Greenhouses have an abundance of benefits that can allow you to make the most of your plants. If you’re considering investing in a greenhouse but are still not sure whether to buy one, read on for our ‘need to know’ advice.
The benefits of owning a greenhouse
One of the reasons for owning a greenhouse is that it can open up so many options for how and what you can grow in your garden. Grow outside and your crops are at risk of the elements and climate change but a greenhouse creates a small micro climate of its own that can extend the period of time you are able to grow in a season. Its protected environment can also care for vulnerable plants that otherwise would not survive the temperamental UK weather conditions, together with new or exotic varieties that need warmer temperatures to flourish.
What can I grow in a greenhouse?
When you invest in a greenhouse there is no more restriction to what you can grow. You can start off hardy plants earlier than you would be able to outdoors and grow tender crops such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers throughout the summer months. You can even give growing more exotic plants such as okra, sweet potatoes and melons a try.
To make the most of your greenhouse, you’ll need to think about the size and the location of it. You will want a greenhouse that suits the size of your growing space and will need to place it in a position that allows easy access, ideally offering maximum exposure to sunlight.
How to look after a greenhouse
It’s a good idea to give your greenhouse a good hose down at the beginning and the end of the growing season to kill off pests and prepare it to accommodate a big influx of plants. Greenhouses can also overheat during the spring and summer months so make sure to keep it well-ventilated when the weather warms up. Most greenhouses will come fitted with a ventilation window to circulate the air but propping open the door and damping down (the process of pouring water onto the greenhouse floor to ensure better moisture) will all help to stop plants suffering from heat stress, drooping and dying off. After all, a greenhouse that is well maintained will continue to add a pop of colour, style and be an attractive addition to any veg patch for many years to come.
So let 2023 be your year to get greenhouse growing!