Go Organic - greenhouse makes all the differenceBy James Ashford
January 30, 2009
There are few things quite so useful in the garden as a greenhouse.
There are also few things quite as expensive.
In these straitened times I hesitate to recommend buying one but if you can afford one they do make a real difference to the range and quantity of things that you can grow to eat.
There is an enormous range of greenhouses available so to some extent you can make a choice to suit your pocket but as with so many things you do get what you pay for.
If you do decide to take the plunge there are a couple of things you need to think about.
The first is location.
This is a good time of year to have a look at which parts of your plot get year round daylight.
There is no point having a greenhouse unless you can put it somewhere in your garden that gets plenty of sunshine.
The second is size. No matter how big your greenhouse is you will wish you had got a bigger one.
Even the folks at Kew Gardens must wish they had got the next size up.
This is because as you get used to growing things under glass you will find more and more stuff that will thrive and flourish in the extra warmth and humidity. The greenhouse that you thought you would never be able to fill will rapidly become too small.
You will also need space to move around as you work. If every spare inch of space is filled with plants it becomes quite difficult to water and harvest.
Greenhouses are hard work to put up but they are even harder to move so you will need to prepare the ground before you begin. Most need a separate base which you can buy or build yourself.
Take your time to get it right. Even a small greenhouse supports a substantial weight of glass.
If it moves about the glass will break.
You can sometimes find a cheap greenhouse in the small ads or on freecycle although you will normally be expected to remove it yourself.