Grow you garden: Take the next step with our walk-in greenhouse guide

Published 23rd June 2022
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Growing your own vegetables is hugely rewarding, and you can easily see the fruits of your labour with a walk-in greenhouse from OnBuy.

But why choose walk-in? Find out everything you need to know about these popular greenhouses here!


What is a walk-in greenhouse?

A walk-in greenhouse is exactly what you’d imagine; a tall structure that allows you to stand inside while tending to your budding plants.

They’re usually smaller than traditional glass, polycarbonate or wooden greenhouses, but are all the more convenient for gardening. 

What can be grown in a walk-in greenhouse?

With a little planning, walk-in greenhouses can be full of crops and flowers all year round!

Some of our seasonal favourites include: 

  • Spring - Salad crops, dill, basil and coriander.
  • Summer - Tomatoes, peppers and aubergines. 
  • Autumn - Lettuce and cabbage leaves.
  • Winter - Geraniums and fuchsia.

The benefits of walk-in greenhouses

From cost to convenience, walk-in greenhouses offer a wealth of benefits to anyone who's interested in gardening and outdoor living

Here are some of the major advantages of walk-in greenhouses:  

  • Cheaper than large polycarbonate greenhouses and polytunnels - Walk-in models are a much cheaper option for those who are keen on growing their own plants and vegetables, particularly if you’re doing it on a relatively small scale. 

  • Ideal for smaller spaces - Standard greenhouses often take up much more room than walk-ins. If you're particularly limited on space, look for plastic walk-in greenhouses

  • Durable - Most walk-in greenhouses come with a powder-coated steel frame, which is resistant to rust and will last longer if left outdoors.

  • Hassle-free assembly - They often require no tools for assembly and should only take minutes to erect.

  • Easy access - The majority of walk-in greenhouses come with roll-up doorways as standard, allowing for easy, convenient access. This means they can be zipped securely in place, which is extremely handy during windy weather conditions.

  • Encourages pollination - The roll-up doorways allow pollinating insects like bees and butterflies to come and go as they please.

What are the different types of walk-in greenhouse?

The beauty of walk-in greenhouses is their versatility - there’s a shape and size to suit virtually any garden and need!

If you have limited room, there's a wealth of smaller greenhouses to choose from. These take up next to no lawn space, are designed to blend with their surroundings and can be located next to a wall, house, fence or shed.

Don’t be fooled by their size; these greenhouses still provide a surprising amount of growing space!

On the other hand, if you have more space available, you could purchase a longer alternative or a walk-in greenhouse with metal shelving. These can support a wide variety of crops; ideal if you're planning to grow on a larger scale.

Learn more about the full range with our comprehensive guide to the different types of greenhouses.


Where’s the best place to set up a walk-in greenhouse?

The fantastic thing about walk-in greenhouses is that they can pretty much be located in any area of your garden, including patios, decking and grass.

With a variety of sizes available, you can also find ones that can be slotted into smaller spaces and placed alongside your house.

Wherever you position your greenhouse, make sure it has:

  • An adequate supply of sunlight - It's best to avoid shady areas.

  • Good access - You need to be able to get into it easily.

  • Stability - Make sure you can peg it or weigh it down in the event of strong winds.

If you’re considering installing a hydroponic system in your greenhouse, you’ll need to pay extra attention to these factors, due to the amount of space it may take up and the location of your water supply.

As all gardens change throughout the year, it’s worth experimenting with different areas to see which spaces are more successful across the varying seasons.

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