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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 12:49 am 
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Hello! At the beginning, I would like to say that I am so glad to be here! I just joined this forum and I hope that I will find here some useful tips and of course inspirations. Maybe some of you are interested in gardening? I am asking, because I would like to have my own greenhouse, but I don't know if it is better to buy it or maybe to do it on my own. Have you tried it? If yes, I am waiting for your photos, or if not - for some tips which option is better.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 12:55 am 
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heeelllooo and welcome panel123 in general if you have to ask its cheaper to buy :lol:
in other words they can make and sell it cheaper than you can buy the materials even iff you have every tool required to make the item
yes if you make it yourself you would engineer it better to last longer and be stronger but at general perhaps 20-50% more expensive than a ready made item

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Making your own greenhouse could certainly be a challenge! I used to think it would be quite complex, bearing in mind how a traditional timber framed greenhouse is made - but then I saw one that a near neighbour made from softwood, plywood and plastic sheeting which works fine for her. I know she found the plans on the Internet, and a quick search led me to the Epic Gardening website which has a very similar design to hers and which cost under £150:

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Interesting site, I particularly like the ventilated wood framed greenhouse:

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which looks doable in a weekend with a fairly basic toolkit

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Glass or perspex, buy it, polythene covered frame or polytunnel, build it yourself.


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Poly tunnels seem to be all the rage recently and very easy to build/manage.

About 8 years ago I purchased a bolt-together metal greenhouse - never again! It was a nightmare to get square! and a jigsaw like you wouldn't believe... :sad:

If you have a south-facing wall and the space along it, a lean-to is a good, easy place to start 'greenhousing'.

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Trampoline frames make great hoops to cover in polythene to make a big tunnel. Loads of trampolines get scrapped and if you keep your eyes and ears open, there are loads available.

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kellys_eye wrote:
Poly tunnels seem to be all the rage recently and very easy to build/manage.

About 8 years ago I purchased a bolt-together metal greenhouse - never again! It was a nightmare to get square! and a jigsaw like you wouldn't believe... :sad:

If you have a south-facing wall and the space along it, a lean-to is a good, easy place to start 'greenhousing'.


Reminds me of one of my greenhouses. It's aluminium and second hand . My father had dismantled it and had "labelled" the parts and the glass. His labelling let a little to be desired though as there were parts with simply LH or RH written on them :scratch:
I have a wooden greenhouse too. This came free again when someone called me to see if I would dismantle and take away their old one . Actually better than free as I got paid to take it away but after a little repair it was put back into use.
Your mention of a lean to isa good one too . Greenhouses were traditionally built like that , against a wall which acts as a heat sink and keeps the greenhouse warm through the night.


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Have a look on some local sales sites, quite often people giving away greenhouses.

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