Last Updated on August 15, 2021
EDITOR’S NOTE: Aldi sold this again in May of 2021 for $24.99, which was $5 more than in 2020. Aldi also sold a mini version of this greenhouse in August of 2021, which you can read about here.
We’re huge fans of Aldi’s gardening supplies. We’ve written plenty about Aldi’s gardening products, including raised beds, trellises, plant stands, live plants, hoses, nozzles, fairy garden kits, and more. Some of our favorite Aldi products are their greenhouses. We own both the Gardenline 4-Tier Greenhouse and the larger Gardenline Walk-In Greenhouse, and they’re useful for getting an earlier start on the growing season and protecting tender seedlings from pests.
This spring, Aldi introduced a new type of greenhouse we’ve never seen them sell before: the Gardenline Drop-Over Greenhouse.
What We Know:
The Gardenline Drop-Over Greenhouse (product code 90079) sold for $19.99 in April of 2020. That’s the same price as Aldi’s Gardenline 4-Tier Greenhouse that’s in stores at the same time, and it’s cheaper than Aldi’s Gardenline Walk-In Greenhouse that was in stores a few weeks ago for $34.99. All of Aldi’s greenhouses are ALDI Finds (Special Buys), which means they’re only in stores for a short time. If you miss them, you’ll have to wait until they return the following year.
The Drop-Over Greenhouse measures 4.5′ x 4.5′. Aldi does not say how tall it is. Its footprint makes it ideal to place (with a bit of room left over) on top of Aldi’s Gardenline Raised Garden Bed that usually appears in stores in April and measures 4′ by 4′. This greenhouse, as its name indicates, can be placed or dropped directly over a flower bed or a low raised bed. In that aspect, it is different from Aldi’s other greenhouses that are tall with several shelves for growing plants in pots. Which greenhouse will work best for you depends on how you want to garden.
The Drop-Over Greenhouse’s plastic tarp appears to be identical to what is used in Aldi’s other taller greenhouses. It’s not going to keep things warm enough for year-round gardening in extreme temperatures, but it might be enough to help you get your garden started a couple of weeks early. The tarp can also offer some protection in the form of a barrier for tender seedlings against digging squirrels or nibbling rabbits, until the plants get a little bigger and tougher and are less appealing to critters.
The Drop-Over Greenhouse’s features include:
- Ability to protect garden from pests and weather
- No-tool assembly
- Roll-up flap with zips and ties for access and ventilation
We’re not sure exactly who makes this Drop-Over greenhouse, but the garden supply company Frame It All, which provides warranty service for the Gardenline Raised Garden Bed we purchased from Aldi two years ago, sells a similar but not identical drop-over greenhouse for $49.99 that is 4′ by 4′ and is 36 inches tall at its peak. We can’t say for certain, but since we know Aldi has partnered with Frame It All in the past, we would not be surprised if the new Drop-Over Greenhouse is manufactured by the same company.
What We Don’t Know:
We have not tried the Gardenline Drop-Over Greenhouse, so we can’t speak to how well it works. However, given that it’s similar to other greenhouses Aldi sells that we use each year, we think it’s probably a useful tool for home gardeners. We don’t know if this greenhouse comes with a warranty, but the other greenhouses Aldi sells have warranties, so it’s possible this one does, too.
Do you have experience with the Gardenline Drop-Over Greenhouse? Tell us what you think about it in the comments.