Why a Greenhouse is the Most Important Part of Your Garden
Thousands, if not millions of homes across the world have a greenhouse in their garden, which is a testament to the benefits they provide. The right greenhouse can be a combination of attractive garden furniture and a useful space for a number of projects, and we’re going to talk about why a greenhouse is so important.
One of the main benefits of a greenhouse is the way it affords you the opportunity to get a head start on the growing season. Rather than waiting for the weather and climate to change to optimum levels, you can start growing your plants and vegetables early, before moving them out into your garden when the conditions are more favourable.
Improved growing abilities
As greenhouses are something of a microclimate in your garden, they allow you to circumvent the traditional climates that may prevent you from growing certain, fruit, vegetables or plants. If you wanted to grow something exotic, the climate of your area may not allow for it, but if you have a greenhouse, you can cultivate your tropical vegetation in there.
Protection from pests
Pesky insects and animals like slugs, snails, caterpillars and even squirrels and household pets can cause problems with your plants, whether that’s eating them or trampling all over them. By storing your vegetation in a greenhouse, you can keep them out of harm’s way.
Protection from the elements
Especially in the UK and colder countries, the weather is often grey and bleak, which can make for unfavourable growing conditions. With a greenhouse, your plants are protected from the elements, so they can grow uninterrupted in peace.
As well as providing a place to store and grow your plants, fruit and vegetables, your greenhouse can really add something to the overall look and feel of your garden. Position it carefully so as to not dominate too much of the space and you’ll notice that if complements the landscape perfectly.
What to grown and when
Vegetables - For the most tasty vegetables possible, you need to ensure the conditions are right for them to grow. For things like beans, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, a night time temperature of around 12-15 degrees celsius is required.
Fruit - Sweet fruits like peaches can be grown early on in the year, but for citrus fruits like lemon, only need a temperature of 13 degrees celsius, but they need to avoid the frost.
Flowers - The huge variety of flowers that can be grown in greenhouses means it’s impossible to summarise the varying temperatures required for each plant, but for flowers such as orchids, minimum temperatures of 12 degrees celsius are needed, but they can rise to 25 degrees celsius.
At Reigate Garden Centre, we are proud to provide the highest quality greenhouses for customers throughout the South East. If you would like to know more about our greenhouses, or any of our other services, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.
- Gary Tiley