I’m not great at looking after plants. Never ask me to look after your Orchids while you’re on holiday, I am a death sentence to plants. I am not bad at vegetable patches. I used to love helping my nan with her greenhouse. One of them was completely taken over by a fig tree!
Getting get a greenhouse, opens your garden up to so many amazing opportunities. With the ability to grow your own fresh produce and carry out projects all year round. Also, you can really put your gardening skills to the test and improve your growing knowledge. Here’s my nanny’s guide to setting up and preparing your greenhouse for the best results.
The Right Style
Buying a greenhouse is a big step. First of all, you’ll need to take your garden into consideration. Do your research so that you invest in the right style of greenhouse for your needs. There are so many different greenhouses, think shapes and sizes, as well as space you have available. Always shop around to ensure you’re getting the best value for money.
When choosing your greenhouse, consider practicality, to ensure that you can use it properly and the way you want too. Greenhouses are available in different styles such as a walk-in, lean-to and smaller styles that are more like a small boxes. Figure out which one would work best for you.
Walk-in greenhouses are ideal for those intending to carry out numerous projects that require a lot of space and oxygen, but need a considerable amount to space and maximum sublight exposure.
Whereas a lean-to greenhouse is better for those wanting to undertake smaller projects that can be stored in a smaller space. They’re ideal for smaller gardens as they can be positioned neatly against a wall.
Let it Shine
Sunshine is an absolute must for any greenhouse, as a generous supply of sun is required for growing. Before you begin your projects, you need to choose the best location in your garden. Look for the area that receives the most light throughout the day and place it there. This will help your plants to grow to their full potential.
Plenty of Storage
You’ll need to store gardening tools, bags of soil and a lots of essential items for cultivating various plants. Organised storage is a must as it can create space, makes things easy to find and as a result will make your greenhouse safer.
Introduce some storage draws, greenhouse shelving and under bench boxes to free up some much-needed growing space for your projects. It will make your life much easier and your gardening tasks will seem much easier to handle.
At the moment my garden isn’t big enough to have a greenhouse. So, I’m going to have to make do with window boxes! But one day I would love to have a greenhouse like my nan, filled with figs and other fruit trees. If anyone has any idiot proof tips for keeping orchids, I would love to hear them!
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