If you’re like us here at Gazebo Jungle then we’re sure you’re fed up with all of the scaremongering about the U.K running out of fresh fruit and vegetables due to Brexit.
Well, it may be true, but why not take advantage of the situation and buy a mini greenhouse, potato grow bags if you’re a newbie or wooden veggie planters to can grow your own.
You won’t be able to produce your annual supply of fruit and veg in a small greenhouse, grow bags or planters but you can start saving some money by growing your own crops.
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- 1 Palram Harmony Greenhouse 6x4ft Review
- 2 Harbour Housewares 6x4ft Greenhouse with Shelves Review
- 3 Garden Grow Rustproof Polycarbonate Greenhouse Review
- 4 Gardenmate 30L Potato Grow Bag / Plant Pot Reviews
Palram Harmony Greenhouse 6x4ft Review
Firstly, don’t worry if this 6x6ft greenhouse is not the size that you require because this model is available in 5 different sizes as you can see in the title above and two different colours, green and silver.
In this instance I’ll be reviewing the 6x6ft version as personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for square greenhouses. Let’s go, first up is the colour…
I do prefer this green version of the product as the darker colour will hide any scratches or scuff marks. Whilst we’re on the subject of scuffs and scratches.
This product is kept outdoors and has a rust-resistant coating, however, the frame will last much longer if you try to prevent scratches as this will reduce the effectiveness of the powder coating.
You’ll also be pleased to know that once it’s been built that it is maintenance-free and you can enjoy growing your spring to autumn crops inside it.
You will receive everything you need to build the 6x6ft greenhouse in the image above.
- Clear Polycarbonate glazing panels
- 1 x Rust resistant aluminium frame
- 1 x 1 Manual Vent
- 1 x Gutters
- 1 x Hinged door
- 1 x Base
- 1 x Step-by-step assembly instructions
Pros and cons
- Easy to assemble
- Good value for money
- Ideal for allotments or garden
- Responsive suppliers
- Polycarbonate panels let in lots of light
- Hinged door and not a sliding one
Once unpacked and handled, the polycarbonate panels (windows, etc) feel quite flimsy to the touch but once they have been fitted into the frame they are extremely strong and a good fit.
Polycarbonate panels have often been described as being unbreakable.
This greenhouse can be used on a variety of firm, level surfaces.
However, you must ensure that if you place it on a softer surface then it must be securely anchored down to ensure that it isn’t blown away as it is very light.
The polycarbonate glazing panels provide 100% UV protection (ultraviolet rays).
This may be unknown to you but this will prevent the panels from turning yellow and as they don’t have sharp edges this means they will prevent cuts when fitting them.
This greenhouse measures 6x6ft, which is a great size for those looking for the best greenhouse for first-timers growing their own vegetables.
- External dimensions: 250Lx185Wx209H cm
- Growing area: 4.4m²
- Peak Height: 209cm
- Wind load: 75km/hr
- Snow load: 100kg/m2
- Colours: Silver, green, blue
- Warranty: 5 Years
The walk-in height also ensures that most people do not have to bend to enter and can walk freely inside too.
Gutter – There is a built-in gutter that helps to channel and collect rainwater
Vent – There is a window that has been added that ensures that you can add extra ventilation should you require it.
Harbour Housewares 6x4ft Greenhouse with Shelves Review
This harbour housewares temporary greenhouse is ideal for growing your own vegetables at home.
It’s very easy to build and can be constructed in about 10 minutes by 2 people, especially as the instructions are easy to follow too.
To the front of the greenhouse, you have a walk-in height of 1.96m with a rollable door that can be rolled up and clipped with 2 secure fasteners that hold it tight.
To the rear, there is a ventilation window that has velcro attachments and can be tied up with the cord that is attached to the cover
Should you click the image above to view this item on Amazon then here’s what will be delivered to your chosen address.
- Tubular steel framework
- Polyethene cover
- 8 metal shelves
- Instructions provided
The cover also consists of a roll-up door that can be clipped up and also has a ventilation window.
Pros and cons
- Retains upto 40% more heat than glass
- Walk in height 1.96metres
- Easy to Assemble
- Sturdy tubular frame
- Cover will degrade over time
Easy to Build
Constructing this Harbour greenhouse is simple and the instructions are very easy to follow (can be built without using instructions).
The tubular frame is very easy to fit together and the cover just slots over the top of the greenhouse and can be placed over the top of the frame even before you attach the frame legs.
No tools are required to build this product…
The 8 shelves provide plenty of room to place your plants or vegetables away from the ground. The wire shelves fit perfect and just slot over the frame.
There is also room underneath the shelves and also in the walk-in area should you require extra growing room for additional crops.
For most people buying this walk-in greenhouse, they will be able to comfortably walk straight in without crouching as the max head height is just short of 2 metres (1.96m/196cm).
Garden Grow Rustproof Polycarbonate Greenhouse Review
This great looking 6x4ft polycarbonate greenhouse is ideal for those of you wanting to grow you own vegetables and fruit on your own property.
The frame is very strong which gives you added reassurance that it can stand up to bad weather, whilst it has also been painted with a protective coating to prevent rust and corrosion.
The sliding door utilises space and with it sliding sideways it ensures that it cannot be blown shut that could possibly lead to potential damage of the frame.
The twin UV polycarbonate panels that slot into the frame are a great alternative to glass and provide excellent heat retention and diffuses even sunlight.
Polycarbonate is a popular garden material >> See these Polycarbonate Gazebos
Gardenmate 30L Potato Grow Bag / Plant Pot Reviews
Grow bags are a great alternative to buying mini greenhouses or planters as they can be placed pretty much anywhere and are loads cheaper.
Testing with 1 grow bag will mean you only have to purchase enough compost to fill your first bag, so, once you get your head around growing produce at home you’ll soon get the other 2 out.
You can also buy compost from Amazon too in varying sizes Below we normally highlight exactly what you will receive, however, in this case, we’ve told you already…
Pros and cons
- Non-breakable from frost or if dropped
- Reinforced seams and stitched corners
- No assembly
- Very strong handles
- Ideal for tomatoes
- Soft sided
- High Insect and disease resistance
- Easy to lift & carry
- Smaller than expected (try buying 60litre instead)
Soft-sided plant pots
It may not be obvious but the soft-sided material bags provide an environment for better aeration and promote healthy root structures.
This will benefit your crop by ensuring they grow better by aiding nutrition absorption by the roots.
The bags are porous which means they have very small interstices (very small spaces) which provide adequate and controlled drainage, whilst ensuring that air can circulate around the bag.
Overwatering can often fast track disease and death of your crops whilst poor air circulation can hinder growth, therefore you will not have this problem if you buy this bag…
Easy to use
These bags are easy to use which means as the first time, novice gardeners you can learn very quickly what it takes to grow your first crop and then maybe one day you’ll venture into buying a mini greenhouse or maybe a polytunnel.
Also, once you have harvested your crop you can empty the compost into your garden and reuse the bags at a later date simply by folding them and storing them away.