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Our Favourite Things to Grow in Winter

Our Favourite Things to Grow in Winter

One of the nicest things about owning a greenhouse is the fact that you can garden all year around. There are a number of people which feel down and depressed in the winter season, and it is often attributed to the nights getting longer, it getting harder to wake up in the morning due to the mornings being darker, as well as being cold and miserable. You can quite easily stave off the winter blues by doing things you love- and gardening is an excellent way to focus on something productive in the winter season. All you need is a greenhouse – some greenhouse staging, and some ideas. We’ve got two of the three in abundance.

Do remember that your crops, even in a greenhouse, may need a little protection in the worst of winters- but given the right amount of protection, even something as foreboding as a Westerosi Winter won’t harm your crops.  We recommend sewing vegetables into cells to be sure everything’s okay, and when the bite is really in the air, covering over with fleece.



Things to Grow in Your Greenhouse This Winter: 

Onions

Onions are one of those vegetables that are very hard to dislike. Useful for a variety of food (homely winter lasagnas, stews, shepherd's pie and such, as well as winter salads) for a variety of seasons, onions are a solid choice for any gardener. (We recommend the "Electric” onion in particular because they’re a deep, beautiful red.)

Autumn planted onions are very easy to grow, and you don’t have to worry about your crops failing unless the direst of circumstances happens. Onions look after themselves, and you can enjoy some winter sun without worries.

Onions have a single drawback. They take quite a while to get going. Onions, typically, have quite a long planting season and you’ll need to plan around these rather carefully as when spring comes, you’ll have to work around your onions.







Shallots

It looks like an onion, tastes (a little bit..) like an onion, but a shallot is not an onion. Whereas onions, as a certain ogre once said so famously, have layers - shallots more resemble garlic bulbs inside. Shallots have become rather popular in recent years due to the fact that our palates have become a little more refined, healthy eating is on the rise, and there is currently a large boom for UK-grown shallots. A shallot, for those who do not know, has a milder taste. They’re also anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-allergic.

Shallots are typically planted from September to December, and you'll be able to harvest these next summer. 








Perpetual Spinach

This is a wonderful crop that you can take leaves from as and when you like without killing the plant, and then return to again and again. Spinach is a wonderful crop because it really doesn't take much to get going, is ready for harvest quite quickly compared to other plants, and even better - is capable of producing huge yields of leaves. Spinach is absolutely perfect for a variety of dishes, and is so good for you. Our favourite winter recipe involves spinach leaves accompanying scrambled eggs and tomatoes, for a punchy protein boost which is so delicious.

Word to the wise: When you’re growing spinach, do make sure to remove the flowers as soon as you see them. Like with most plants, flowers mean seeds are on the way.








Asparagus

Asparagus is a high-investment, high reward plant. You’ll need quite a bit of space for your asparagus crop to be successful, as well as a lot of time. 2 years worth of time, actually. The bad part over with, the rewards of asparagus are absolutely fantastic. From each plant you can expect up to 25 spears per year, and the average lifespan of the plant being 25 years. That’s a lot of asparagus.












Carrots

An old one, but a classic! Carrots are very versatile, very delicious, and useful in a variety of dishes. You can really taste the difference between a shop-bought carrot and a home grown one, and the fast-growing Adelaide variety of carrot is a classic. They can be sewn as early as November in the greenhouse, and as late as July outdoors. Highly recommended!

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Spring is In the Air

Hasn’t the time flown! Spring is inching closer and closer, and we’re noticing quite a bit of colour out, about and around. Despite two snows so far, we’re noticing quite a lot of daffodils popping their heads up – a sure sign that spring is coming. It’s not just the daffodils which are indicating that spring is on its way – the clocks are due to go back next week, the skies are getting lighter, and we’re starting to get quite a few enquiries for our stock!


As such, we’ve been working extra hard in our workshop in North Wales to produce new garden furniture, folding and heavy duty greenhouse staging in order to keep up with the demand. We’ve put together a small list of our essential items for the spring and summer season, so you can bring some much needed love to your garden for the warmer season.


Without further ado, here’s our list of the top garden products at Greenhouse Staging for 2018.

1 – Adirondack Chairs

Our range of Adirondack Chairs are doubly good for the environment, via the fact that they’re made from recycled plastic and can be recycled again. It’s becoming more and more apparent that plastic waste is a major worldwide problem, and certainly for us, last years’ Blue Planet didn’t leave us with dry eyes.

It is estimated that every year, 8 million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean, being eaten by fish and sea birds by mistake, and eventually killing them. When you look at your next garden set, do you want to see it in the ocean, years after you’re gone, or a guilt-free (and gorgeous!) garden chair set that you’re proud of? We’re betting it’s the latter.

2 – Banana Benches


For those looking for a traditional (but unique!) touch to their garden, we manufacture and produce a stunning banana bench from teak. This stylish bench is delivered fully assembled (ensuring no frustration with a drill!) and is long-lasting, to ensure that year after year, it will look its very best.

A small tip: After some years, it will take on a silvery hue due to the amount of oxidants in the air. Have no fear! Your banana bench can be brightened right up again with a generous application of teak oil.

3 – Vintage Marine Portholes


One of the very best things about spring for us is nautical styling. It’s just so cute and cheerful, and it’s not just for your clothing. Nautical themes look great at home and also in the garden, with the help of our own reclaimed porthole windows.

We don’t just manufacture garden furniture – while the majority of our stock is indeed crafted in our warehouse in North Wales, we do also source varying bits and bobs of interest – and our vintage portholes are certainly interesting. Whether you wish to use them externally or internally, they’re perfect for your garden – genuine, sturdy (and rather heavy!) you don’t have to worry about them taking off at the slightest gust of wind.  


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Happy New Year

We would like to wish all our customers Happy New 2018 from Mobek.
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What to Grow in Winter


The UK really doesn’t have the best in the way of weather. We’ve all grown up with wintry, cold and wet conditions, and these really aren’t the best for plant life. It’s no wonder why greenhouse gardening is as popular as it is – throughout the UK, many of us have utilised the greenhouse in order to grow bigger and better plants and vegetables all year around, from giving seedlings a head start to bringing in much-loved plants over the winter season.


Some of us might wonder how to best utilise a greenhouse in order to get use out of it year around. There’s plenty of winter veggies which you can grow throughout even the coldest months, allowing you to extend the season and reap the rewards – such as Winter Cabbage, Kale and Brussels Sprouts. It’s best to keep in mind that the yield for these crops will certainly be abundant and bountiful – and it pays to have excellent greenhouse staging which is built to take the strain.


Our heavy duty greenhouse staging is a perfect example – the quality is absolutely unparalleled as our stagings are built from start to finish by hand, right here in Wales. Furthermore, we build all greenhouse staging to order – ensuring that you can get a custom made staging which is perfectly suited to your greenhouse, allowing you to maximise the space you have.


Winter Salads are also an excellent options for growing over winter. There’s a lot to choose from, and enough to keep all forms of gardener busy. Common plants which are grown throughout the winter months include lettuce, land cress and mustard.


Salads really don’t have to be relegated to summer only when you have a greenhouse, and accompanied by carrots (the Adelaide variety is best to grow in winter, as it matures quickly and will give an exceptionally early crop) and pak choi (rich in vitamins A, and C, as well as being packed full of calcium and folic acid) we’re more than certain that the yield from your greenhouse throughout Winter will be just as high as throughout the warmer season.    



 

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Garden in September

The weather can vary somewhat this month, but no matter what the weather, the one thing we love to do is to be in the garden in September. Whether it’s weeding, dead-heading or planning any changes to the garden for next year, there is nothing more rewarding than taking in all your hard gardening work from earlier in the year. You will start to notice that the days are noticeably shorter and the nice warm temperatures of August are beginning to become a little chillier. But, don’t go packing away your gardening tools, mower and gloves just yet…

There are still plenty of jobs to do in your garden this month from fruit picking, tidying up your plot and garden and getting your greenhouse ready for next year...
Created On  20 Sep 2017 13:47  -  Permalink
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Beechgrove Garden

Our products have been featured on the gardening programme Beechgrove Gardens (Episode 3)



 

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