You Get What You Pay For

The Verdict is In – You Get What You Pay For!

After snow, heavy rain and wind gusts up to 21 mph, I think it’s fair to say that my new, cheap, China made, portable green house has been put to the test.  So what’s my rating based on a scale of  Poor – Fair – Good – Excellent?   Drum rolls!!!  Unfortunately,  I have to give it a “Poor” rating.   I would not recommend this particular green house to anyone.  Absolutely do not get one of these green houses unless you live in an area of the world where it never snows, rains or blows!  This green house was a perfect example of “you get what you pay for”.  It seemed so perfect when I got it, and it fulfilled the criterion I had for my particular needs, but obviously it wasn’t sturdy enough to weather what I would consider normal weather conditions.  If it fails to stand, none of the rest of its features matter.

I originally wrote that this was an easy to build green house for dummies, now I have to say that I feel like a dummy for buying two of them.  At least I have a second one for parts!  Never-the-less, I am not one to give up this easily and retreat in defeat.  I am now in the process of applying some modifications and altercations to the green house to make it sturdier and more able to withstand the elements that were its downfall.  If nothing else, I can use the frame as a model to build my own green house later using stronger materials like PVC pipe.

This is my plan for now:

  1. I will reinforce the joints of the gable poles with fiberglass putty to make them stronger and less likely to bend.
  2. I will reinforce the ceiling with lightweight poles going lengthwise to keep the roof more taught so the rain water will not build a puddle on top.
  3. I will stake the green house into my loose garden soil with deeper stakes that cannot be pulled out by a wind storm.  10 inch tent stakes don’t cut it.
  4. I will also add stability to the green house by putting in 5 ft. high steel poles at each corner and then wrap rope around the green house to secure it even more.
  5. I will tie the inner shelves to the shelf poles with wire.  The tiny green clips are useless.  They pop off at the least amount of shaking.
  6. When the wind blows it moves the plastic a lot, so the ties just rip right out of the plastic leaving a little tear in the seam.  I will not tie the plastic to the poles in the future, but I’ll need to figure something else out to fasten the plastic cover to the bottom corners.

I am just glad I didn’t have any pots filled with soil and seeds in the green house yet.  That would have really made me mad; not so much at the green house, which I should have seen from the start was not a good choice because of its weak frame, but at myself for falling for something that I didn’t take the time to research.  Well, you live and you learn.  I chock this up to experience, and I now have a lot more on which to base my plans for my future green house.  Until then I’ll make this one work somehow, and hopefully I can use it for a couple years after the modifications I make.  Stay tuned!


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