The small greenhouse is so pretty this spring. Everything feels fresh and new, especially after the cold winter we had here in Pennsylvania. I haven’t shown you inside because I always feel that it isn’t finished and as pretty as I want. There are still so many things to do inside and out but thought if I don’t share it with you now, it will be summer!
While searching for other small greenhouse tours, I realized that I couldn’t find too many. Maybe I wasn’t using the right keywords or maybe (probably like my post will be) they are on page 20 of Google’s search engine.
Knowing that my inspiration comes from others, and would love to see the inside similar small greenhouses, I have decided to share ours with you.
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We bought the greenhouse in 2015 for Lydia for her birthday. In the past few years, she was really showing a curiosity in plants and we wanted to encourage her more …not to say that her mom wouldn’t take it over if she lost interest! For those of you wondering, she never did lose her attraction towards plants and is now majoring in Environmental Plant Science and working at the Strawberry Lab on her campus.
Deciding where to put the small greenhouse
Our garden and backyard are small and enclosed. When we decided to put a greenhouse here, we wanted to have it in line with my studio and flow comfortably. We only had room for two raised beds beside it but have since added a third by our house. There is also a small herb garden in the front and on the other side I have a few rhubarb plants. All are surrounded with a layer of pea gravel.
The greenhouse is small but it works hard for us
I really pack everything I can in there while trying to maintain some prettiness. It’s not perfect and there are weeds, but I just pull them as I go!
We have a tiny old wood stove that has a generic glass candle inside. I will light it in early spring when the weather dips below 20 degrees. It is just enough heat to take the edge off and keep the little seedlings safe instead of having to move them back in to the house for the night.
You will find many little plants and seedlings here in the spring. There are two old bed side boards for long shelves. Cinderblocks and found wood boxes are used to hold up the shelves and also for storage.
There are many little vintage treasures tucked inside too, like these hand painted birdhouses that I bought at a local estate sale.
Over the past few years, I’ve been experimenting with figs. There are a few planted directly in the ground in here. This has worked so good with their fruit production because of our colder winters. It’s just enough protection for them. Look how pretty they look with the spring pansies and forget-me-nots blooming around them. In the summer I will replace those with hot weather flowers.
If you are curious or interested, our small greenhouse is a Palram Greenhouse. We are extremely happy with it and would buy another in a heartbeat. I also bought the straps to tie it down, but ours seems to be in a protected area with the boxwood hedge surrounding it, so we have not used them and I can’t tell you how well they work. I kept them though, in case we ever decide to move the little greenhouse.
It is a pretty little greenhouse, isn’t it?
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our small backyard greenhouse. If you would like to see other posts about cottage gardening, you can find them here:
- How to Grow Sweet Peas -Spring Garden Planning
- My Garden Shed Studio Tour
- Planting from Seed is Easy!
- A Few of my very Favorite Gardening Books