Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.
Many of our customers are confused as to the relative merits of timber and aluminium framed greenhouses, here Nathan James Dodd answers some of your frequently asked questions.
Neither type is 'better' than the other, they both have plus points and disadvantages.
Many people prefer timber as it's a natural material and whose good looks seem to blend easily into the garden landscape. The major horticultural advantage is that wood retains heat, the interior temperature is more stable and, if you choose to heat the greenhouse, fuel costs will be less.
Wooden greenhouses tend to be more expensive. It is often said that they require more maintenance although the timber used in the greenhouses we sell is either finest quality cedar guaranteed for ten years or pressure treated wood, both are extremely durable. You may also have heard that they are heavy and difficult to erect but an installation service is offered as standard for Swallow and as an option for Growhouse greenhouses.
They tend to be cheaper to buy. Low maintenance and rust resistance is guaranteed by modern manufacturing techniques, there is no need for paint or preservatives of any kind. Lightweight, aluminium greenhouses are easy to assemble or you can choose to take advantage of an installation service. It is also commonly thought that aluminium greenhouses let in more light.
Heat loss is noticeable when compared to their wooden counterparts so fuel costs will be higher if heated over the winter and, although green blends in well with the garden, many gardeners just prefer traditional timber.
Normally aluminium greenhouses are either silver or green although certain manufacturers offer black, brown, white and terracotta. Our wooden greenhouses are either built using tanalised timber that has a natural green tinted appearance or cedar wood that ages to a lovely silver grey.
Yes, you cannot locate either directly onto soil or turf. Some greenhouses have an integral base, others offer them as an extra. You can, if you prefer, build one yourself using timber, slabs, concrete or bricks.
Swallow offer 38 different sizes and styles of freestanding and lean-to models, while Growhouse also has an impressive selection. Timber glasshouses and pavilions are also manufactured by Forest and Zest4Leisure. Eden, Vitavia, Halls, Juliana, Elite make quality aluminium greenhouses that suit all budgets, see the complete range here.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.