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Top 5 Greenhouse Essentials

Written on: 21 April 2020 By Daniel Carruthers

All serious gardeners understand the importance of a Greenhouse, whether you’re raising plants from seeds or growing tender crops, a greenhouse is key to a successful quality garden.

However, the greenhouse itself won’t provide you with the complete perfect conditions to maintain your produce. The essentials to maintain a healthy growing Greenhouse can be anything from storage units, irrigation tools, to simple tips & tricks to try and test out.

In this post, we highlight the top 5 greenhouse essentials that any serious gardener should take into consideration:

1. Buy a Propagator

Every gardener’s aim is for their greenhouse to be full of life, colour and with a variety of plants & crops. To achieve this many gardeners will use a propagator which will allow you to kick start your seeds into germination earlier than ordinarily would.

Through the help of a greenhouse propagator, this essential kit will provide a stable environment for your plants and crops to grow from its seed. This is not only rewarding, but provides your vulnerable seedlings with much-needed protection.

Its incubator type design, provides your seeds with a much higher chance of surviving over the altercations in temperature over the seasons. Many Greenhouse experts state that the propagator’s design is to work in the same way a greenhouse does. Sowing your seeds into the mini-greenhouse (which is made from plastic), the propagator will support the consistency in temperature which the seedlings need to grow and maintain shape.

2. Automatic Greenhouse Ventilation

Maintaining the temperature in your greenhouse is essential to providing your plants with the healthy environment they need in order to thrive. As the temperature rises, plants and crops in your summer greenhouse can begin to struggle or become damaged.

When you add an automatic greenhouse vent, your summer greenhouse will have constant regulated ventilation. It’s design enables you to maintain circulation whether you’re at home or away due to its wax material casing. The wax expands when heated which ultimately opens the vent allowing air to circulate throughout, and as temperature drops, the wax contracts and circulation stops as the vents closes.

Here at Cultivar, we are renowned for our automatic greenhouse ventilation systems; another key ingredient which only serves to highlight the attention to detail we go to when designing our luxury greenhouses.

3. Slatted Benches

Serious gardeners will understand that different types of plants and crops react differently when grown in different conditions. Factors such as temperature and light can play a significant role in the ultimate prosperity of your greenhouse.

Using greenhouse essentials like staging benches or slatted benches, the option to raise your plants off the ground becomes available; enabling you to place your plants and crops in varied fixed positions which are optimal for their requirements.

The purpose of such greenhouse essentials is to simply allow certain plants and seeds to grow based on their specific needs. For example, some slats are designed to increase air circulation which reduces potential fungal problems. Whilst other shelves may be positioned to provide an area to avoid cool air; it all depends on the environment and the plant.

4. Use a Cold Frame

Greenhouse essentials come in all shapes and sizes whilst all providing a service aiding the success of your greenhouse. A cold frame is a very well known greenhouse essential for any serious gardener that has had to harden off seedlings and young plants before.

This piece of equipment is a transparent-roofed enclosure, built low to the base. The cold frame is essential to maintaining the protection of your garden/plants from adverse weather, primarily excessive cold or wet conditions.

Cultivar offers a range of greenhouses with cold frames already included so that you will have another vital piece of equipment to help your greenhouse thrive.

5. Get a Water Butt

A water butt is a key greenhouse essential for anyone who is looking to operate their greenhouse with an eye on the environment.

The purpose of the water butt is to collect natural rainwater and recycle this by using this excess water to water your crops. It is also pretty handy for anyone who is on a water meter.

Not only does rainwater provide your greenhouse plants with nutrients, but it also saves you money on your water bills!

If you’re looking for a water butt garden essential, why not check out our range of proprietary push fit fittings widely available which can be used to facilitate water collection now!

Planning your new greenhouse should be an exciting time for an enthusiastic gardener, with a whole host of possibilities open to you. Cultivar aims to make your greenhouse ideas into reality with a wide selection of materials and designs available to you when you buy a greenhouse from one of the UK’s leading manufacturers. Explore our range of designs and start the process towards building your very own bespoke greenhouse design now!

Written on: 21 April 2020 By Daniel Carruthers

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Daniel Carruthers

Daniel is a keen gardener and cook. A graduate of the prodigious Ballymaloe Cookery School Daniel has his own organic garden near Chester and is a director here at Cultivar.

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