The Forest Log and Tool Store is a handsome garden structure and, now that winter is approaching, a very useful acquisition. Martyn Loach purchased one recently and here he explains how it is assembled.
Lean to greenhouses are very popular and there’s quite a few practical reasons why. If you don’t have a lot of space, they are more practical than free-standing greenhouses yet, as Nathan James Dodd explains, you can still propagate a wide variety of plants.
A lean to greenhouse is less expensive both to buy and maintain. As it’s smaller than a free-standing version and fixed against a heat retentive wall, less heating is required.
Greenhouses are well known for bad insulation so the relatively warm wall, and maybe a vent introducing heat from the house, will give plants that little extra protection to see them through cold weather.
As with a heated freestanding greenhouse you’ll be able to grow throughout the year or protect any plants that aren’t hardy in the winter months.
They also offer easy access, everything is within reach and, particularly in the winter you will be grateful of a lean to’s proximity to the house. At any time of the year, there’s less of a distance to carry watering cans and installing electricity will be cheaper.
Conservatory Or Garden Room
You can even have direct access from your house, so that the larger lean tos become small conservatories and garden rooms. Particularly if it’s south facing, the solar heat from the greenhouse can also help warm the house.
As less of your garden is taken up, this will free up space for perhaps a pond or, if you have children, leave a larger area for them to play on (in addition to lessening the risk of broken glass!).
Don’t worry too much about the number of plants you can grow. They’ll still be a wide range to keep you busy including enough room perhaps for tomatoes and other vegetables in grow bags or pots.
For whatever reason you are considering buying a lean to greenhouse, there are many sizes and styles to choose from including metal and wooden frames. They also come with the same extras as freestanding greenhouses such as staging and opening vents, manual or automatic.
All major greenhouse manufacturers offer a lean to option, so there’s plenty of choice. And don’t forget, they are not only valuable work spaces for gardeners, a lean to can add real style to your house.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.