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268 | MAY 2017
A GREENHOUSE TAKES AWAY ANY
UNPREDICTABILITY. SEEDS CAN BE SOWN AND
YOUNG PLANTS GIVEN A PLACE TO THRIVE
GIVE PLANTS A CHANCE
Sweet peppers (bell peppers) and tomatoes are
the staple of most kitchen gardens. But although
Common glazing materials
Brits love growing these tasty fruits, they are native
are glass or polycarbonate
to much warmer climates, such as the Americas.
(plastic). Safety glass will
Unless the British summertime delivers a
shatter, rather than smash.
sustained spell of sunny weather, getting fruits to
ripen can be a lengthy process - and the longer it
glazing won't break at all,
takes, the harder their skins become.
so it is a good option if you
A greenhouse takes away any unpredictability.
have children, pets and balls
Seeds can be sown and young plants given
flying around the garden.
a warm place to thrive, while adult
vegetables and fruits, such as chillies,
options are being
aubergines, kale, peas, cucumbers,
radishes and grapes, will be very
the time - for
happy in the heat and humidity.
WAS A HEYDAY
GO GREEN AND
a unique Bubble
system for its
products. 'The light
is diffused through the
bubbles, so plants don't get
scorched,' explains Electra.
'There is no need to shade
your greenhouse, either, as
the bubble plastic does this
job for you too.'
EXEMPLIFIED BY KEW
Using cold water straight from the tap in
the middle of summer can 'shock' plants and
damage them. Keeping a full watering can inside
your greenhouse will ensure you have warm water
on hand. But if you harvest rainwater, you'll have a
regular supply and save money, too. Simply attach
guttering around the roof of your greenhouse that
feeds a downpipe leading into a water butt.
WORDS: DAWN HINSLEY, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES
The main reason for owning
a greenhouse is to create a
'room' that is warmer than the
Spending a day watching
the sun make its way over your
outdoor space, and marking
its trajectory, is time wellspent when planning where to
position your greenhouse, as it
needs as much sun as possible.
If possible, an east-west
orientation is best, especially
for winter use. Avoid placing
your greenhouse under a
tree or where shadows form
for long periods of the day.
Similarly, avoid windy spots.
If you want to boost the
temperature in winter, you will
need to consider installing an
electric power source.
Electra says that a good site
for a greenhouse should also
be convenient and have easy
access, level ground and
good light source.
'Ensure it is close enough
to the house for regular visits,
so that seeding, transplanting,
watering, maintenance and
crop collection do not become
overly arduous chores.
'Remember to allow enough
space for opening and closing
windows and doors. And avoid
putting your greenhouse at the
base of a slope, as this can be
a frost pocket where cold tends
to linger - very bad for plants.'