To create a warm environment to help your plants and vegetables survive the unpredictable British weather, you do not have to build an expensive, permanent greenhouse structure.
Metal-framed greenhouses are an option, but for beginners simply putting planters in a sunny spot in your garden can be a more cost-effective way of realising your green-fingered ambitions.
If you’re looking to invest in a greenhouse this spring, we've put together some top tips to choosing the best option for you…
Types of greenhouses
Walk-in: The traditional, freestanding style. Our heavy-duty walk in greenhouse has a plastic frame and cover that is easy to assemble.
Mini: Essentially a smaller version of a walk-in that can fit easily in the corner of your garden. Our pop up greenhouse is popular because it is so simple to put up and store away.
Shelving style: A taller unit that has a low profile and can accommodate multiple shelves is ideal for growing fruit and veg. These are less intrusive and can fit neatly against a wall in your garden or yard. Our HD tomato greenhouse is a perfect place to give tomatoes a head start without sacrificing too much space.
What to grow
Greenhouses and planters will allow you to extend the growing season in to the winter months. Additional warmth is most useful when you are starting your plants off – this is when they are most vulnerable. Controlling the environment will help them develop healthily. You simply have to ensure the soil is deep enough (so it won’t dry out) and the plants are not too cramped together (so they have space to grow).
Tomatoes, peppers, salad leaves and cucumbers will thrive in planters. Other vegetables, such as courgettes, will benefit from the warm environment when they are first planted, encouraging healthy growth and healthy yields.