The Basics of Greenhouse Gardening

Now that the winter months are here, you may think that you are ready to finish gardening over the coming months.

You’ve done the final tidy up before winter and swept up all the leaves that Autumn dropped.

If you want to continue growing vegetables and other plants, start greenhouse gardening. If you have never owned a greenhouse before, it is important to know the basics of maintaining one.

First, you will need to invest in a greenhouse, so take a look at the options on SW Greenhouses. Once you have bought one, here are the basics of greenhouse gardening.

 

Soil, Air, Light and Space

When you are choosing a position for your greenhouse, try to select a location where the sun shines on it fully as this cuts down on the need for extra winter heat.

You are best off choosing plants which don’t require a huge amount of upkeep and ones that aren’t likely to be struck by disease.

Make sure that you use soil that is rich in nutrients to maintain the health of your plants.

You should keep the space well ventilated so it is not at risk of being struck down by fungi, mildew and diseases. Give your plants plenty of room to grow. A good rule of thumb is not to let leaves of adjacent plants touch each other.

 

Growing Temperature

You should aim to avoid extremes and sudden changes of temperature in the growing area as much as possible.

On warmer winter days, you may need to provide more ventilation for your plants. Warm weather always needs maximum ventilation. During the winter months, a temperature of 7 and 10 degrees is what you should be aiming for.

Remember that cooler temperatures favour a wider range of flowers and vegetables, so this is a good guideline unless you are growing tropical plants.

 

Food and Water

When it comes to watering, you need to strike a balance between not letting your plants go dry while also not watering them at too rigid times.

Check the pots often and water them thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch. Supplementary feeding shouldn’t really be necessary as long as the plants are kept in good-quality soil.

 

Attitudes and Insects

If you find that a plant suddenly becomes infested with aphids, take it out of the greenhouse and rinse it off thoroughly.

Keep it isolated and under observation before you attempt to reintroduce it to the greenhouse environment. If the problem returns, it is likely to be time to get rid of it.

Don’t expect your greenhouse to be totally free of pests as this would be unnatural.

 

Summer Cleanout

When the summer finally rolls around again, you should de-clutter the place and empty out the greenhouse for a thorough clean and drying out period. This will help you to make a fresh start once autumn returns.

 

There you have the basics of greenhouse gardening, a wonderful way of continuing your gardening hobby through the cooler months.

Can Curb Appeal Improve House Value?

The new home-improvement trend that has been popping up everywhere has been this idea of curb-appeal, but does curb appeal improve house value?

But what exactly does that mean?

It’s the way that your house looks to outsiders. Does your house look as attractive on the outside as it does on the inside? When decorating, most people focus on the jobs that need doing to the rooms in the house, and maintenance that needs to be done in there as well.

But where having a new kitchen will help you sell your house or attract tenants, if the outside doesn’t match, then they could as easily be put off. So, does curb appeal improve house value or does it not make a difference?

 

Garage

can garage improve curb appeal of a house?

The garage is usually the family dumping ground, but it can easily be organised into storage, a workshop or a whole host of other things.

It can also need some outside TLC. Does the door need a lick of paint? Perhaps it needs replacing altogether. Garage doors can come with a large price tag, but they also tend to come with a lengthy warranty too. Shop around and invest in something that is practical and looks good.

Ours is starting to fall apart and the paint is peeling off the front. We’re investing in a brand new one that should make the garage look a lot more attractive too.

 

Driveway

Is it littered with weeds? Has it been the same cracked concrete since the 80s? On a practical level, having a well-tended and level driveway will help you save money on the wear and tear of your car.

A resin driveway can keep things level and easy to care for. No weed will be popping its head through it, and no cracks are going to appear. It’s worth having a look around and finding the right choice for you.

Resin is at the top of my list when we redo the drive! It’s so practical and looks lovely.

 

House

curb appeal improve house value?

Stand back and have a good look at the front of your house as if you’re looking at it for the first time. Is it in need of a paint job?

Classic brick houses tends to not need painting, but any gutters, wooden edges and window frames may still need a brush or two. And if you have a house that needs an allover facelift then look into hiring someone to do it for you. That way you know the materials will be the right ones for the job, and that no mistakes are going to be made.

 

Garden

If you’re blessed with a front garden, then care for it. When we bought our house, our garden was so overgrown, but we saw past that and the potential that it had. 

Keep the grass trimmed, weeds pulled and flowers pruned. Maintaining a garden is only as complicated as you want to make it. You can plant low-maintenance plants. Encourage ladybirds and bees so your garden will flourish on its own.

tidy garden improves curb appeal and house value

Gutters

While you’re painting your house, check out your gutters. Are they clogged? With autumn in full swing, chances are that piles of leaves have gathered.

Clear them out in a safe and kind manner. There are some who use jet washers to blast the gunk out of the gutters. Be careful with this method as birds often make nests in these cosy areas.

Proceed with caution and if you do find a nest that you need to remove, call your local wildlife charity who will advise you on how best to handle the situation.

When we come to sell our house in a few years’ time, the bit I’ll be looking at most importantly is the exterior. I believe curb appeal can improve house value and is the first thing potential buyers will see. So get rid of those weeds ASAP!