I have to admit to you, I have been eyeing this Green Thumb Classroom Greenhouse on Educational Insights for a very long time. Not for my husband’s school, not even for a classroom – but for myself! I have been DYING to have this greenhouse so I was absolutely PSYCHED when Educational Insights agreed to let me review it! I was shocked at how big the box was that it came in. I’ve seen the photo of it online but I wasn’t expecting the greenhouse to be SO big! It was SOOOO incredibly easy to put this together. I didn’t need any screwdrivers or tools and it literally took just about 3 minutes to get it set up. It is a nice metal light-weight frame, wire shelves with a metal support bar underneath, and comes with a plastic covering that you can zip/unzip for your plants.
We put it right inside the kindergarten classroom where there were seedlings planted inside of ice cube trays. (a frugal planting idea!) As you can see the class’s 3 little trays had MORE than enough room – in fact I’m guessing you could have fit at LEAST 10 trays on just the top shelf! The bottom shelf is being used for storage of extra soil, pots, a spray bottle and a small shovel. I love that everything you need can be contained in one spot. The front panel has a zipper on both sides so that you can roll up the vinyl cover and tie it in one spot. It stays put very nicely!
There is a string inside the cover and outside the cover and you just tie it together to keep the vinyl cover up! Super simple!
Here’s a more close up photo for you to see how roomy it is!
Plus it blends in very well with the classroom! As you can see above the greenhouse is about the same size as the classroom window!! This will be great for the class so they can plant their seedlings even in the winter time!! I wanted to see some big plants in the greenhouse just to see sizing wise how it would work at home (because I KNOW I will be
stealing I mean taking it home over the winter months to get my veggie plants ready for spring. It stood just taller than my deck did.
And it holds my big pots easily! Your tallest plants can go on the top shelf as there is extra room up there in the top. I had a tomato plant in there that was a good foot an half high or so from top to bottom before I had to move it out. This would be great too for permanently growing greens such as lettuce or cabbage with the right sized pot. It got really chilly here (in the 30′s) several nights so I zipped down the front cover to my plants. Life kind of got in the way and I totally forgot to check on them until about a week later and they were still doing great! I noticed that I had to water a LOT less with the flap closed and my plants grew quickly this way so I just kept the flap closed unless I needed to water!
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I received the above product in order to use and form my own opinions. All opinions are my own. I Blog With Integrity. Giveaway is open to US only and will end at 12:01 am est October 13, 2012. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.