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Should I buy a small greenhouse?

Asked by JLeslie (47091 points ) May 24th, 2011

I want to grow some garden vegetables and fruits. I have a lot of animals on my property. Deer, turtles, rabbits, mice, moles, racoons, snakes, and who knows what else. I was thinking maybe purchase a small greenhouse type of thing, and have the plants in pots possibly, not the ground, only because I am guessing animals might come through the ground. All the plants need full sun I think.

Do any of you have experience with a small greenhouse? Can you recommend one? Not very expensive. Easily portable.

Otherwise maybe suggest an alternative like fencing? I just can’t imagine a fence around the garden would be enough, unless it was very tall. I am just thinking a few basil plants, cilantro, tomatoes, green beans, and some peppers. I just want it to be a fun project.

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Cruiser's avatar

I faced that same problem this spring. I have 2’ tall fence that was already there that I backed up by a 4’ tall fence that I am hoping will keep most critters out. 3 weeks into it all veggies are intact. By now the rabbits would have attacked the lettuce. Come to think of it I have not seen a rabbit yet. Lots of Coyotes though.

JLeslie's avatar

I am terrified of the coyotes. Are you saying the coyotes seem attracted to the garden?

incendiary_dan's avatar

Use barriers, scents, and some sort of distracting bait. For example, putting out bird feeders will probably distract squirrels well enough to keep them from digging up sprouts. Hot sauce diluted in your watering can will repel a lot of animals. Many organic gardening places sell garlic oil spray to deter deer.

crisw's avatar

@JLeslie

I think she’s saying the coyotes are eating the rabbits. When you garden, coyotes are your friends!

Most coyotes have 2-month old pups to feed right now; woe betide the unwary bunny!

Aster's avatar

I had one and sold it. But it was because it was too shaded so nothing grew. Plus, people use a heater all winter in them , which it came with, and that is very expensive.
If you buy a very small one and put it in sunlight you might enjoy it. I say small because of the heating factor.

creative1's avatar

My mother has this the 12×8 Greenhouse but there is a 6×8 that is less here but you would need a heat source if you plan to keep it running year round. She uses hers primarily for starting her summer plants early since we live in New England. We put it together and it really was a job putting it together.

JLeslie's avatar

@creative1 Thanks for the link. I had not thought to look up Meijer, since we don’t have them in TN. I had glanced at Lowe’s before asking the question. I am not tryng to extend the season, just protect the garden.

Cruiser's avatar

No @JLeslie I am saying the coyotes apparently are attracted to the rabbits. May be related not sure.

creative1's avatar

@JLeslie Oh then they have some of these raised beds where you can put a greenhouse top on them, page through the link they are there. Those are my favorites and thinking of getting one when I get a townhouse.

JLeslie's avatar

How come the plants don’t sufficate? Is it because they are exposed to the earth below? And, is there such a thing as a screened “greenhouse” that would protect the plants but not affect the temperature inside?

crisw's avatar

@JLeslie

Most greenhouses have provisions for ventilation. Yes, there are screened enclosures for plants; they are usually called screen houses.

JLeslie's avatar

Thanks :). It’s all kind of new to me. My green beans are sprouting!! I am going to Home depot today to see if they have anything in store. If you are my facebook friend you can see the photo.

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