portable greenhouse

Portable Greenhouse

Jumpstart Spring With a Portable Greenhouse

Greenhouses are becoming more and more popular for home gardeners, many of whom are considering installing or building one. Since full-sized, regular greenhouses can quite be expensive and costly to maintain, it is often impractical for home gardeners to build one.

However, there are new and inexpensive portable greenhouses now available for use in the garden, on a patio, or even on a balcony!  These small greenhouses are ideal for those who want to start their growing season early in the spring and extend it during the fall. They are also great for overwintering hardy crops.

Because these greenhouses are portable, they are lightweight and compact for easy setup, taking down and transporting. Most of these portable greenhouse kits can be set up in 30 minutes or even less. And because they are compact, they can easily be stored in any convenient place –  in the garage or closet in the winter months.

Why use a portable greenhouse?

Just like the traditional ones, these small greenhouses trap heat coming from the sun during the day and retain the heat radiated from the soil during the night. Thus the interior is warm enough for the plants. When a portable greenhouse is closed, it also traps in moisture which helps reduce the frequency of watering the plants inside.

A portable greenhouse is ideal for early seed starting, protecting tender plants from a cold climate, starting perennial seeds in summer, fast rooting of cuttings, and growing different kinds of plants that are not commonly grown in the area. This can also be used to overwinter plants, especially when heated.

Portable greenhouses becoming popular

Gardeners are increasingly interested in these portable greenhouses for a variety of reasons. Most home gardeners don’t really need a greenhouse all year round. Thus, mini and portable greenhouses are ideal for their needs.

For first time gardeners, a portable greenhouse gives the feel of  a real greenhouse before they consider building a  full-sized one. These portables are also inexpensive and less costly to maintain.

Beginner gardeners can have immediately successful gardening experiences. They’ll gain knowledge and confidence without having to spend a lot of money. Also, installation is easy and quick, requiring no special tools or skills.

Mini greenhouses come in different shapes and sizes. They can be small enough to fit only a couple of plant shelves. Others are up to 6 feet tall, with 4 or 5 shelves to hold plants. Even larger ones, some shaped like a dome, can hold or cover many plants.

portable greenhouseLarger portable greenhouses are also on the market. For example,this  Spring Gardener 6 Feet X 8 Feet X 7 Feet gable greenhouse is lightweight and portable even after it’s assembled. You could place directly over top of your garden area to get an early start on the gardening season.

It has a sturdy, rust resistant frame and translucent fabric that is UV protected. This gives this greenhouse a long life. Roll-up windows allow for cross ventilation and climate control, and are equipped with insect netting to help control pests that can damage young plants.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced gardener, having a portable greenhouse may be just the ticket for you.


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