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Why buy a greenhouse?

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Eight reasons why a greenhouse will change your life
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You’re pretty sure you want to buy a greenhouse but a certain something is holding you back.

If you’re wondering ‘Do I really need a greenhouse?’ and contemplating another year of just making do, we can help you make up your mind.

Here are eight compelling reasons why you should definitely buy one...

Create your own microclimate

chillis in a greenhouse
Grow exotic varieties in the warmth of your greenhouse
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A greenhouse lets you create your own microclimate, controlling the temperature and humidity you expose your plants to. Whether you want to grow vegetables all year long, cultivate exotic plants, or start seedlings off very early in the season, your greenhouse provides the adaptable growing environment you need. No longer will your growing plans be held up by our crazy climate - with a greenhouse, you can stay ahead of the game, whatever the weather.

Save money

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Save money by growing new plants from seed
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Growing from seed costs a fraction of the price compared to buying established plants. With a greenhouse of your own, you’ll no longer have to fork out hundreds of pounds to refresh your garden. And, when it comes to trying out new varieties, the world is your oyster. A greenhouse gives you the freedom to experiment at a very low cost. And if a friend or neighbour has a variety that you’re keen to try, your new greenhouse will also make propagating cuttings a breeze.

Grow your own all year round

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Grow your own delicious tomatoes
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You don’t need a greenhouse to grow your own fruit and veg, but it certainly helps. Having a greenhouse allows you to grow more crops for longer. You’ll be able to start fruit and veg off earlier in the season and extend harvest time with longer cropping. And there are certain fruit and veg that need the protection of glass to really thrive. You’ll soon discover there’s nothing tastier than your own greenhouse-nurtured tomatoes eaten straight from the vine.

Make money

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Sell surplus produce at your local farmer's market
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With a greenhouse comes abundance. You might choose to make some extra money selling all the excess fruit, veg and cut flowers that you’ll grow. Many people sell their produce at a local farmer’s market or by setting up a stall outside their home. Before you know it, you could soon have your own greenhouse business on the go!

Protect delicate plants

larger greenhouse with tropical plants and palm trees
Protect delicate plants like palms from frost
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It almost goes without saying that a greenhouse keeps delicate plants warm and sheltered in the colder months. It’s the perfect place to house plants such as palms from frost during the winter. And it’s so much more convenient than hauling them all into your porch for the winter where you’ll be tripping over them for months to come.

Grow something exotic

closeup shot of orchids growing
Try your hand at growing orchids in the sanctuary of your greenhouse
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Always fancied growing prize-winning orchids? Or how about propagating your own pineapples? With a greenhouse you can. There are countless exotic and tropical plants that will happily grow in the UK under greenhouse conditions. Some will require greenhouse heaters to keep the temperature consistent throughout the winter, but others will just be glad of the shelter and protection from frost.

Stay healthy and happy

smiling woman standing in front of a greenhouse
Stay happy and healthy thanks to your greenhouse
Image: Natalie Board

If you’re the kind of person who needs to spend lots of time outside and who gets acute cabin fever after too many days indoors, you’ll love owning a greenhouse. It will provide a sheltered, dry spot where you can plant and potter to your heart’s content - whatever the weather. Warm and dry, you’ll be encouraged to spend more time in the sunlight all year long. That’s great news for your bones (Vitamin D) and your mood - alleviating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Make a statement

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Make your greenhouse the beautiful focal point of your garden
Image: Arno Smit from Unsplash

Today, greenhouses are beautiful as well as functional. There’s a huge variety of styles, materials and colours available, so you can choose a greenhouse to suit your garden and taste. And once it’s filled with your very own beautiful, aromatic plants, it will delight the senses even more.

Have you made up your mind to get your own greenhouse? If you’re not sure what’ll suit you best, have a look at our what greenhouse to buy article to see our top recommendations.

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