Budget polycarbonate greenhouses: ± 300 to 600 euro
Here we start talking about beautiful-looking conservatories made of polycarbonate (often 3 to 4 mm) or ordinary horticultural glass.
Even though we offer some of these models ourselves, we absolutely do not recommend the above types of conservatories! Certainly not if the greenhouse is open and exposed to the wind. The experience of various gardeners who have installed such greenhouses teaches us that the panels are simply blown away in stormy weather or the entire frame even collapses. Everything must therefore be separately secured against the wind and it is best to attach reinforcements yourself. Experience has taught us that cheap is actually expensive. We think the price is too high for what you get in return.
The theme of those cheap (tunnel) greenhouses can also be placed in the current climate theme. Many gardeners are ecologists, so we also like to look at this from an ecological point of view. So what do you choose:
- A cheap (tunnel) conservatory that lasts only a few years = disposable culture
- A more expensive (tunnel) conservatory that lasts a lifetime (although you will have to replace the tunnel conservatory foil every ± 10 years). Perhaps it is also important to consider this factor?!
I am convinced that a more expensive (tunnel) greenhouse is the cheapest, best and most environmentally friendly solution in the long run if you are a real garden lover! Unfortunately, this quickly leads to amounts of 1000 euros or more. For the critical customers who think that we only recommend more expensive greenhouses because we would earn more on them: this is not true! The margins on the cheap greenhouses are double to triple those of the quality greenhouses. Unfortunately, so are the problems that the cheap versions bring with them. We only recommend the cheapest versions to people who are not sure whether vegetable gardening is something for them and want to give it a try.
A video I found on the internet of someone putting the sum to the test: