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Greenhouse Tips

So you have finally decided to bite the bullet and get yourself a greenhouse here are a few practical bits of information to help you get started in the art of greenhouses.

Before you start

First things first. Take a good long look at your garden. Then think about these aspects:

* Measure the space you have to put a greenhouse up. Handy to know for when you are greenhouse shopping.
* Think of positioning. We aren't gardening experts here at Junkk.com, but according to our sources, a greenhouse should ideally be positioned so that the ridgeline of the roof lies east to west to ensure maximum exposure to the sun. in our terms, just make sure you don't put your greenhouse under a tree.
* Think of the foundation. Like your home, a greenhouse also needs foundations. The foundations ideally should be as level as possible. A common method of foundation making is to use flagstones. Make sure there is 6 inch overlap outside of the dimensions.
* Winds and bad weather. Even the best greenhouses can be made vulnerable if there is a storm. Make sure that there is some sort of shelter from the wind and the rain
* Accessibility. Popping your greenhouse at the bottom of the garden may not be the best idea if you need to check something on a dark winter night!
* Appearance. Many people like their greenhouse to blend in with their garden, so take note of the type of plants/colours you already have in your garden if your image conscious!

Common questions answered

What are the most common greenhouse styles?

There are various styles on the market; three popular ones are Traditional, Lean-to or Octagonal. The traditional greenhouse (freestanding) is the most popular. A lean-to greenhouse uses an existing wall as part of the structure. An octagonal greenhouse is a pretty looking feature to add to your garden, while it still has the practicality of housing plants.

What size greenhouse should I use?

This really depends how much space you have, and/or how many plants you intend to grow. A common compliant with gardeners is that their greenhouses are too small, so we would recommend in the largest size possible for your garden, and your budget.

What shall I use for a drainage system?

When laying your foundation, it is best to use slaps because they automatically supply a natural drainage system. If you use a block of concrete as your foundation instead, it may look nicer, but the water may form on top of the concrete, causing a slippery, potentially dangerous surface.

So a greenhouse isn't waterproof then?

Not entirely. Water can come from under the base, or there can be the occasional leak. Sometimes you may spill some water when watering the plants too. Hence why a drainage system is needed!

What if I mess up my foundation and its not absolutely level?

If your using concrete slaps, there is little to worry about. Once you have your greenhouse up, check for low slabs, and then fill the gaps with mortar. This is useful if your slaps are uneven or if they fall just two to three inches over the length.

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