Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:12
I got my first greenhouse (also from greenhouse people) in january. I wanted a wooden frames, and went for a swallow 8x10, i'm thrilled to bits with it.
Things to consider, is it windy where you are? It's windy here which is why i went for toughened glass, rather than normal horticultural glass, or polycarbonate, as the latter is supposed to blow out alot in high winds.
I layed a base of standard 2x2 council pathing slabs, on dry sand/cement mix (as recommended by swallow). The swallow guys then came and delivered and errected the greenhouse, and bolted it down to the slabs. They did a great job, cannot praise them enough.
The auto opening vents are great and i would say a must have, to make things easier. I went for staging down one side, and higher level staging too, which are great for seed trays/plug trays. To give you an idea i don't plan on heating the greenhouse, just using it to overwinter stuff, that i would otherwise put into cold frames, and sowing hardy annuals etc. Then in the summer, tomatos, peppers, chillis, and the like, not tonnes just a half a dozen toms etc. Which will be more than enough for me and my better half.
It's been great fun so far, i've sowed a load of annual flower type plants and brought them on and now planted them out, and also had a go at alot of the "cooler" new vegetables eg cucamelons.. we'll see how they go