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    Greenhouses are more expensive but can last a lifetime if looked after. They are more stable and can be heated if required.
    Polytunnels are a lot cheaper and you can get a bigger covered growing area than a similarly priced greenhouse. They will need the cover replacing eventually and are more susceptible to wind damage though.

    I personally prefer the stability of a greenhouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snadger View Post
    Greenhouses are more expensive but can last a lifetime if looked after. They are more stable and can be heated if required.
    Polytunnels are a lot cheaper and you can get a bigger covered growing area than a similarly priced greenhouse. They will need the cover replacing eventually and are more susceptible to wind damage though.

    I personally prefer the stability of a greenhouse.
    Thanks Snadger,
    I've got a derelict lean-to on the side of my shed. Most of it has either rotted and collapsed or blown away but it has a solid breeze block base. One of my friends has talked me into rebuilding that as a greenhouse. He's offered to help so I hope he knows what he's doing as I don't...
    So maybe a polytunnel in 2020 but I'm hoping for a home made greenhouse in time for 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lymmguineas View Post
    Thanks Snadger,
    I've got a derelict lean-to on the side of my shed. Most of it has either rotted and collapsed or blown away but it has a solid breeze block base. One of my friends has talked me into rebuilding that as a greenhouse. He's offered to help so I hope he knows what he's doing as I don't...
    So maybe a polytunnel in 2020 but I'm hoping for a home made greenhouse in time for 2019.
    If you can scrounge some double of triple wall polycarbonate from anywhere, its much easier to work with than glass and a lot more durable than polythene - if I'm stuck for glazing I just drill through it and screw it to the support behind - bit of a bodge I know but it gets the job done.

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    I had both on my allotment when I took it over in 2015 and soon realised just how hot a greenhouse gets!!!! Some days I was checking and watering my seedlings twice a day!!!

    For that reason I much prefer polytunnels and hopefully Neil will be able to sort out a new cover for mine in 2019.

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