There is another less often recognized, advantage, in that a greenhouse allows a gardener with mobility problems to garden at table height in warm conditions.
Plants can be raised to a convenient height for the gardener in a greenhouse.
Simple greenhouse staging, either home made or bought for the purpose, will create an environment in which a disabled gardener can enjoy all the pleasures of gardening without having to bend or stretch or get chilled.
A greenhouse can become a favorite place to sit and enjoy the rest of your garden, and on a cold winter day the greenhouse will keep the wind off, providing a sheltered spot to give some thought to next year's plans.
Of course exactly how you use your greenhouse will depend on your own personal preferences.
In addition to growing vegetables you can create beautiful displays of flowers and alpines on benches covered with gravel.
Although it may seem strange to grow plants that are essentially hardy in a greenhouse, it does make sense as alpines hate to get wet.
They are used to being frozen all winter but will not survive damp conditions. Their flowers are often small and can best be appreciated when placed on a bench.
Summer bedding plants and vegetable seeds can be raised in an unheated greenhouse. So if you want to avoid paying those high prices for ready grown plants a greenhouse is definately the answer.
You will find that you can grow many more plants from a packet of seeds than you could afford to buy. Your garden will become a riot of color as you experiment with new annual bedding schemes, hanging baskets and planters.
Today, greenhouses and sunrooms are real living spaces where gardeners spend as much time with a book and a cup of coffee as they do with a watering can and a pair of pruning shears.
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