I'm sure you've seen the commercial. The one where a couple is in an elevator, then elevator music happens and they recognize it as the theme song to Lexus commercials. That's when it dawns on the unsuspecting member of the couple that the other one is giving them a Lexus for Christmas. Those commercials are driving me nuts. I don't want a Lexus, sure they are nice cars, but I'm much more pratical than that.
Here's what I would like the commercial to be selling. A greenhouse! It's a practical gift for any gardener that just happens to be a dream gift for them too! Imagine the cost difference too. The starting price for the cheapest Lexus is about $33,000. What kind of greenhouse could you get for $33,000? Hmm...let's take a look at some greenhouses:
In the around $1000 range you can find this Snap and Grow greenhouse at Plow and Hearth Snap and Grow greenhouse at Plow and Hearth. It's 6'x8' inches which would give you 48 square feet inside. For the price of a Lexus you could have 33 of these greenhouses!
This 8'x12' Greenhouse
found at Amazon costs about $1800. That gives you 96 square feet of plant propagating room! For that 96 sq. ft. of greenhouse space you
If you want to consider an even fancier greenhouse with tempered glass walls and a Victorian style you can find this greenhouse, which is also on Amazon. It's 10' by 15' with a price tag of $8000. For the price of a Lexus you could have four of these!
Now if you wanted a hoop house or commercial greenhouse you could get a tremendous amount of indoor garden space for the same price as a Lexus. Some commercial greenhouses can be found for just under $33k with dimensions of 60'x96' - that's bigger than most houses!
I would much rather have a more backyard greenhouse than a Lexus wouldn't you? A luxury car may be more elegant but not as practical for a gardener. The affiliate links used above are only representative of a few of the many greenhouses available. In fact you can build your own greenhouse much cheaper than any of these greenhouses using PVC and greenhouse plastic. It may not look as nice but they will work just as well. Or you could put together an eclectic greenhouse using old windows and doors. You're imagination is the only limit!
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Saturday, December 17, 2011
No Lexus for This Gardener
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.