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Gardening is seen as a chore and a source of frustration for some people. But for many, it is a source of great pride, tranquillity, and joy. There is a deep satisfaction to connect with nature and to be surrounded by it.
“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden,” observed Thomas Jefferson. And if that is so, then the natural extension is found in the words of 18th century English poet William Cowper: “Who loves a garden, loves a greenhouse too.”
A range of configurations
Whether it be a small tenement lot or an expansive country garden, a range of greenhouse configurations is available. It may be either installed as a free-standing structure or attached to a wall as a lean-to-type affair.
Regardless of garden size and layout, a look at a UK greenhouse supplier such as Halls will provide an idea of what is possible.
Provide a protected environment
By design, a greenhouse offers a greater degree of protection for growing and housing plants. It will not only provide a wind-resistant shelter, but it can also shield plants and seedlings, which may struggle in unprotected conditions, from temperature extremes such as frosts and heatwaves.
The ability to regulate ventilation, heating, and sunlight entry permits a greater degree of control over unexpected or unseasonal weather conditions.
Grow a greater diversity of plants
For lovers of more exotic plant species, a greenhouse installation offers a controlled environment beneficial to the growing of a range of warmer climate plants and vegetables. It permits the maintenance of a warmer, humid environment in which ‘out of region’ plants will thrive.
The move to self-sufficiency
With many people moving to a greater degree of self-sufficiency, the greenhouse is a must-have asset. The controlled environment greatly assists the cultivation of a range of vegetables and herbs. A further benefit is the ability to extend the natural growing season of many plants, with year-round growing achievable with some types of plants.
Protection from pests and predators
As well as providing a controlled environment, the enclosed structure excels as a protection against a variety of pests and predators – ranging from insect species to birds and larger predators such as mice and moles. For less hardy plant varieties, or younger plants, which may be particularly vulnerable to insect infestation or bird attack during their growth period, the greenhouse is a sanctuary that reduces the need for reliance on pesticides and less environmentally means of pest control.
A greenhouse is a peaceful sanctuary
Whilst the benefits the greenhouse offers in the growing of plants and vegetables are clear, there is another important benefit. The greenhouse is simply a peaceful and satisfying place to be. As those who enjoy pottering about the garden will attest, working in the greenhouse on a pleasant, sunny day – or even just pulling up a comfy garden chair and quietly reading a good book – is quite simply nourishment for the soul.