I own a plastic mini-greenhouse

When, in January, just for a fun thing to do, I ventured into the world of Twitter, it wasn’t long before I discovered a wonderful community of gardeners sharing comments about their garden joys and mishaps and the odd Aloe which, sadly, did not make it through the winter.  Garden Tweeters are intelligent, witty, friendly people, who also write in other mediums using more than 140 characters.  I read their blogs which whetted my appetite to start my own.  So here I am writing about plastic greenhouses.

I love using wicker cloches in my garden

Writing a blog isn’t always easy, sometimes I wonder if I can keep it going, concerned about total lack of inspiration.  Then I am pleasantly surprised when ideas present themselves at the most unexpected moment.  A light bulb in my head goes “ping” and I think, wow, that’s a great thing to write about or, as in this case, a Tweeter recently asked about plastic greenhouses.   I began to set myself the challenge of writing a post about plastic greenhouses in under 500 words.

To start, I would like to share a photo I took when visiting the National Trust garden at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk.  I love Victorian glass cloches and they are used a lot in NT gardens, not only do they have a great aesthetic look, they provide warmth and protection to aid growth – just like a mini-greenhouse.   A tenuous link, but its a prettier picture than a plastic greenhouse.

Victorian glass cloche - Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk (NT)

I will put my hand up and say loudly, and proudly: “I OWN A PLASTIC GREENHOUSE!”.  Actually I have had a couple of mini-greenhouses over the last few years.  You do need an IKEA degree to put it together, the plastic does perish and the zips do break, but they serve a purpose.   I don’t have room, or the money for a proper glass greenhouse, although one is on my wish list.  I placed mine on a west-facing wall and they are anchored to the wall with hooks – so many tales of them blowing away.  My first mini-greenhouse was 3-tiered, it is now without a cover, and makes great shelving for hardening off and starting off seeds that don’t need to be kept under cover. 

Plant nursery in my mini-plastic greenhouse

Some people when buying a new car, buy bigger and better.  Some people when moving house, move up the property ladder.  Last year I bought a new plastic mini-greenhouse and moved up the greenhouse ladder to a 4-tier one. How exciting is that?  I have to admit that the zips have broken and I splashed out a few weeks ago on a NEW cover.

On a final note I thought I would have a quick Google to see what was on the web and guess what?  There is a website called http://www.plasticgreenhousesite.com/Everything you need to know about buying a plastic greenhouse.  What more need I say? Phew, challenge met,  500 words and I hope not boring.

10 thoughts on “I own a plastic mini-greenhouse

  1. I also have plastic greenhouses, 3 in total and they are brilliant for trays of seedlings or storing pots etc. I have found they are not totally frost free during really harsh weather, I have a few victims this season!

    I am currently looking for a second hand glass green house, you can pick bargains up on free ads sites, ebay or if your really lucky, Freecycle! I will still use my plastic ones though.

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  2. Enjoyed your blog Ronnie. Think there are a lot of us with plastic greenhouses, I’ll put my hand up to having a 6′ by 4′ walk in one.

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  3. Thank you Ronnie – you have done well extolling the values of a plastic greenhouse.
    Yes we too own one and it has served us well. There is no need for snobbery! Ours has protected seedlings and encouraged the growth of sturdier plants; stored gardening tools and provided a shelter for the neighbours’ cat!
    What more could we want from our trusty plastic greenhouse?

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  4. Hi Ronnie, I think plastic greenhouses are really versatile – if a tad unattractive, but frankly who cares if it allows you to grow more plants! Fastening them to the wall is a must though, I agree. I am in the happy position of now having a (very small) “proper” greenhouse, but the shelves from my plastic one are now in use within it holding the many, many seeds and seedlings and will do duty later in the year outside to hold strawberries clear of the snails. BTW, if you have room a cost effective next move could be to get a more robust polycarbonate planthouse designed to stand against a wall (and be securely fastened to it, I had my own disaster when mine proved not to be securely fastened enough). They last longer and can hold a lot of plants, you can even grow things like chillies, aubergines and tomatoes in them by removing some of the shelves.

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    1. Thank you Janet. I will certainly contemplate a poly planthouse when I am next looking to upscale – maybe there is information about them on the plasticgreenhousesite 🙂

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  5. I am lucky enough to have the space for a greenhouse, and i’m just putting up a polytunnel too… but i still have two 4 tier plastic greenhouses that i just wouldn’t be without. That reminds me however… i do need to get new covers for them this year.
    Lovely blog Ronnie! I look forward to reading about the rest of the 6 month run up to the big event.
    Simon.

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  6. Sometimes it’s not about the inherent beauty of a greenhouse, but about the consequent beauty it delivers…

    I don’t have a greenhouse, but I do plan to make raised beds with transparent plastic coverings; they will be a home-made eye-sore, but they will hopefully also enable me to get a head start, just like a plastic greenhouse would.

    Lovely entry, and not boring at all!

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