Small greenhouses give gardeners the chance to grow their own vegetables and plants all year round, whatever the weather.
Let’s take a look at some small greenhouse ideas and how to choose the best greenhouse for small garden spaces, to help you make the most of the land you have available.
What is a small greenhouse?
There’s no strict definition for a small greenhouse, but in principle it should take up a minimal amount of floor space, making it an ideal greenhouse for small garden areas.
- The Hartley Highgrow with extra headroom per floor area
- The Hartley Lean-To at 7′ 4″ wide and any length
- The Grow and Store Greenhouse with glasshouse and shed elements
A classic example is the Hartley 6 Planthouse. At 6′ 8″ wide by 7′ 8¾” long, it offers head room of over 6′ 3″ and plenty of growing space, with multiple windows that open to give this small greenhouse ventilation options on a par with its bigger siblings.
What are the benefits of buying a small greenhouse?
A small greenhouse is not just a way to save money or get a greenhouse for small gardens. There are plenty more reasons why you might opt for a compact greenhouse. Here are just some of the best reasons to buy a small greenhouse.
You can protect your flowers and plants
Any greenhouse space is better than none. In the depths of winter, putting your most delicate pots and planters in a greenhouse can protect your plants.
Even if you don’t heat the interior, a greenhouse provides essential insulation. In extreme cold weather, it could even help to prevent ceramic and terracotta pots from cracking due to the freeze-thaw effect.
Grow a variety of things all year round
If you’re wondering what to grow in a small greenhouse, the answer is a long list. There are all kinds of plants and vegetables that will thrive in a compact greenhouse space.
Small greenhouse ideas include a complete calendar of growing. You could even find it possible to produce your favourite fruits and vegetables out of season, if you control the environment in your greenhouse well enough.
Allows you to control the environment
Small greenhouse ventilation is often as easy as opening a window, as the smaller interior will benefit more quickly from fresh air coming in.
If you choose to add heaters or coolers, again you can use a smaller capacity unit, while still controlling the environment inside your greenhouse efficiently.
You have freedom with your favourite hobby
If you don’t feel ready to commit to a large greenhouse, then there are plenty of small greenhouse ideas in our Magazine.
We’ll help you to decide what to grow in a small greenhouse and take full advantage of the height of your glasshouse – something gardeners often neglect – so you get the best use not only of the floor area, but of the full volume of your growing space.
It can help you save money
How much does a small greenhouse cost? It depends on the model you choose and the exact size, but for obvious reasons, when you buy small greenhouses, you’re likely to save money.
Lean-to greenhouses can save money by building off of an existing garden wall or side of your house, but a free standing small greenhouse still offers excellent value for money, especially if you buy a small greenhouse with good build quality.
You can become more independent
Grow Your Own is all about independence and self-sufficiency. But you don’t have to grow edible fruits and vegetables for your small greenhouse to help you feel less dependent on others.
Having somewhere to get on with your gardening, whatever the weather, all year round, can be a huge boost to mental health, and a welcome refuge when you’re bored of being in the house.
What to consider when choosing a small greenhouse
Here are our top three things to consider when buying a small greenhouse:
Your choice of frame will not only affect how your greenhouse looks. It can also play a part in how high the roof clearance will be, as well as issues like small greenhouse ventilation.
Lean-to greenhouses offer a half-frame design that butts up against a wall, and this can give you plenty of head room in an even more compact floor space.
Every greenhouse needs a way in, and on small greenhouses it’s worth considering how you want to achieve this.
A conventional swing door will need a certain clearance to swing into. Alternatively, choose a greenhouse with sliding doors, which can open without taking up any additional floor space.
Maximising the glazed area on small greenhouses can help to achieve the best possible growing conditions, so consider our Vista Greenhouse or Vista Skyline Greenhouse, both of which have a curved roof to let in plenty of light.
Remember to check how many of the windows open, as small greenhouse ventilation is a worthwhile addition to your checklist when deciding how to choose a greenhouse.
What small greenhouses do Hartley Botanic have available?
We’ve already mentioned some of our most popular small greenhouses on this page.
Some other frames we haven’t included yet are:
- The half-glass, half-brick Hartley Highgrow Planthouse
- The 10′ wide, area-efficient Tradition 10 Planthouse
- The extra-tall, extra-roomy Hartley Wisley
- The beautifully compact Hartley Cottage Greenhouse
- The traditional Hartley 8×6 Greenhouse
For more small greenhouse ideas, take a look at our small greenhouse range here.