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I am looking too buy a 8x14ft greenhouse is it better to go for a all glass or a dwarf wall 1 . The interior will be all block paving I am planing to grow in pots and grow bags I don't think it will be heated as I have a lean too that is heated .thanks for any suggestions 



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,995

    What are you intending to grow in there Geof3?

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Geof3Geof3 Posts: 4

     Toms cucumbers,chillies.ect  .maybe loose a few blocks and try a grape vine I've only been at this growing fruit and veg a couple of years so any suggestions will be appreciated  the reason for the size greenhouse I've read you will always find you can fill it and need a larger one .

  • bigolobbigolob Posts: 127

    In my days of a 18x10ft GH (Halls) in which I grew Tropical plants (fabulous) in an area cutting the GH in half (a manageable 9x10ft  with polythene sheeting acting as a door. It was heated to minimum 60 degrees F in winter which was possible as a result of reducing the size until late spring after which the polythene was removed revealing the full size.

    I grew my Toms, bedding plants, rooted cuttings, etc.  in the heated area between January and May before the heating was reduced and then turned off when the temperature maintained the correct degrees. The Toms were then moved in their 18 inch pots into the whole area of the GH for summer and autumn.

    The GH was glass to the ground.

  • Plant itPlant it Posts: 155

    Geoff3 I havent been on the Forum for quite a while.I was browsing and I came upon your paragraph about Greenhouses.Just a small point have you tried looking in your local rags for a giveaway one.Its suprising how many people have ones no longer needed.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 29,156

    I remember Alan Tichmarsh once saying " 2 things in the garden which will never be too big: your greenhouse and your compost bins" I'd certainly agree to that. The problem with small greenhouses , is that they heat up very quickly, but also cool down very quickly: neither of which is good for plants. 8x14 should be ok, but so much depends upon how much sun it will get and how much time you're prepared to spent looking after it ( watering, ventilation, etc), and its contents. Trial and error methinks. Good luck and happy gardening.


  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Hello - it's year number two for me and my greenhouse. Best garden purchase I have made. I got a Robinsons. After doing a lot of research, it was always going to be a stand alone one and it was either going to be a robinsons, halls or a rhino for me.  Ended up getting an absolute bargain off ebay; a nearly new robinsons. The costly bit was paying someone to dismantle, collect and install in my garden, not to mention getting the right surface down to put it on. But it has been a dream though. I'd was worried about mould and damp with a lean to one, probably unnecessarily so though.

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    ....couldn't agree with you more Brumbull. Especially useful for tea drinking, biscuit dunking and radio listening in tooimage

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    I spent all last weekend giving it a good clean. The glass is now sparkling and I'm ready to get stuck in with my pottering! 

  • Geof3Geof3 Posts: 4

    Thanks Some great ideas my ,I hadn't thought about looking for second hand 1 .my builders not back till March so that gives me time to Have a good look round .  

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