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.
Nathan James Dodd
With high winds increasingly affecting most parts of Britain, many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite can help with an insurance quote and claim.
With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and Spring is just around the corner. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Dan Everton helps you look after your pond during the February with some tips on the precautions you can take to avoid the water freezing over, and advice on keeping fish at this time of the year.