Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Andy Taylor explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.
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.
Nathan James Dodd
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
April, particularly if you are on holiday over Easter, is the time when gardeners, whatever their level of enthusiasm and skill, want to get into the garden. Andy Taylor looks at the gardening jobs that can be achieved this month.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.