When assembling an Eden greenhouse, consider location, foundation and base materials in addition to the greenhouse framing and panels. There are many options and combinations for assembling and anchoring. Follow a few simple guidelines for the best results in your Eden greenhouse.
Overview of Eden greenhouses
Eden greenhouses, designed to be durable and long lasting, come with a standard 12-year frame guarantee. The window panels either clip or slide into place to allow simple replacement. Depending on the style, whether you opted for a free-standing model, or a lean-to model, placement and set-up are crucial for success.
Before beginning the assembly process, lay out the placement of your greenhouse. A portion of your garden that receives a minimum of six hours of sunlight, even during the winter, will provide the best results. For rectangular models, the long side should ideally run east to west to maximise sun exposure. For lean-to models, place the greenhouse on the sunny side of the building.
Bases and foundations
There is a difference between the base and foundation of a greenhouse. The base supports the frame of the greenhouse; the foundation provides the floor. Bases form the perimeter, and can be constructed of treated wood 10 cm by 10 cm (4 inches by 4 inches), concrete block or bricks. The greenhouse framing will sit on top of this base, so it will need to be level. Check your assembly instructions for the exact measurements of your model. A 1.8 by 2.4 m (6 by 8 foot) greenhouse does not measure exactly 1.8 by 2.4 m (6 by 8 feet). The actual dimensions vary from model to model. A concrete slab foundation is highly recommended. The concrete will help act as a barrier and prevent cold from seeping up through the ground. Concrete or other solid flooring, such as wood, also keeps the greenhouse tidy. For a more temporary flooring, use patio blocks, but note that you will need to control weeds. Eden discourages the use of bare ground as a foundation for greenhouses. Exposed soil will promote weed growth inside the greenhouse, which may then spread to plantings.
Follow the frame assembly directions for your model. Smaller models can be assembled off the base and lifted into place with the help of others. Otherwise, assemble your frame in place as much as possible. Make sure the frame is straight and square; the 90-degree corner of a right-angled triangle will ensure that corners are properly squared and ready for the panels. When assembling a lean-to model, insert the panels toward the building first, then work your way towards the far side. Either slide or clip the greenhouse panels into place; check the instructions as models vary.