DIY Garden Project: Lowe’s Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Earlier this spring we partnered with Lowe’s Home Improvement on a new 8’ x 6’ Palram Metal Polycarbonate Greenhouse for the corner of our property, because we wanted to take our gardening to the next level.

My husband and I enjoy gardening, but he really is the master gardener. I think the earth–the living stuff of life, purpose, beauty, and love—the ground beneath his feet, centers and brings him back to nature and his walk with God. Even though you are tired, dirty, shoes full of mud, fingernails lined with dirt, you still come back to the fact that there is something that the garden teaches you about life.

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

We also find gardening pleasurable (when it’s not too hot outside), and for my RE readers here who get to enjoy the photos I share, our friends who come for dinner–all get to benefit from a beautiful yard.

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

A greenhouse would primarily mean we’d be starting our own vegetable plants, and possibly branching out, and doing more ornamental flowers in the future.

We dreamed of a greenhouse with a pea gravel bottom, loving the aesthetics and the crunchy sound under foot, and now our dream came true.

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

8 features and facts:

1. Pea gravel: Dirt falls to ground, much easier to clean up.

2. Focal point: We were looking for an attractive focal point in the corner of our yard.

3. Great price: Relative to what you get, this 8×6 greenhouse is remarkable for the amount of starts that you can plant, to feed a family of 5.

4. Save money: We’ll be saving money by growing our own starts.

5. Easy instructions: Came with very straightforward instructions; one person can put most of it together (may need another set of hands in a few steps).

6. Set up: We learned to set the greenhouse up on level ground, then move it over to the designated area. It has an easy frame assembly with SmartLock connectors and pre-assembled doors and windows.

7. Very happy with the craftsmanship of the product. Arrives in 2 small boxes.

8. Crystal clear with unbreakable polycarbonate panels allow over 90% light transmission.

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Out with the old.

We started by taking down the old greenhouse that we had for years and clearing the area. This was a sentimental experience, because my husband had put this greenhouse together with his father about 15 years ago, on our old property, but it since has torn and was literally falling apart.

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Assemblying.

We then built a pad with pressure treated 2×4’s and 4×4’s, and added pea gravel to the space.

We made sure to put enough dirt in the 4 corners, so the stakes would go into the dirt and not the pea gravel.

Haggis and Filly approved – our pets are always hanging out with us in the yard when something new is happening!

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

The inside.

We picked up new shelves a tin garbage can for NEW potting soil. We really recommend potting soil for the starters because it’s easy to use, and the smell from the peat moss is awesome!

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Drip system and ventilation.

Put the greenhouse in a place where there is already water available. We’ll eventually be hooking up a drip system. That way we won’t be spraying the walls of the greenhouse (with a hose).

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

You can vent the greenhouse 2 ways, depending on how much heat is produced inside, and how you want to cool it down. Window on top, window in the door.

DIY Garden Project: Lowe's Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse

From greenhouse, to garden, to table.

Our goal is to keep it as clean as we can.

And eventually have enough starts to put into the garden area, grow our produce, then harvest for a delicious meal to share with family and friends!

There is nothing quite like a meal that is served from our own garden.

Guests love the story behind the recipes, and we all benefit from the nutritional value and knowing exactly where the food has come from!

From greenhouse, to garden, to table.

What 3 types of starts would you grow if you had a greenhouse?

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement, who provided us with the product.

9 comments on “DIY Garden Project: Lowe’s Home Improvement Polycarbonate Greenhouse”

  1. I am so jealous of your greenhouse space. I’ve been gazing at them for months now, wishing we had one to host our starts. Instead they occupy the dining room. The greenhouse is lovely. It reminds me of the upcycled ones I’ve had my eye on made from old windows. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  2. I really enjoyed your post and comments on this Lowe’s greenhouse. I am not physically able to get out and do a project like this. But, I so appreciate being able to enjoy (and envy) reading about yours. Thank you and God bless.

  3. Just when I thought your backyard couldn’t get any cooler….WOW!!! Like, wow. I need to come visit to check out this greenhouse in person. ;)

  4. I have to say… I really, really LOVE this! It’s exactly what we need in our environment… where deer and squirrels eat EVERYTHING! So neat!

  5. I love a greenhouse! I am pinning this for later!

  6. Collards Kale, and tomatoes, sweet peppers to start!

  7. So fun! I’d love to have one!

  8. Cucumbers, carrots, and strawberries! Really, I think I’d like an orchard of various fruit trees!

  9. The greenhouse looks great and is the perfect size. I’d love to have one. If I did I’d try growing lettuce, maybe some herbs like rosemary and basil, and some different types of tomatoes. Wishing you much fun and enjoyment with the new greenhouse.

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