For the green-fingered among us, greenhouses are a gardening haven; they give us the ability to grow all year round under regulated temperatures, which, let’s face it, is very important if you’re serious about growing produce in Britain in our wonderfully unpredictable weather.
The idea of growing vegetables under temperature controlled conditions can be traced all the way back to Roman times. Greenhouses themselves came to England in the 17th century - albeit in a rather primitive form - and they’ve continued to develop in design and ingenuity ever since.
The top greenhouse we manufacture is the Victoria Greenhouse. As with all of our buildings, they are a timber structure crafted to an attractive design. They feature glazing and automatic temperature controlled vent openers to help regulate the temperature as best we can. These features mean that you can grow a range of different greenery in your greenhouse, including:
Fruit and Vegetables
There are so many varieties of fruit and vegetables to choose from to grow in your greenhouse. To decide what to grow will obviously depend on how big your greenhouse is, however top choices for fruits and vegetables that are used to warmer climates include oranges, lemons, strawberries, bell peppers, chillies and tomatoes.
Growing your own fruit and veg is a wonderful thing that more and more people are turning to for both enjoyment and to get more control over the food they eat.
Putting fragile plants in the greenhouse is a wise move in preparation for the winter months. Many are classed as hardy, or frost hardy, and can endure the winter months (to a certain degree) without much help or protection, but there are those that will need protecting. Make sure you know what classification of plants you have to avoid killing them off, and arrange for the right temperature to be withheld in the greenhouse.
Plants from exotic climates can be beautiful things to behold and a joy to grow in your own back garden. This can prove to be very tricky in our temperamental climate though, so a greenhouse is an absolute must for many species of exotic plants, including Mother Water Buffalo (Holboellia brachyandra) and Aloe Pilcatilis.
As a hobby, maintaining a greenhouse and whatever you choose to grow inside it can be very rewarding. As we're sure you can imagine, our team is full of gardening enthusiasts. If you were to visit one of our seven UK Show Centres, you'd be able to get first-hand expert guidance on greenhouses, and all of our other Garden Buildings.