Many people would like to grow plants and vegetables, and even flowers, but the lack of space in their homes is an obstacle. A traditional, large greenhouse is out of the question.
But what if you could benefit from a product made specifically for small spaces, like your balcony? Yes, that’s totally possible now thanks to Gardman’s innovative greenhouse.
In the following, I will put the Gardman R687 to the test and see whether or not this would be as great a purchase as it looks at first glance.
Introducing The Gardman R687 Mini Greenhouse
As the name says it, this Gardman product is a miniature greenhouse designed to be assembled in rather narrow spaces. And it does live up to its name. This stylish greenhouse is vertical, similar to a closet, and has four tiers.
Coming at a little under $40, it is also one of the most affordable greenhouses on the market. And what you’ll get for the price is:
- Polyethylene cover
- Zippered door
- Tubular steel frame
- Measurements: 27 x 18 x 63 inches
- 4 shelves (18” each)
- Stakes and ropes (for anchoring)
Not bad at all, if you ask me. There are greenhouses that cost thrice as much and don’t have tubular steel frames, for example. This stylish, tiny greenhouse is already worth every dime.
Due to its size, you can install this greenhouse not only on your lawn or backyard but in your house, too. If you’ve got an enclosed balcony, it will fit there like a glove. It would look good on a patio, as well.
In spite of the fact that it seems so tiny, the 4 shelves are actually quite deep (18”, remember?), so they can hold quite a volume of vegetables. The front flap provides quick and easy access to the greenhouse.
While other greenhouses may be a nightmare to assemble, this can be put together by a 5-year old without too much hassle. This is probably another reason why this was bought by so many people.
Personally, I like to take care of things I buy, in the sense that I always look for ways to “upgrade” them. This leaves a lot of room for this hobby of mine, and you wouldn’t believe how amazing it is after I’ve worked a little on it. You can do it too.
Pro tip: Tie the racks/shelves to the rods to add some extra security. They may be a little unstable.
What Others Say
Positive reviews have been pouring in since this product hit the market for the first time. As you might expect, it was praised to the sky and back by those for whom space was an issue.
A minor – and widespread – comment was that the racks are not very stable, especially if they were damaged during shipping. That’s why I recommended tying them down to the rods.
Others have said that the low bottom shelf gets little to no sunlight. That is partially true, but can be corrected with an electric heater.
People love how sturdy it is for such a low price. The number of negative testimonials, thus, pales in comparison to the number of praising ones.
What We Like
First and foremost, we like its feasibility. It’s not much larger than a small library, which enables it to be installed indoors. The price, too, is a huge perk. We’ve already seen the specs, and if those don’t make this a fantastic deal, nothing will.
Everything on this tiny greenhouse was made with top-notch materials. The cover, for instance, is polyethylene and accounts for the fact that it’s incredibly thick. If you’re working with heaters, there’s no way heat will be able to get out.
Another pro tip: With minimal tweaking, this can accommodate 2 trays on each rack. This will double the space inside by providing a total of 8 shelves. This piece of advice could be of a particular interest to those who grow small plants (spices).
What We Don’t Like
At the moment, I have no complaints about the Gardman Mini Greenhouse. It is exceptional value for the unbelievable price I paid for it.
The quality of the materials is superior, it enables you to do tweaking that boosts its functionality, and I have yet to see a greenhouse that assembles easier than this.
Honestly, there’s nothing I could say against this wonderful greenhouse as of yet. I know many people will beg to differ, but I stick to my opinion. If you had any problems with yours, please let us know.
After doing some research, I concluded that in some places, this same product sells for double the price it sells on Amazon, straight from the manufacturer. As if that wasn’t enough, you also have to pay for the shipping.
I don’t know about you, but that’s not my definition of a good deal. Here are three advantages you’ll benefit from by getting it from Amazon: eligibility for Amazon Prime, free shipping, and non-altered price.
It is quite difficult to believe that you get free shipping for a product that comes for less than 40 bucks, but it’s true. I was surprised, too.
Putting the price and the quality in contrast, we realize that this is one of the very best deals you can make. Believe me; it’s not as tiny as it looks in the photo, nor as flimsy. You get more than the advertisement says.
This will serve you well for years to come, and you won’t need to tend for it day in, day out. This is nothing short of a godsend for people who struggle with lack of space, as well as with a lack of money.
Gardman tore through the market with this product, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it overran tens of other brands. Highly recommended for those shopping on a budget and with limited space in their houses.