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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:03 pm    Post subject: Aldi mini-greenhouse Reply with quote

Hi all,

I bought and errected one of Aldi's mini-greenhouses last week. I was wondering what people's experience of these are like? I'm planning on starting my hanging basket flowers off in these but I was also going to grow some herbs and some tomato / chili plants in pots also.

Do they retain heat well?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a similar one from Argos and I find it retains heat quite well. Probably not as good as a glass one but I find it good.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, they should retain heat pretty well.
Be thorough in your pegging and/or weighting to the ground though, as they have a habit of taking flight in breezes.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's well pegged down alright! Razz

One of the zips on the door failed - came off the zip track and will not go back on. Evil or Very Mad None left in Aldi so not sure if I'll dismantle the whole thing and bring it back for a refund or else just sow up the offending zip and use the other side for going in and out. I'll prolly go with the latter since I went to a lot of trouble levelling it out and pinning it down well. I suspect the zip problem could well be a common one. The only problem now is trying to keep it from taking off in the wind today Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Kilkelly, was GPI. wrote:
as they have a habit of taking flight in breezes.


Plenty of pegs- the four supplied weren't enough for me... It tipped over yesterday destroying four trays of seedlings and some plants. Think I might put something heavy on the bottom shelf when I re-erect it.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try velcro strip in place of the broken zip
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We got one of these as well, but only erected it at the weekend. Fortunately, it was quite windy, so was well warned about the thing's propensity to take flight. Unfortunately, we wanted to locate it on an area of hard-standing, so no pegging possible. Instead we have braced the lower struts inside with concrete breeze-blocks which (so far) have kept it all upright. If we can lay our hands on a couple of cable-ties, it'll also get secured it to the fence it backs on to.

We also got Aldi's 4-tier greenhouse (see http://offalygoodlife.blogspot.com/2010/02/final-february-sowings.html) which , very conveniently, fits completely inside the Lidl one. The Aldi one is currently being used to provide additional staging but, if both survive until the winter, the plan is to see if the climate of two greenhouses would allow an early start with seed next year.

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