Greenhouses are the perfect solution to growing vegetables and fruit in Britain. As we all know, British weather is less than ideal for gardeners. Which is why greenhouses come in handy.
Sheltering your seedlings from our brutal, but beautiful, Mother Nature is essential in giving them a chance to grow into perfectly ripe and juicy fruits. Additionally, greenhouses are great conductors of heat. The clear glass or plastic panes surrounding your seeds will magnify the heat and keep your plants blanketed with warmth.
Building your own greenhouse is a simple and easy task. All you’ll need is to build a structure, then add the glass or plastic panes, lastly bring in some shelving and start planting your seeds.
Simply Plastics are suppliers of the plastic slabs/panes that you will need if you are going down the DIY route.
This is something you’ll need to think about: do you want a walk-in greenhouse, or a smaller one? We would suggest a walk-in greenhouse for those who have the space and want to spend a lot of time and effort in growing their plants.
Let’s take a deeper look into greenhouse sizes. Walk-in greenhouses are ideal for growing lots of plants and plants that grow large. Not only are they practical, but they are also a pretty garden feature that will grab attention when your friends are over for a bbq.
Smaller ones are great for smaller projects and limited space. If you don’t have a garden, small table-sized greenhouses are suitable for you. The only problem is that you won’t be able to grow as many plants, however they are perfect if you are only growing one type of fruit or vegetable.
To get the most out of a table-sized greenhouse, keep it by your window so that it can get as much sun light as possible. If you can, then keep it outside to maximise its chances of successfully aiding in the growth of your plants.
Bonus tip: these tiny greenhouses are also perfect for herb growing.
This is a step many newbies forget – ventilation. The hot air needs to come out somewhere. If it doesn’t then it could make your greenhouse too humid, consequently resulting in poor growth and possibly mould.
Make sure you keep a humidity and temperature thermostat to keep an eye on how well your ventilation is working. With this said, you don’t want to have a giant hole as a ventilation duct as this will counteract the whole point of the greenhouse.
You can take your greenhouse to the next level by getting a water-butt that will collect rain water to then be sprinkled over your plants. This is cost-effective and eco-friendly.
We hope this post has helped you with your greenhouse gardening. If it has, give us a share and spread the word! Let’s get more people into greenhouse gardening for a more sustainable way of living.