Hobby greenhouses are as practical as they are attractive in your yard. See the most essential accessories and supplies you'll need for the ultimate backyard greenhouse.

By Nicole Bradley
September 26, 2018

You’ve built your own greenhouse kit! Now what? First of all, give yourself a pat on the back. Now, take a look at some ways to give your new greenhouse an upgrade. A few highlights include greenhouse shelving, a vent kit, and a shade cloth. Let’s trick out that greenhouse!

Get It Now: Palram Miniature Greenhouse, $352, Target

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Anchoring a Greenhouse

If you purchase ANY accessory for your greenhouse kit, let it be this one. Anchoring your greenhouse protects it from the wind and other unruly weather conditions. Attach provided hardware to the frame of your greenhouse. Use a rubber mallet to hammer one metal stake into the ground. Use clips to attach your wire to the stake, and bring the wire around the top of your greenhouse, threading through the hardware you assembled onto the frame. Attach the end of the wire to another stake and hammer into the ground on the opposite side of your greenhouse.

Get It Now: Metal Anchor Kit, $70, Target

Greenhouse Shade Cloth

Keep your precious plants safe from sunburn. If your greenhouse is placed in an open area with no trees or buildings around, a shade cloth is crucial for controlling light exposure—it’ll allow for 70% of light to reach your plants. Begin by trimming the shade cloth to size; it should fit the south-facing wall of the greenhouse. Force the provided clips through the top of the fabric and attach to the frame of the roof of the greenhouse. Use a wrench to secure the clips. Trim the bottom of the fabric to fit the height of the side of the greenhouse.

Get It Now: Palram Shade Cloth, $55, Amazon

Auto Vent Kit

Auto vent kits are necessary for proper greenhouse ventilation. The tube that holds the vent up retracts according to the weather to keep the temperature and humidity inside the greenhouse stable. Before assembling your greenhouse auto vent kit, chill the piston rod for 30 minutes. Place the cool steel piston rod against a hard surface. Push it into the power tube. Lift the vent opener of the greenhouse with one hand and slip the threaded steel rod into the plastic-knurled adjusted, which is fixed in the swiveling block.

Get It Now: Palram Automatic Roof Vent Opener, $70, Amazon

Pavers & Gravel Flooring

In our greenhouse, we decided to nix the grass floor and go for something a little more refined. First, we added cedar panels from the door to the back of the greenhouse to serve as a walkway. Cedar is weather-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about the wood rotting in a humid greenhouse. We then added pea gravel around the pavers to fill the rest of the floor space for a clean and polished look.

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Metal Shelving

Every greenhouse could use shelving. We went with simple metal shelves to hold plants, seed trays, pots, or tools—or to function as a workstation. This shelving kit comes with a sweat-free mounting system and fits snugly on the frame of the greenhouse. These particular shelves have a 90 lb weight limit, ideal for holding multiple wet potted plants. UV protection on the shelving enables durability, so they’ll last practically forever.

Get It Now: Heavy Duty Shelf Kit, $44,Target

Drip Irrigation System

Drip irrigation systems make it super easy to water all the plants in your greenhouse (without the hassle of a hose!). This drip irrigation system, which comes with 16 dropper spikes, uses water from the gutters of your greenhouse. A pressure regulator in the mechanism eliminates water contaminants and enables the water to be distributed evenly through all spikes.

Get It Now: Drip Irrigation Accessory Kit, $33, Home Depot

Greenhouse Thermometer

To keep your greenhouse plants looking their best year-round (and not dry, soggy, or even frosty), you'll need to install a thermometer system to keep track of temperature and humidity. This one is easy to use and helpful because, thanks to its remote sensor, you can check the temperature and humidity of your greenhouse from inside your home.

Get It Now: ThermoPro Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer, $18, Amazon


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