Winter Harvest Success
What made you get a Planta Greenhouse?
I compared prices, reviews and generally researched the subject fairly well before making the decision. One factor was fairly specific to my location because I was able to save $300 in shipping costs by picking it up myself from a warehouse in Massachusetts.
What competitors did you consider before purchasing from Planta Greenhouses?
I really liked the "Riga" greenhouse that is offered by several retailers, but it was clear that it's not a "kit" and the construction was seemingly more complicated.
Why did you choose to buy from Planta Greenhouses?
As mentioned above, it really was a combination of value, along with the fairly consistently good reviews it has received. Also, I liked the fact that it's being designed and built in Canada. Living in the Catskill mountains, we sometimes get significant snowfalls as well as some extreme temperatures.
What do you grow inside your greenhouse?
There was a whole "winter garden" consisting mostly of greens and a few other hardy vegetables. I was able to harvest food throughout the winter! In about February the veggies really took off! Around March I started some hardy vegetable seeds such as beets, lettuce, etc. directly into the ground. Around the same time, I also started seeds for the summer (and later greenhouse planting) on top of heating mats. In May I pulled most of the remaining winter greens and replaced them with heat-loving vegetables like eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. This is also a time to experiment to see what does well and how much earlier I can get food, so there's a short row of green beans. I planted some garlic in the autumn, it's ready for harvest about 4 weeks earlier than the bulbs growing outside!
How did your Planta Greenhouse improve your gardening experience?
It's an ongoing exercise, but it truly is allowing me to grow and harvest more fresh food year-round. Because I only finished installing it last September, I wasn't able to plant beets, carrots, etc. seeds into the greenhouse bed, but that's definitely part of the plan for this year. I also have a "sitting area" set up inside the greenhouse, where I can just relax on sunny cold weather days and rainy warm weather days!
What was your experience like buying from Planta Greenhouses?
Buying the Planta Greenhouse was totally easy and great. As mentioned, they allowed me to pick it up, thus saving shipping costs. I called customer service several times before making the final commitment and they were great at answering my questions.
What's your favourite thing about the Planta Greenhouse?
I honestly totally love having it. Not only for the food production and early seed starting capability (although honestly, some seeds are better off being started indoors under lights under more consistently warm temperatures), the design is attractive enough to fit in well with our "Victorian farmhouse" home and my general garden design.
What would you say to a person considering purchasing a Planta Greenhouse?
It's a good deal and the ultimate satisfaction and usage should be terrific. Assembly definitely is NOT a 2-person, one-day project. Not only has a reasonably level and square base need to be constructed before, the assembly involves thousands of screws and my whole process took at least 60 manhours. I found it necessary to take inventory of screws and such, as my shipment was missing quite a few, some of which I was able to purchase locally, and others were sent to me, but all this interfered with the assembly. For those living in the States, be ready to have metric wrenches available.