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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Greenhouse

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Greenhouse

For anyone interested in growing, or maybe those who are just dipping a toe into the world of gardening, a greenhouse is a very valuable asset. Have a read through these handy tips that will help to make your greenhouse successful whether you’re a seasoned pro or beginner.

Control the Humidity

Most plants prefer a humid environment so a humid greenhouse can be a very successful one. So increasing the humidity within the greenhouse can help to promote a nurturing greenhouse environment. By placing marble or stone chips on the floor underneath your plant benches you will be helping to keep your greenhouse humid – on dry days you can dampen them with water, and as the water evaporates over the course of the day it increases the humidity levels within the greenhouse.

Cover Up Your Plants

By covering some of your more heat-sensitive plants at night, you can help to prevent those plants from dying off in the cold. Covering them with a fleece style material helps to keep the temperature of the plants up to 2 degrees higher than without the fleece. Bubble wrap is a brilliant alternative to fleece.

Water Plants in the Evening

On those hot summer days, you might be under the misconception that it would be a good idea to water your plants continually throughout the day. Whilst people need to drink lots of water on hot and sunny days in order to keep functioning, plants, however, don’t quite work in the same way. By watering them during the day, you are giving your plants access to water that is going to evaporate before it has a chance to ‘drink its fill’, by watering in the evening, this gives the plants the chance to absorb as much water as possible, eliminating wastage.

Lookout for Pesky Pests!

Before you leave your greenhouse each evening, give it a once over and check for slimy trails or other obvious evidence of slugs and snails. These horrible little critters might look slow and unassuming, but they can do some real damage to your plants. There are several methods for dealing with the slimy creatures, the traditional salt method or the shop-bought slug pellets. If you prefer keeping things natural nematodes; naturally occurring micro-organisms often present within the soil can be added to the plant ecosystem.

Clean Greenhouse, Clear Head

If you make the effort to keep your greenhouse in good order you’ll find that spending time in your greenhouse will be more relaxing and enjoyable. Gardening is supposed to be a big stress-reliever, and going into a messy, cluttered greenhouse isn’t going to aid in the relaxation process.  


Created On  13 May 2019 15:30  -  Permalink
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How to Cope with a Small Greenhouse




In today’s culture of healthy eating and clean living, the importance of good food has never been more important. You may remember the days when growing your own food was a quite bohemian thing to do, or reserved for those with very little to do otherwise, but nowadays, people from all walks of life are getting into the idea of growing their own produce. Put simply, nowadays, there is a lot more awareness of where things come from, and the human cost of what we take for granted at the supermarket.


In the winter, it can be very difficult to source the sort of produce which is considered part of eating well, and there’s no simpler way than growing it yourself. Sprouting your own seeds and growing your own crops is a great way of ensuring that you can get a year-round supply of greens at a fractional cost – and also to ensure that you’re eating right and eating well.


Saying that, even the hardiest of vegetables simply won’t do well in Winter without the aid of a greenhouse. There are a number of greenhouses which are for sale across the UK, and they come in all forms – large, small and in-between. As such, it can be difficult sometimes to get the right staging solution for your greenhouse. We’re here to help with a variety of greenhouse staging- all hand-made and hand-treated in our workshop in Llysfaen, North Wales, using sustainably sourced wood which is also hand-treated to last year after year.


It really pays to invest in good greenhouse staging solutions, which include heavy duty greenhouse staging, potting benches and more. Greenhouse staging is purpose-built shelves which provide storage space for trays of seedlings through to giant pots and can be a real lifesaver when it comes to growing lots of plants in a very small space.


Put simply, repurposing old pallets or bits and bobs from around the house might be all well and good for the short term, but if you’re looking to get the most out of every single seed you plant and produce a year-long supply of fresh greens, you’ll want to make sure that conditions are as good as good can be – and that you can adequately organise your crops with the use of folding or heavy duty greenhouse staging.


Growing your own greens saves you time, travel costs and also shopping bills – as well as provides you with a great source of pride and the confidence that you really are eating well. You grew something from a seed, you’re more than aware of what exactly has been done to help it grow – and you’re also saving a ton of money at the same time.

It’s pretty well known that the food industry certainly doesn’t make it cheap to eat well, and investing in a greenhouse, adequate greenhouse staging and spending 5-10 minutes per day producing your cheap and simple to grow foods can help you eat well, for far less money than what you’d hand over on a typical week’s shopping.

Created On  28 Feb 2019 11:10  -  Permalink
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Gardening Tips For The Weekend

 

What’s the best thing about a weekend? Gardening, without question. There’s nothing better, we think, than wrapping up warm, getting out into your little space, and making progress. Gardening is quite unlike anything else by the virtue that a series of little jobs can cause fantastic results, and the satisfaction of getting these little jobs done is unlike anything else. A weekend is the perfect opportunity to get them done too – as after a workday it’s usually far too dark and far too cold to get any progress under your belt at all. As soon as you've got everything prepared to get things done, it feels as if you've already run our of time. 

November, contrary to what most people believe, affords a wealth of things to do in the garden, in terms of the greenhouse, the garden, and many more things.

There's a wealth of things to do - such as planting daffodil bulbs, as well as other spring flowering bulbs for gorgeous displays to herald in the spring. Otherwise, hyacinth bulbs do the job just as well – complimenting daffodils quite beautifully, we think. Should you wish for something ethereal and absolutely out of this world, consider purchasing, and planting, a magnolia tree. Magnolia flowers are at their best in the spring, and are an elegant, yet beautiful flower that we’re sure will bring you a lot of joy.

There’s a lot to do in the greenhouse, too. Take a good look at the condition of yourgreenhouse staging. While of course we’re sure that if you have purchased our heavy duty greenhouse staging or our folding greenhouse staging, you won’t be seeing any problems (all of our wooden greenhouse staging is treated, allowing it to stand strong year after year!) but should you be seeing any issues with your greenhouse staging, be sure to get replacements sorted out before spring comes and you’ll find yourself getting busier and busier in there.

You’ll find it to be a good task to insulate your greenhouse with sheets of bubble wrap in November too, before the really cold weather sets in. In bubble wrap forms an extra layer and insulates it pretty well – so you can avoid all of the heat loss you can. Solar lights are also a wonderful idea, allowing you to make the most out of your time to come in the garden.


Don’t forget about maintenance tasks too, you should be looking at cutting down perennial plants, and placing things where it once was in order to take full advantage of your newfound space. Tulips, or any suitable perennials or shrubs could fill in the gaps well.



Things to sow in November are as follows: Aquadulce Claudia (broad bean) Solent Wight (garlic) Globe Artichoke, Oregon Sugar Pod, and Valia-Winter Gem (lettuce) It’s the perfect time for all of these varieties of vegetables, and you’ll also want to get some seedlings going, once your greenhouse is prepared as well.

Created On  2 Nov 2018 16:16  -  Permalink
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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!

Created On  21 Sep 2018 10:37  -  Permalink
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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.  


Created On  20 Mar 2018 10:50  -  Permalink
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Happy New Year

We would like to wish all our customers Happy New 2018 from Mobek.
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