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GREEN-FINGERED AMATEURS CAN OPEN THE DOOR TO A WORLD OF EXOTIC
BLOOMS AND TASTY HOME PRODUCE - NO MATTER WHAT THEIR BUDGET
can be traced back
to Roman times,
while in 13th-century Italy,
the predecessors of modern
greenhouses were used to house
tropical plants from overseas.
Throughout history, versions
of greenhouses have been used to
keep plants that would not thrive
in an area's natural environment.
They allow you to create a
micro-climate, greatly expanding
your plant-growing potential.
But some people can feel rather
intimidated even by the thought
of having a greenhouse, believing
they are too inexperienced or lack
sufficient space to have one.
But with a little planning
and research, this method of
gardening can be available to all.
WHY A GREENHOUSE?
Gardeners are notorious weather
watchers. Will it be a wet summer?
Is today going to be windy? When
will the sun shine?
Shelter, predictability and higher
temperatures are the three main
advantages of the greenhouse.
The basic concept is very simple
- when the sun shines through glass,
the space inside becomes warmer
THE BEST STYLE
than the temperature outside. This
means you can grow things that
would otherwise struggle in a cold
climate, whether that's for a plant's
lifetime or simply in its early stages
when it is a seedling.
The warmer temperatures also
mean that the growing season can
be extended - there is even the
possibility of year-round gardening.
Greenhouses generally come
in two styles: freestanding
or lean-to. Freestanding is
effectively a 'house', which is
great for larger spaces.
Alan Titchmarsh famously
described a small garden as
anything less than the size of a
tennis court, or 260 sqm. If your
garden is this size or bigger,
it should comfortably fit a
A lean-to is positioned against
an existing wall and can be
large enough to walk inside
or so small that you can only
reach in with one arm. This is
often a more realistic option
for small gardens and terraces.
A third choice is a cold
frame - literally, a glass box.
This can be so tiny it just fits a
few seed trays, which is perfect
for the balcony gardener.
Whatever the size, once you
start using your greenhouse
you'll wish it was bigger. So,
buy as large as you can and
think of it as an investment.
Electra Hatcher, business
director at Keder Greenhouse
'Get the largest one your space
can afford as I have never
heard anyone say "I wish my
greenhouse was smaller".
'Personal taste is a key
factor in choosing the correct
style. If your home is a classical
design, you possibly wouldn't
want anything other than a
beautiful hardwood and glass
greenhouse to fit in.
'However, if you are hoping
to be self-sufficient, you may
prefer something designed for
the serious grower.
'For example, our range starts
with a 2m x 2m cold frame and
goes up to hectare coverage.' >
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