The growing importance of the timber Greenhouse by Owen Chubb

The growing importance of the timber Greenhouse 

Greenhouses are invaluable for creating a protected growing environment for growing seedlings, and tender plants. However, there are many different kinds to choose from, so it is important to consider your growing requirements before deciding which greenhouse to purchase. 
Choosing the right the timber Greenhouse, Owen Chubb Landscapers

Choosing a Greenhouse 

Before deciding on which greenhouse to buy, there are many factors to be considered. A timber greenhouse is a very traditional and attractive greenhouse and although requiring only a small degree of annual maintenance, it is a uniquely natural and environmental choice for a greenhouse. 

Why use a Greenhouse? 

Growing in a greenhouse ie under glass is a very effective and efficient way to sow seed, raise seedlings and grow edible/ornamental plants. The internal growing conditions are very benign and ideal for growing a wide range of edibles which would not be feasible or possible outdoors. This capability delivers not only an earlier start and but also a later finish to the extended growing season. 
 
Greenhouses are also safe havens for overwintering tender garden plants which would otherwise not survive our cold damp winters. 
 
Increasingly gardeners are also choosing Greenhouses to use as a Garden Room, more reason to consider an exceptionally well made greenhouse. Whether a greenhouse is used exclusively for growing or a more blended range of uses, there is no doubt of the growing importance of the Greenhouse as a beautiful centrepiece. 

How and where to site a Greenhouse 

Greenhouses thrive on sunlight, the more the better. The best position to site a greenhouse is where it will receive continuous sunshine throughout the day. Although many prefer to choose a position based on an east-west axis, some will use a north-south orientation especially for growing summer crops like tomatoes where both long sides receive several hours of sunshine in the morning and afternoon. 

Timber the natural choice for a Greenhouse 

Wood is an attractive, traditional building material and better-suited to some garden styles. However, it needs periodic upkeep unless you specify more expensive and lower maintenance cedar-wood timber. Wooden frames tend to be bulkier than aluminium and can cast excessive shade inside the greenhouse. 

Shape and size matters 

Traditional criteria might suggest the bigger the more growing capacity and therefore the size argument wins. There are of course many practical aspects to be considered, sliding or hinged doors, single or double doors, gable or curtain wall entrances? Longer or wider, with/out Porch entrance. Glass is best but good ventilation is crucial. Height is also important (especially for taller gardeners) not just at the eaves but also ridge height, taller greenhouses (Planthouses) allow taller plants to be grown. A minimum eaves height should be 1.5m (5ft) and ideally 1.8m (6ft) or more. In Planthouses the eaves height would typically be 2.0m+. 
 
Bespoke side options will a choice of materials for base panels including glass, cedar and brick. The latter is especially useful as ‘storage heating’ effect and reduce heat loss in winter but more robust working area and reduced maintenance. Of course the main reason for choosing a brick wall will be the traditional beauty and classic combination of timber, glass and brick wall. 
Shape and size matter when choosing the right Greenhouse by Owen Chubb Landscapers, Dublin

Ventilation – more than just hot air 

It is vital that the greenhouse has sufficient ventilation and an easy way to regulate the internal air temperature. From our science classes, we all know hot air rises, and as it gathers in the ridge area, automatic ridge ventilation is best to allow this air to escape. Side vents are best for allowing cool air to enter and accelerate air movement. 

Tempered Glass 

Nothing transmits light quite like glass and unlike plastic materials, glass will not discolour or degrade in sunlight. Glass is not only more efficient in allowing more light to enter the greenhouse, it will also result in less loss of radiated heat within the greenhouse. Tempered (toughened) glass panes ensures that the user is protected in the event of any accidental breakages. 
 
Owen Chubb Garden Landscapes Limited is the Ireland Agent for Gabriel Ash Greenhouses. We offer a supply and installation service throughout Ireland (and Northern Ireland). All Gabriel Ash Greenhouses & Accessories are made with Western Red Cedar and come with a 10 year manufacturing warranty. The only timber greenhouses endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). 
Gabriel Ash Greenhouses from, Owen Chubb Landscapers, Dublin
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