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.
Heating will be a deciding factor on the variety of plants you are able to grow in a greenhouse and the number of plants that can be kept over winter. Here, Robert Hall goes through the pros and cons of the different types of heating that are available.
The temperature in your greenhouse during the winter shouldn't dip below 10C and throughout the year the daily variation shouldn't be more than 10C, this can be controlled by a combination of heating, ventilation and insulation.
You have a choice of tree main types of greenhouse heating, electric, gas and paraffin. Of course all have their advantages and drawbacks, and it is important to take these into sonsideration when choosing a method that will suit your needs and situation perfectly.
Solar energy or wind turbines may become a consideration in the future but at the moment they are far too expensive due in part to the poor heat retention qualities of a greenhouse.
Spent cooking oil is used occasionally commercially but is messy, smelly and not really suited to small scale production.
Nathan James Dodd suggests that during September there are many ways to maximise the growing season shile also preparing for the approaching autumn.
Wood burners have become very popular over the past few years. For maximum heat output any logs must be dry and well seasoned and Martyn Loach thinks that a log store is the best way to protect the wood from bad weather during the autumn.
When September arrives autumn is just around the corner and, with falling temperatures as well as leaves, Dan Everton has plenty of jobs around the pond.
Spring flowering bulbs brighten the garden from when snow is on the ground right through to the sunlit early summer. Here is David Hall's guide to achieving a marvellous display of colour to herald in the new year.