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Friday, May 13, 2011

Great deal on a Greenhouse

The Harbor Freight 10 ft. x 12 ft. greenhouse is nicely affordable. You can't get a store-bought greenhouse of this size for anything close to the $850 Harbor Freight price.

Because it's spring, Harbor Freight has reduced the price on their 10'x12' greenhouse by $50. At my local store, the sale is good through the end of May.

Better yet, you can get an additional 20% off through May 15th (google Harbor Freight coupon).

So if you have the 20% coupon and go to the store, you can pick up a 10'x12' greenhouse for only $640 (plus tax). If you have to have it shipped, tack on $100 S&H.

This greenhouse gets decent reviews. Typical problems can be overcome cheaply. YouTube has numerous videos on "Harbor Freight greenhouse improvements." John at Growing Your Greens gives a nice overview of possible improvements (fast forward to 4:40). An additional idea is sealing the edges of the panels with waterproof aluminum tape.

If you, like me, don't need a greenhouse at the moment, check out the sale price on the 45 watt solar panel kit. It's not as cool as a Solman 135 watt generator, but it's easier on the budget...

15 May update - Found another possible greenhouse option at Home Depot. I'd have to modify my layout to fit the 10 ft. x 10 ft. footprint, but I'm sure I could get it to work. $249 delivered straight to my door is rather attractive (though my community covenants would still prohibit me using this particular product since it's 8 ft. tall ::pout::).


  1. I have been 'improving' my greenhouse by putting insulation on the north wall and ceiling and transparent bubblewrap as insulation on the south and west walls. This is not needed currently but should prove useful when the winter winds start blowing. I would rather put it in now instead of retrofitting after putting in my tanks and pools.

  2. By the way, thanks for the links. I have several of the Harbor Freight solar panels which I plan to use as emergency power in the greenhouse. I also bought a nice little chimenea, a small wood burning heater made of pottery that I can use if the nights are really cold.

  3. Glad this post was helpful - I got a chimenea as well, though I don't currently plan to use it in the greenhouse itself. Used it last night for burning excess branches, then cooked foil dinners in the coals. Fun times!