My Patio Green House, Perfect For Growing Delicious Fruit And Veg
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
In the past, I used to love summer months. It gave me a chance to grab the shovel, fire up the hose and head out for some gardening. Of course, there was never a guarantee that the sky would stay bright enough for that. In the winter, the garden was also completely unusable. Either submerged in a foot of water or covered in snow. That’s why I bought and set up a patio greenhouse in my garden. Now it’s the perfect place for my bulbs to flower, all through the summer.
My Patio Greenhouse
I only have a small garden with a slim patio around the edge of the house. That’s why I chose a lean to patio greenhouse, perfect for even the most compact spaces. Mine leans against the right side of the shed in my back garden. This provides a little shade and a lot of warmth on the hottest or coldest days of the year. The patio greenhouse is not quite big enough to stand inside. But, it does have plenty of room for some of my plants to grow tall and strong. I’ve even had a sunflower in a pot, in the past. It grew straight to the roof.
The patio greenhouse was easy to install and setup, taking less than half a day. There’s space for rows of shelves. Or you can take them away to have ample space for taller plants. Currently, I have mixed and matched with tall plants on the left and smaller potted veg on shelves at the right.
The greenhouse is robust and sturdy, and I have never worried it might blow down. Over the years there have been quite a few storms, but the greenhouse has always remained stable. With a sturdy aluminium frame, i feel confident my greenhouse is going to last for years.
I love how easy it is to access as well. The greenhouse has sliding doors, perfect for bringing old plants out and putting new ones in. The top window also opens up to provide maximum ventilation although some rainwater will drip in when raining. But enough about the structure itself. Let’s talk about what’s really interesting!
What I Grow
Well first, I’m an allotment lover but without one, I’ve had to make do. The patio greenhouse has proved to be tremendously useful. Particularly, for growing tomatoes. I was a little worried they wouldn’t flourish, but I’ve had several good seasons of ripe tomatoes. They have been used for delicious salads through summer and sumptuous soups in the winter.
The patio greenhouse provides enough warmth and shelter for some other veg too. In the past, I’ve grown a few courgettes and some sweet corn. The greenhouse provides a perfect environment to harden them before planting them in the soil.
I’ve also grown a few pots of Hestia runner beans. I love these because when they grow, the plants are so bright and colourful. It really adds a lot of life and wonder to my little garden greenhouse.
Next year, I’ll try my luck using my greenhouse to grow some fruit, other than tomatoes! I’ll be sure to let you all know how it turns out.