Backyard Greenhouses for Every Budget
These greenhouses make your climate a four-season growing paradise.
It’s always growing season inside backyard greenhouses.
Quite simply, that’s the appeal of a backyard greenhouse– or a larger-scale greenhouse on your acreage property. Even when there’s snow on the ground and the cold wind is howling, it’s always summer in the greenhouse. The controlled climate inside a greenhouse makes it possible to grow garden plants all year long.
Many avid gardeners and property owners have installed a greenhouse to grow their favorite plants—especially homegrown fruits and vegetables—throughout the year. An impressive variety of greenhouse styles, sizes and price points is available. Some lightweight greenhouses can be moved from site to site. Some kits can be built with permanent foundations and foundation walls. And professional-quality greenhouses can be constructed onsite.
The editors at Home, Garden and Homestead have reviewed the attributes of dozens of available backyard greenhouses. Here’s an assortment of greenhouses that can make year-round growing a reality on your property.
A tough RIGA greenhouse for all-weather growing
Designed and engineered in Germany to meet European standards of quality, a RIGA Greenhouse offers the perfect environment for growing plants all year long—even in the coldest days of winter. The standard RIGA has a heavy-duty frame with 8mm and 10mm twin-wall polycarbonate walls, while the professional level RIGA XL boasts thicker profiles with 16mm triple-wall polycarbonate for superior insulation throughout the winter. The thick, UV-coated polycarbonate glazing also provides diffused sunlight to protect plants during hot summers. Automatic roof vents, a wide front Dutch-style door and a rear window provide increased ventilation.
An optional in-ground foundation frame is available to anchor the greenhouse for those who prefer to avoid concrete work. Greenhouses are available in many sizes from 7’8” wide by 7’ long to 9’8” by 17’6”. The larger 14’ wide RIGA XL Greenhouses come in lengths from 16’5” to 29’6”. RIGA Greenhouse kits are available from www.exaco.com, 877-760-8500.
Backyard greenhouses with Gothic Arch performance
If you’re looking for a nice-sized backyard greenhouse with style, or a larger greenhouse for a larger property, consider a Gothic Arch Greenhouse. Why? Well, for starters, a Gothic Arch is one of the strongest architectural shapes known to man.
The heart of a Gothic Arch Greenhouse is the sturdy, energy-efficient arch made of Bald Cypress wood. The hand-crafted structural arches are always at an ideal angle toward the sun. Because of the high profile of the ridge, a Gothic Arch Greenhouse is perfect for growing taller plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers and many tropical trees. In addition, the Gothic Arch design encourages condensation run-off inside the greenhouse, and the design also prevents snow accumulation on the roof.
A backyard greenhouse or homestead greenhouse from Gothic Arch Greenhouses comes with three greenhouse covering options: corrugated polycarbonate, 8 mm twin-wall polycarbonate, and 8 mm triple-wall polycarbonate. Greenhouses are available in five widths—8 feet, 12 feet, 14 feet, 18 feet and 22 feet in four-foot increments in length. Install the greenhouse directly on the ground, or place the structure on a foundation wall to raise the height of the roof. Visit www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com or call 800-531-4769.
A backyard greenhouse kit at a budget price
Kit greenhouses come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. The Glory Premium Class Greenhouse by Palram is elegantly designed to provide ideal conditions for growing all year long. The wide entrance door and greenhouse accessories control the ventilation inside the greenhouse to help maintain optimal temperature and moisture levels.
The tall profile gives lots of headroom and height for large plants. The galvanized, rust-resistant steel perimeter base adds height and structural support. The aluminum frame is powder coated with a dark anthracite finish to ensure years of carefree use. Two sizes are available: 8 x 8 feet and 8 x 12 feet. For more information visit www.burpee.com.
A greenhouse heater for those cold nights
Many greenhouses need a heating boost in the coldest months. BioGreen electric heaters are perfect for providing dependable and affordable heat for greenhouses. The 1,500-watt, 5,118 BTU BioGreen Palma heater easily keeps 120 square feet warm for plants of all types.
This floor-standing heater has a high-circulation fan that helps keep mold from forming on plants. The heater casing is made from stainless steel and engineered in Germany for energy efficiency and years of worry-free use. The BioGreen Palma heater sells for about $119 on Amazon.com. The BioGreen Phoenix heater is designed to heat larger greenhouses. For more information visit www.biogreen-products.com.
Randall D. Schultz a master gardener and the content editor for HomeGardenandHomestead.com. Subscribe to the free Home, Garden and Homestead e-newsletter and receive the free booklet, 15 Garden Hacks that Will Save You Money.