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Lars Lund

08 Sep 2020 14:33

Greenhouse tips from England

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This summer I have spent a lot of my holiday in England. England is known for its romantic gardens and I have visited about 10 of those. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but a garden walk in an English garden can easily take 6-8 hours.

During spring I will write about some of the best tips from the English gardens. Tips that might inspire you to use your fall decorating a new flowerbed or a corner in the garden. For now, you need to settle for a few moments focussing on greenhouse interior designs. One of my visits was at the famous horticulture fair Hampton Court Flower Show. There I tried to collect tips for the greenhouse garden.

 

Decorations in front of the greenhouse

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

The arrangements in the greenhouse also depend on the surroundings. A box of perennials by the greenhouse is just as important as a pot of flowers by the main entrance of the house. 

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

Or maybe a box or bed of flowers by the greenhouse lengthwise.

You can also hang up plants.

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

The tomatoes in the growbag to the right are on a support with pipes vertically and horizontally. You can make your own of water pipes or tent poles. The growbag to the left has a plastic support which reminds of the support to the right, but the horizontal pipe on this one has small notches to hold the staking support.

 

Shadow

Every year we worry about providing shadow for the plants. When the sun is shining full throttle there is not much in either the garden or greenhouse that can provide shade.                                                                                               

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

There are many ways to hang a shade net. Here the net is hanging from a water pipe in the ceiling and lengthwise, so it is easy to adjust.

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

The more advanced version is blinds.

 

Something for the small ones

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Early spring many small plants need protection during the night. Crocus.co.uk have developed these small greenhouses which you can also make yourself if you are creative.

 

The big brother

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

The bigger version is garden frames. Here in a long row. They are simple to make from old tiles and windows, and what is grown in it won’t take up space in the big greenhouse.

 

Sandpit

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

If you are tired of growing tomatoes and cucumbers, you can just decorate your greenhouse and grow lyme grass while you dip your toes in the warm sand and drink a Pepsi.

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

Plants can be arranged in many ways. For example, in a small wheelbarrow.

 

Water tub

Photo: Grøn Kommunikation

 

Fortunately, collecting rainwater has become popular. Most collect water in barrels but in this garden, it is collected in a water tub. In some cases, they are easier to access especially if you have to irrigate a lot of plants fast.

Om Lars Lund

Lars Lund
Danish horticulturist and journalist
Lars Lund has for many years engaged in the garden and greenhouse. Lars has published many books about greenhouses, and he has participated in many Danish horticultural TV shows. He is a walking garden encyclopaedia, and he has answers for most basic cultivation questions – also the more ambitious ones.  

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