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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Rhino Premium Greenhouse Review

So the greenhouse has arrived! It came a week ago last Wednesday and work to get it together started straight away. Andy and Scott got the outside frame up straight away and then I made the door and windows during the day on Thursday ready for them to do the roof and start glazing when they got home from work!

Delivery was pretty good, the driver was really good and didn't mind banter with our crazy neighbour. They state up to 6 weeks delivery time on their website. Mine was well within that, only taking 3 and a half! Apparently we are the youngest people he's delivered to.



The main construction didn't take too long but I think it helped that Andy had already done his a few months ago. The instructions were really clear and easy to read and all of the parts (loads of them!!!) are clearly labelled. We had loads of spare rubber seal, nut and bolts too. It seemed that the instructions had been updates from a few months back too as Andy complained that it didn't tell you to add extra bolts etc. if you have integral staging or other accessories - it does tell you too though in our instructions! It also came with a DVD but I have to admit we didn't bother watching it. Also, I found the QR codes on some of the pages useful as they linked to youtube video demonstrations! The boys didn't have need for them but I liked them!



There were two main reasons I brought a new greenhouse and didn't just stick with my donated one. The first being the integral staging - which is just brilliant! It makes potting up and planting so easy and it's nice and sturdy and still leaves you space on the floor for storage or more plants if you wish! The other reason was for the hanging basket rails... OK I haven't used them for hanging baskets but they are great for stringing up plants - maybe next year Ill use them properly!

One annoyance was that they didn't send me enough side eave braces. I emailed them late Tuesday night, I had an email back Wednesday morning and the part arrived Thursday morning! Pretty good service that! Luckily it didn't stop us putting the rest of it together either so I just added it when it turned up!


It's been up and finished a few days now and I couldn't fault it! It's fab! The automatic openers are just great and with the louvre vents in the side, temperature control is easy. It's very sturdy and can withstand the winds we get round here easily! We haven't bolted it down yet but That will be a job for the near future... Hopefully the concrete base will keep those bloody slugs out!!!!

Liking the look of the aluminium too I have to say!

I brought the two into one down pipe connector too so that I could have my water butt in between my raised bed and the greenhouse. As we've had no rain recently we used the neighbour's hose (with permission - were metered, they're not!) and filled it up! Scott also put in the overflow pipe in which drains straight into my bed.... which is fine but we tested it yesterday; I thought it would just be a trickle of water but when it goes it proper pumps the water out! I have seeds planted in the end by the fence - which have now been washed away no doubt... Oh well, at least we know it works!

I'm sure I'll be boring you in posts to come about all my crops I've grown... I hope!

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