Greenhouses are an excellent way for gardeners to create their very own microclimate and nurture crops such as tasty tomatoes, fragrant herbs and peppers that pack a punch. They allow you to create the ideal environment for a whole host of exciting ornamental and edible plants and extend the growing seasons, which is great news for garden enthusiasts. If you’ve been thinking about investing in a greenhouse, we’ve put together a handy guide packed with all the information you’ll need to choose the best greenhouse.
Once you’ve got your house constructed and have stocked up on greenhouse spares like greenhouse clips or extra tunnel sheeting, you can get to work kitting out the inside.
There are plenty of useful greenhouse accessories to help make your space the best gardening environment and complete your growing experience. The items below also make practical greenhouse gifts if you’re looking for gardening gift ideas.
If space is an issue, check out our guide to the best cold frames, which do a similar job on a smaller scale. Alternatively, you might find our guides to the best garden sheds and summer house ideas inspiring. And if you’re looking to keep your greenhouse in tip top condition, our experts have tested the best pressure washers so you can buy in confidence.
12 useful greenhouse accessories
Take a look at our curated list of useful greenhouse shelves, tools and equipment below;
If you’re in need of some extra growing space and are looking for greenhouse shelves or greenhouse tables, this metal staging is just the thing. Made from rust and rot proof aluminium, it’s long lasting and maintenance free and the surface is slatted to provide air circulation and allow water to flow freely away.
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Horse manure makes an extremely good soil improver for the garden. Often combined with stable bedding and allowed to rot down for a couple of years, horse manure is perfect for digging into planting holes or spreading onto the surface of bare soil. Fresh manure mustn’t be used directly on the garden as it can actually remove nutrients from the soil and scorch plants, but it can be added to compost heaps.
Although the government’s Council of Economic Advisors confirms that food inflation rates have been cooling, the average household will spend about 6 percent more this year on food than last year, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, it’s still an excellent time to tap into the powers of our best budget-friendly tips for healthy eating.
Fall is an excellent time for planting and transplanting, provided there is adequate soil moisture to allow plants to reestablish their root systems. Because inconsistent watering or lack of rainfall during this crucial period can rapidly cause a new planting to fail, it is well worth your time to learn a few tricks to make watering easier, more efficient, and more effective.
Brass is such a versatile material. It can pair well with other metals like gold or cast iron, but it can also contrast nicely with chrome or nickel finishes. If you prefer a shinier look, you can choose a polished version, but if your style leans more antique, you can look for an aged option.
A couple of those commenting on this blog recently have expressed surprise at how ‘tidy’ the greenhouse was, so this post is designed to shatter that misguided illusion. Firstly, I want to make it clear that what is shown above is not ‘the greenhouse’, but the Coop. Attached to the house, but only accessible from outside, it is more of a conservatory than a greenhouse and hosts a range of tender plants and bulbs, all in terracotta pots. No potting up, planting or propagation takes place here, so there is little excuse for untidiness although the wind blows leaves in, spiders weave their webs there and I splash water and grit around. The working greenhouse at the bottom of the garden, however, is exactly that, a working greenhouse:
Several times a year a visitor to our garden is shocked to find a rogue steak knife pierced downward in one of the beds, as if it were an escapee from our kitchen knife block. I’m always quick to tell them that it’s indeed where I meant to place it, and that I haven’t found any tool as great as a serrated knife when it comes to removing grass or root systems. It’s perfect for edging small areas or pulling up entire sheets of grass; all I have to do is start on one side and pull up as I carefully saw back and forth. It can be a cheap purchase from a thrift store—or in my case, the way I finally convinced my husband that we needed a new set of kitchen knives.
The dream for most garden owners is not to have a boundary at all – given a choice we’d probably all prefer an unbroken ‘borrowed’ view, preferably of idyllic countryside or suitably breath-taking scenery. The reality for many of us is that some sort of boundary at the border of our gardens or between us and our neighbours is essential. So, given that most of us aren’t gazing at our estate over a hidden ha-ha, how best can we treat our boundaries for maximum aesthetic appeal?
Your spice rack for more than just culinary masterpieces! Believe it or not, those aromatic spices that elevate your dishes can also work wonders in nourishing your green friends, combating pests, and even preventing diseases.
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