Freestanding And Lean-to GreenhousesWritten by Matthew Anthony
Whether a greenhouse is freestanding or attached (lean-to greenhouse) it is one of most popular types of garden buildings in use today. It is a self-contained structure in back garden or yard, which helps you grow what you want - flowers, vegetables, or fruits, when you want - in dry summers, winters and even during snow. It serves practical purpose of extending your garden and aiding your gardening hobby. A greenhouse can also add something to a property. For example, a beautifully built hardwood greenhouse also adds to beauty of your house or home.
Freestanding greenhouses and attached greenhouses (or lean-to greenhouses) are two main types of greenhouses that you can construct in your back garden or yard. The difference is fairly obvious. Freestanding greenhouses are independent structures. Attached greenhouses are precisely that – attached!. This means that attached greenhouses have advantages of instant water, heat and light from properties utilities. Also, they present no need to alter or disturb your landscaping. Freestanding greenhouses on other hand, require separate heating systems, water and electricity that may increase your initial expenses of setting up such a greenhouse. Freestanding greenhouses are generally preferred to attached greenhouses, as they pose no limitations on size, space and location. You do have more scope with a freestanding greenhouse.
Help Your Backyard Plants Get the Nutrients They NeedWritten by http://www.home-and-garden-decor.net
All plants require certain nutrients for good growth. Carbon and oxygen are taken in through leaves during photosynthesis, while rest of required nutrients normally are taken up through roots.
Most nutrients and water are taken up through very fine roots called root hairs. These are very small, but are extremely numerous and effective in nutrient uptake. The more soil roots are able to penetrate, more potential they have to contact needed nutrients and water. Therefore, providing a noncompacted, well-drained soil is important for optimum growth of most plant species.
These tips will help your plants develop healthy root systems for maximum nutrient uptake:
Do not work in your garden when soil is wet. Working soil when it is too wet causes compaction which makes soil particles clump together, reducing pore space between particles. This makes it more difficult for roots to penetrate soil and leads to reduced water infiltration and increased runoff. While it may be tempting on those warm early spring days to dig up garden, you should wait. The right time to work in your garden is when soil crumbles slightly when you squeeze it in your hand. Add organic matter to your soil. Organic matter is extremely important in improving soil structure and increasing pore space. Organic matter improves ability of soil to hold moisture during dry spells. Worms thrive on soil organic matter and are excellent at improving structure of soil through their tunneling activities. Also, their castings or excrement is an excellent source of plant nutrients. Compost and peat moss are both excellent sources of organic matter.