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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.

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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.

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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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