Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by shelibeli A bit pricey, but if it works...worth it.
So far so good! I researched many different options before settling on the grow camp. I really wanted to do a veggie garden this year but we have so many weeds, and deer and rabbits, that I was afraid to invest the time. This has so far been fabulous! It was easy to put together, and even though it is almost all plastic, it seems really sturdy. It doesn't have a bottom, which at first I thought was a negative, but in thinking about drainage I realized it is a good thing. I bought a roll of landscaping fabric and lined the bottom with it, then filled it with soil. It takes about 18 cubic feet of soil to fill it! Then I used twine to mark off the squares and planted away. Everything had sprouted within 5 days and is doing great. I haven't had the need to close the plastic part yet, but leave the screen part attached all the time. Rain and sun get in plenty, but no bugs or animals! (Although I did catch one caterpillar who had feasted on one of my pepper plants....not sure how he snuck in there!) And I am hoping the plastic cover will come in handy to extend the season for some of my plants into the fall. The only reason I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is the price and the fact that it was missing a few "s" hooks which we just replaced ourselves for a few bucks.
June 5, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dw310 Excellent
I put my 2 section GrowCamp together in about 2-3 hours. By FAR the hardest part was getting the ground level--I live in a hilly area. The second hardest part was getting it filled with soil. It takes a LOT of dirt!! Putting the actual structure together was easy. I'm a single woman and did it alone. I will say: follow their picture directions precisely. I assumed I needed to use some fasteners in a couple places that the instructions did not show fasteners. Well, hey, there were holes lined up, and it seemed logical to put some in there! Well, as I continued to put it all together, those fasteners were not only not necessary, but in the way. Thankfully, they had also included some extra fasteners, so all was good. Anyway, follow their pictured directions precisely and you will have no problem. Really well designed.
June 5, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by clvbrnfn Like it so far!
I did a lot of research on this before I purchased it at HomeDepot which was the cheapest price. I am a Test Engineer so I do tend to be on the critical side.
From previous reviews I have read I will comment on the assembly of the unit which was trickey at first. If you can get past step 1 it goes a lot easier. They have designed special plastic rivets which are just not easy to work with in the 1st step but after that they work great. The instructions are pictures only which were OK. I actually purchased the extension unit as well and it calls for a set of cable's which it does not state there are 2 different sizes until you have the whole base unit constructed and then you have to take a section apart. You can put together the base unit and then add an extension later except it would be a little trickey taking one side down but it is doable.
There were 2 things I was not happy with 1) there was NO bottom. I had to purchase a weed blocker or you can use some kind of plastic and 2) the sides did not have screens they only have the plastic. The side plastic was another item that was not explained too well in the installation picture. It would also be difficult to take out for the winter. I live in the greater Cleveland area where we get A LOT of snow which tends to stay around for a few weeks even months and I wanted to be able to take out the screens and the plastic to keep them from the weather. Taking the plastic out can be done but I wonder after installing and reinstalling a few times how they would hold up.
Both the screens and plastic covering use velcro which I am worried will cause problems later on. The did not lay flat and seem to be a little short. The plastic is layered on top of the screen and when you want to water the plants that day you try to open the plastic but many times the screen velcro gets opened too. I am not sure if the velcro will be sturdy enough to keep out the squirrels. I also wonder about the squirrels climbing up it and ripping the screen but other reviews I have read did not mention anything. I was missing 6 S-Hooks which I decided to just go purchase more instead of calling and waiting.
The constructions seems to be sturdy and should hold up during the winter months. I purchased this because of all of the rabbits and squirrels we have. They eat everything so, I wanted a cover and of course there is the plastic cover for the frost we can get well into the month of May. I like the unit and can't wait for the veggies.
The system is deep. I decided to go with purchasing top soil in bags. That way I could get a variety of soils. It took ~ 40 bags of topsoil/manure and 3 large bags of miracle gro to fill the main base and 1 extension. I believe that equals 1 cubic yard so you can go either way.
I would recommend it. If you are trying to keep out critters.
April 18, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mcoch Cute in my back yard
Took me about 4-5 hours to put together; no written instructions, only pictures and not intuitive to me. Instructions gave out after structure done. Had to figure out how to apply plastic and screens. Kit was missing the majority of the S hooks so had to go to the hardware store. Vegetables are in. I am afraid the tomatoes are going to outgrow it even though i tried to buy plants that would fit. They really like the environment. I hope the deer don't learn how to crash in the screens. So far I am happy with it.
June 5, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OldSnoopy Excellent Quality and Value
This greenhouse goes together very well. It takes 1 person about 2 hours with only a hammer. The quality is very good and it should stand the test of time outside.
April 19, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by oldgardener Good product.
Pleased with structure and its appearance. It is really helpful to have another person assist with the structure. Want to warn others not to confuse Grow Camp with STC Grow Camp as they are two different sizes and extensions will not fit each other.
During a severe thunderstorm last week, new tomato plants were protected with simply unrolling of plastic film.
May 28, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Handbell Went together like a charm
All pieces were there, product is sturdy, and exactly as described.
August 8, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by S12345 Easy assembly
sturdy, good construction, easy setup directions, nice size
May 30, 2011