We have had our greenhouse for about 7 years. Living on the northern shore of Lake Michigan, we experience tremendous winds but the greenhouse is sturdy as a rock! We use it for growing from Late March-November. I start lettuce mix as soon as the soil in the raised bed is workable. Within just a few weeks I have a crop of young plants that taste like summer.
I begin tomato seeds in my home using a lighting system. Typically, I can put tomato/squash plants on benches in the greenhouse by the end of April (with expected planting on June 1). I put covers on the tomatoes if temperatures are freezing at night and use a small space heater with fan to provide enough warmth to keep the plants healthy. Once the days are longer and a bit warmer, I put cucumbers and tomato plants into the raised bed. This allows an early start on fruit and also provides a much longer season. I actually was harvesting delicious tomatoes into late October from the greenhouse plants. (I have attached a picture from mid-summer. As you can see, the vents and windows are open for ventilation during the heat of the day)
One of the best features is dispersion of lighting. Plants sitting on the floor under benches laden with pots still receive adequate lighting for growth. It allows me to really pack in the greenery!
St. Ignace, MI
As an avid gardener I have owned an 8 X 8 X 15 foot Gardener Model Simply Solar Greenhouse for nearly 8 years. Before purchasing this particular greenhouse I researched for nearly a year the many greenhouses available on the market and this greenhouse’s structure is superior to competitive units from the world around. And it is guaranteed for ten (10) years! To the experienced gardener and observer our greenhouse barely looks used-even with Michigan’s severe winters it wears like rust-proof iron.
My wife and I have actively used the greenhouse since it was delivered and installed. We use it to start our seedlings for our over 30 gardens. It is amazing how many different plants and vegetables have been successfully started and grown in this quality greenhouse. For example, we successfully grow kale – our favorite green vegetable – during the very hot summer months. Given its very efficient solar powered vents, which open automatically as needed, the kale thrives and gives us a continuous and delicious crop for 6 to 8 months a year. I could go on for hours about the quality features this greenhouse possesses. We love to show off our greenhouse!
Caro Garden Club
I’ve had different types of greenhouses through the years but unlike the rest, I can already tell this one is durable and will be long-lasting. It makes gardening so enjoyable for me. I wrapped up my growing season after Thanksgiving when I finished harvesting the rest of my herbs. Everything germinated well inside and I was able to transplant outside so my garden was full and abundant this year. I kept a few tomatoes, beans and pepper plants inside all summer and they did very well. I especially love the solar vents. I have them set to open at about 74’ and even when I couldn’t get out to open my windows in time, the automatic vents kept the greenhouse from over-heating. I love my greenhouse and can’t wait to get started again in the spring.
Look at my wintered greens! I bought one of your row covers/cold frames last year at the Mother Earth News Fair and look at my beautiful greens this morning. The temps got down to 3′ below zero this winter. I see you will be at the Fair this year and may ask you to bring me another one. I didn’t know how well it would work when I bought it but it was my only purchase at the Fair and turned out to be a wise one!
Had some low 20’s at night. Black barrels filled with water and covered up plants seem to be fine, no electric heater! Thanks for your help. She’s having lots of fun. Should have done it years ago!