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Portable greenhouses can be perfect for certain garden crops.
Although mini greenhouses aren’t as useful as a larger greenhouse, they still have some great benefits to your gardening.
There are two kinds of portable greenhouses:
- Ones that have shelves & a frame that you can grow inside or outside
- Small tunnel frames that use greenhouse plastic that go over garden beds
This post will show you both how to use these portable greenhouses & what crops are the best
The main reason we use our portable greenhouses are for seed starting & transplanting seedlings into the garden.
Because mini greenhouses don’t offer much height, there are certain crops that you won’t be able to grow in them.
Crops that need more height such tomatoes or full grown peppers will need more space, but I use the portable hoop tunnel greenhouses to protect seedlings in the spring.
Below you can see a low tunnel we built with pvc pipes and greenhouse plastic to give it enough height to grow peppers under
Protecting seedlings from harsh weather elements in the spring gives them a better chance to grow & mature
This is especially true in short season climates where snow can happen late spring!
We use mini greenhouse inside for seed starting
I shared our indoor gardening set up in this blog post.
If you really want to protect seedlings in the spring, grow your own transplants from seed, grow shorter crops like herbs or shorter flowers then mini portable greenhouses are perfect to add to your gardening.
Do you use portable greenhouses in your garden?
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.