Having a hobby greenhouse in your garden is the perfect way to take gardening to a next level. If you want to grow veggies, fruits, herbs, and flowers year-round, there is almost no other solution than purchasing a greenhouse kit. Some people may want to build their greenhouse on their own and others rather take the advantage of a greenhouse kit that comes with everything you need.
What is a greenhouse kit?
A greenhouse kit is a ready-to-assemble hobby greenhouse. It comes with all necessary parts in order for the owner to assemble a greenhouse. There are all kinds of different styles, sizes, and price ranges of greenhouse kits.
A greenhouse kit can give a well-built, warm atmosphere where plants can be grown all year round. It is one of the most valuable investments you can get. It’s an excellent means to produce crops and fresh plants in your own garden no matter the weather or season, and it will bring lots of pleasure for years to come.
It has become much more affordable lately because of modern materials which lower the cost and increase the lifespan of state-of-the-art greenhouses. Manufacturers have responded to these improvements by designing a wide variation of new greenhouses of all measurements and fashions and in a wide range of price.
Benefits of buying a greenhouse kit instead of building do-it-yourself greenhouses
- Get an easy start into greenhouse gardening, homesteading, or self-sufficiency
- Easier to assemble because all pieces are included (instructions and videos help you set it up hassle-free)
- Peace of mind: Almost no planning needed because the greenhouse kit contains all you need
- Ships right to your door: No drive to the store necessary
- Manufacturers have years of experience in building products that are optimized to grow plants efficiently
- Warranty: If you build your own greenhouse you don't have a warranty
- Accessories are often included (see below)
- Variety of greenhouse structures for every taste
- You will always have a go-to person if you have questions
- Some kits are expandable if you need more space later on
Important things to consider before buying a hobby greenhouse
When constructing a greenhouse, you need to ensure that it fits your region. For instance, if you frequently get heavy snow, it is wise to buy a kit that is exceptionally strong and heavy-duty. One more concern with snowy weather is heat loss. If you intend to use the greenhouse year-round, it will be essential to prefer insulated framing and insulated greenhouse covering materials that will help maintain the warmth. In desert areas, on the other hand, you have to make sure that you provide enough shade, water, and ventilation. Therefore, when picking the right greenhouse kit, you have to think about the quality of the frame and accessories that come with it. Find more information in our Greenhouse Guide!
Types of greenhouse kits
Stand-alone greenhouses let you set them anywhere you want on your available space as long as the position is level and receives plenty of daylight. Some freestanding greenhouse kits are even portable. We offer a variety of frame structures that are freestanding, for example, conventional greenhouses, arch-shaped, geodesic domes, and more!
The huge benefit with an attached or lean-to greenhouse is that you don’t need to organize all four walls. You will have at least one weight-bearing wall in place. These arrangements are often less costly than other designs and are suitable for planting herbs, seedlings, and some vegetables in small areas. Check out our lean-to greenhouses here!
Although cold frames are technically no greenhouses, they could be referred to as mini greenhouse kits that get you started with the greenhouse gardening. They are small and usually used as season starters or extenders. Find our cold frames here!
When you buy a greenhouse, take into consideration what accessories come with the kit or which one you need. Often greenhouse kits come with benches, vents (with openers), a door and base frame. Make sure that you get everything you need to start at the first purchase because it generally is cheaper than buying accessories later on.
Here are some more accessories that you can add to your hobby greenhouse: