If you’ve been growing your own fruit and vegetables and are looking for ways to expand your harvest, you need to consider the best type of glasshouse for your garden, which can depend on many different factors. There are a few considerations you should consider when choosing yours.
● Freestanding greenhouses can be placed anywhere in your garden and allow light in from all sides.
● Lean-to greenhouses are smaller and are placed against a wall or fence, however this means they get less sun.
● Polytunnels are made from steel hoops and covered with a clear plastic. A cheaper option, polytunnels aren't as aesthetically pleasing as a glasshouse but certainly get the job done just as well.
● Aluminium glasshouses don't rust in comparison to a wooden option and can be disassembled and moved easily if needed.
● Wooden frames can be more expensive but will provide a more traditional look to most gardens and generally keeps in more heat than aluminium.
When it comes to choice of glass, a polycarbonate greenhouse would be ideal if there are children running around incase of injury. This type of glazing is shatterproof, however if you live in a particularly windy location, we would recommend toughened glass to prevent it blowing out of the frame in extreme weather. In any other circumstances, horticulture glass is fine.