Every gardener wants a greenhouse, but just what exactly are they used for? A greenhouse in the garden offers a whole new dimension to the garden. Different gardeners use them in different ways. Greenhouses have been used for decades by gardeners to extend the growing season at both ends, to cultivate and grow more tender […]
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GREENHOUSE & GLASSHOUSE MANUFACTURER HARTLEY BOTANIC PROVIDES SOME HANDY WAYS TO ECONOMISE ON YOUR HEATING THIS WINTER Historic Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has been helping its customers make the most out of their beautiful, handmade structures for over 80 years. Founded in 1938, the company is one of Britain’s oldest and most trusted […]
– Brand New & First In The UK – Better For The Environment Hartley Botanic have always been innovators in Greenhouse and Glasshouse technology. They were the first to bring UK gardeners aluminium Greenhouses and Glasshouses and have pioneered unique developments including a ‘clearspan’ design, the elimination of glass to glass or glass to metal […]
There’s an Instagram-fueled boom in houseplants today, which means I’ve come back into fashion for a while. This tends to happen to me every few decades if I just keep doing what I’ve always done. I come from gardening people, who tend also to be houseplant people. Even in the middle of winter, we’ve always […]
Exciting new plant introductions come on the market every year. And yet, how do we, as home gardeners, know what’s real and what’s fakery, put up by fraudsters who will prey on our desire to grow the latest offering? Wouldn’t that purple-leaf tropical vine look great in the greenhouse? How about a pink-flowering weeping willow? […]
I usually write ‘you need a warm greenhouse for such or such a plant’. Annoyingly in this genus the species you really want, well they really need a hot tall palm house to succeed. Amongst the most impressive displays coming from the tropics the majority of Heliconias are awkwardly a bit on the large size […]
Early October is the time to check that your glasshouse, so it is ready when temperatures drop. Pick the last of your last tomatoes, sweet peppers and chillies and ripen them on a sunny windowsill or in a paper bag with a ripe banana or pear (the already ripe fruit will produce ethylene will ripen […]
Towards the middle of the month, you won’t be able to escape from the pumpkin! They’ll be festooned outside shops everywhere and, by the end of October, they’ll be blackened by candle soot and perched limply on walls, following the Halloween revels. We think of this festival as an American custom. However the tradition of making […]
Gardens are made of memory: of people, places, plants and all that nature offers us in such bounty that we do our best to hold it close in our personal spaces. This September, as I look out on my start-up prairie, formerly known as the front lawn, I remember a person who had more impact […]
Our greenhouse has produced its first melon! In fact we have two, from our three plants…but never mind that shocking lack of productivity. We are delighted with ourselves anyway. Melon growing in the UK is clearly not going to be keeping any wolves from any doors, but it is still a thrill to have produced […]
In New England, heating a greenhouse in winter makes the difference between being able to grow citrus trees or tropical herbs and flowers versus growing only plants that can tolerate cold and even an occasional freeze. For many greenhouse owners in northern climates, growing the tropical and semi-tropical options is just too tempting. This means […]
Are you confused about compost? Jean Vernon unravels the mystery If you watched the ITV documentary last month about garden centres, you could be forgiven for being confused about compost. In fact compost is one of the most misunderstood subjects in gardening and that’s mostly because of what we call it. There are two totally […]