardening 2 years ago and I always start my seeds in the house in a rubermaid container, over my vent for heat and also use a heating pad. Sometimes it works but then again it does not always work. I wish I could find info on this green house.
Monday, August 02, 2010 7:32 AM
with the economy the way it is now, who can afford a green house, i'm just glad i became a member before all the problems. love the magazine
Monday, August 02, 2010 9:36 AM
I would love to have a green house too ! i start my seeds in the kitchen and it takes all the room !
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:44 AM
God should bless me with a greenhouse,i have so many seeds, and want to do stuff in the winter months.
thank you for giving us this opportunity.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:07 PM
I've gardened for the past year in containers because of the area I was in didn't allow you to plant in the ground. Starting seedlings in the house making sure they have the proper air temperature, really environment was difficult. I really feel that having the proper equipment for gardening would be nice. I would really enjoy and benefit by having a greenhouse.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:58 PM
I am a single mom with three kids and desperately want to ensure that the veggies/fruit they eat are healthy. If I could grow their produce all year without having to worry about where it comes from and save some $$ at the same time it would be a godsend!!!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 10:18 AM
A backyard greenhouse would be an excellent addition to our home! As it is now, we have to start our seeds in small pots in window sills in two very crowded Southern exposure window sills. Fresh veggies for my family are extremely important and being able to get a good headstart on plants, especially heritage tomatos, would be wonderful!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 2:44 PM
What a wonderful dream! I often fantasize about being able to overwinter my coffee tree, frangipani, jasmine, and ginger plants in a greenhouse instead of my living room.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 7:00 PM
A greenhouse would be a great asset to own as I love to grow plants from seed. Also, have multiple plants that must be brought in doors during the winter (Mandevilla, banana tree, jasmine to name a few).
Thursday, August 05, 2010 9:58 AM
I would love to have a greenhouse. I do not have the room I need to start my seeds and plant.s. Nancy Doss I have 12 loquattrees,and catus and other plants that can not stay outside in the winter. I also take cuttings from roses and root them and thus I have a rose bushh.
Thursday, August 05, 2010 8:22 PM
I live where we have short summers I'd love to have my own greenhouse, I'd have fresh veggies and lots of house plants year round. It would be so much better then trying to start my seedlings in my house.
Friday, August 06, 2010 1:55 AM
WOW, brings back memory of my father George, gardening in the village
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:28 PM
This would be fantastic pretty much anywhere in the US. So many people could benefit from having the oppurtunites this greenhouse could provide. I like being able to begin starting by seed to "speed up" the growing time to allow better crops, and to able to have organic foods from the start. Thanks NHGC! How do we learn more?
Thursday, November 25, 2010 6:09 AM
My husband and I are building my "dream" greenhouse! It's 10 ft x 14 ft. Hope it can be finished by spring. If not, I will start my seedlings in 1 gal. milk jugs this winter. I put the jugs out on my deck in Jan/Feb. and don't worry about them until the weather gets warmer. It's called "WinterSowing." I have had a wonderful success rate doing this method for a couple of years. I live in Zone 5b. You can do this method in almost any zone.
Saturday, November 27, 2010 11:48 AM
Yes, I would love a greenhouse. I am planning to try my luck in our old house that no one lives in. It is a great place to dry seeds for next winters planting, so I am thinking it might be a great place to try my hand at turning it into a greenhouse. The sun comes in the upstairs window which is perfect for drying. I am drying some walnuts I hulled out. If anyone has any suggestions for me I would greatly appreciate it.
Monday, November 29, 2010 4:30 PM
yes, i would love a small greenhouse. i love to start seed and grow vegetables early in the season. i also love to overwinter tender house plants and others also.
Monday, November 29, 2010 5:35 PM
I always THINK I want a greenhouse, but here in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the weather stays pretty mild year round. Talking to greenhouse owners, I have been advised not to get into it unless I want the work of keeping pests (like whitefly, etc.) under control and making sure the structure can withstand at least a mild hurricane hit. Also, a big issue is controlling heat buildup from spring through the fall. So maybe I'll just continue "tenting" plants under plastic on my screen porch on the few nights when the temperatures drop below freezing.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:18 PM
I am working on plans to add a greenhouse to the side of my garden shed it could be a possible future addition.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 5:16 PM
Yes, yes , yes, yes and no since my climate is too warm. A greenhouse is almost essential for a gardener in these economic times.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 3:00 AM
i plan to build a green house very soon. i have several old windows and doors. I also have several pipes to make the frame. it is just a matter of time until it is in full operation. that is unless i were to win a green house. that would save this disabled old man time and resourses
Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:23 PM
I would love to have a green house, as I want to know how to do everything when it comes to the gardens/plants. They are not affordable, started to collect free/old windows but might take me longer to make one the size I really dream of.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:25 AM
I would love to have a greenhouse. I could start my plants earlier.
My porch would not be so crowded. Every Winter I bring them in so they can live thought the winter weather it get a little harder every winter. But I still do it. My husban told me not to buy any more that have to be housed over the winter
Saturday, November 05, 2011 9:16 AM
A greenhouse is great, if I had one. I have tryied making my own greenhouses three or more times from what ever materials I fine in someone else's garbage pile or either giving to me like plastics, old pipes. windows, screens. Someone gave me some clear plastic boxes and I use them to put over the plants to keep from freezing, but they don't keep up because either the wind blows them off or other. There is no other option for me during winter but to bring some of my plants indoors, some I cover and the others dont make it. I run into the same problem for my spring plants. I have a limited space to start my earier plants for the spring and the choice I have is my vegetables over my flowers. Careing for my veggie plants and flowers is the only obligation left in my life besides myself and husband. For all you gardeners, I will keep us all in prayer and that one day we all can have the greenhouse of our dreams. God bless you all.