Open Thread: Gardenline Drop-Over Greenhouse

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. 

About Rachael

Rachael is the Senior Editor for Aldi Reviewer. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and collecting house plants when she isn't busy shopping at Aldi.

6 Comments

  1. Marina Najdenska

    I am looking for a vegetable garden bed. I noticed in Aldi. Do you still have it and which area in Sydney can I find it? I would like to setup a little garden on my balcony. Thanks

    • This site is not run by Aldi. We’re an independent site that reviews Aldi products. With that said, Aldi in the U.S. usually sells a raised garden bed sometime in April or May. We haven’t seen it yet at Aldi this year, but my guess is it’s coming soon unless the pandemic has altered Aldi’s approach to inventory. Since you mentioned Sydney, though, if you’re from Australia, I’m not sure if Aldi sells a garden bed there since this site focuses on Aldi in the U.S.

  2. I purchased and built this little greenhouse today as we have a cold spell coming. I made it 4′ x 2′ instead of the 4′ x 4′ in order to put it on my deck. I liked the flexibility to reduce the size. Just be aware that if you reduce the size, the plastic cover does not fit tightly. The structure was a bit wobbly after I first put it together but I gave everything a good tap and it’s now pretty solid. The flap that roles up could use a few more Velcro tabs to keep it shut – I will sew some on later. I don’t plan to use this throughout the winter so this should hold up for many years. I’m glad I purchased it, especially at $19.99.

  3. I have the open thread garden line greenhouse but do not have the assembly instructions. Can someone please send them to me?? Thanks you if you can help!

    • Dana N Olathe KS

      Same issue here… I have reassembled this stupid thing a thousand times… aggravating… no trouble tho with the 3-Tier standing version… very pleased with it.

  4. Bought 2 of these at the store one was good the other was packaged wrong and had 2 of one type of connector rather then the straight ones I needed.Ill have to call the customer support # to see if the can get me the part I need hopefully.Otherwise I may try to find something that may work since it’s the straight connectors.The good one seems decent for 19.99.

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