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Buying a Greenhouse (5)

What is the purpose of having a greenhouse?

Greenhouses are good for extending the growing season at both ends and protecting your plants from the cold weather. They shelter your plants from the cold, rain, heat, and pests.


What does a Greenhouse do? Greenhouses work by trapping natural sunlight as thermal energy, using their transparent walls and roof. Objects inside the Greenhouse are heated, and guarded from the external elements.


What is a Greenhouse used for? People use Greenhouses to grow their own produce, which has only increased in popularity in recent years. Growing your own food means a smaller carbon footprint, better taste, and fresh organic produce.

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Do you need planning permission for an orangery?

When building an orangery, you are usually not required to seek planning permission. It is classed as a permitted development, similar to a conservatory, and is subject to the same building regulations and guidelines. As long as you build within these rights, planning permission for an orangery is not necessary.


An orangery is a more affordable option compared to an extension, mostly due to the materials used. The overall cost per square meter of an orangery is generally cheaper than a single-story extension, depending on which style and design features you opt for.

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Do you need planning permission for a Greenhouse?

Planning consent is not always needed for Glasshouses or Greenhouses which are intended solely for domestic use. However, there are many circumstances where planning permission will be required, such as for listed properties and national parks.


You may also need permission if the Greenhouse will be disproportionately large in relation to your existing property, for example when building one of our bigger Victorian-style Greenhouses. As instances will vary widely from customer to customer, we recommend you check this with your local planning authority.


We have many Heritage, Modern, Custom Made, and Victorian Greenhouse structures that fall under different levels of planning permission, depending on size. Get in touch with us now to discuss your options.

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How can I maximize space in a small greenhouse?

If you’ve opted for a small greenhouse, there are plenty of ways you can maximize your space to have the best growing experience possible.


To begin with, every bit of space counts, so make sure you’re aware of how much area you have available for you to use.


If you’re looking to optimise your space, consider adding greenhouse accessories. Whether it be high level shelving or aluminium staging and shelving, you immediately gain space to pot your favourite plants.


Another main way to maximize your space in small greenhouses is to create a schedule and plan ahead. If it’s possible, focus on having your greenhouse at full capacity as often as you can. By doing this, you know when things will be fully grown and when you can add more plants.

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Are there different sizes of Victorian greenhouses?

There are different sizes of Victorian greenhouses available. Often, Victorian style greenhouses are quite large due to their impressive features.


However, you can get small Victorian greenhouses or a Victorian mini greenhouse. Size and construction materials can vary, and it is all dependent on the individual’s garden tastes.


Here at Hartley Botanic, our traditional greenhouse style can be adapted and customized to meet any personal requirements you may have.  We have a huge variety of Victorian greenhouse sizes available for you to choose from.


Here are some of the styles and sizes we have to offer:

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Greenhouse Maintenance (5)

How do you build a greenhouse misting system?

Greenhouse misting systems are a perfect way to care for your plants. Although they can be bought, you always have the option to build one yourself.


While you don’t need many materials to create a misting system, you do need to ensure you have a plan before going into the building stages.


Here are some top tips on building a greenhouse misting system for a small greenhouse.


  • Make sure all your parts fit together and check the measurements. You don’t want to reach the installation stage to find out your parts don’t fit.
  • Focus on your water source. Check that a tube adaptor will fit, that the pressure control is appropriate and how far you’ll place the tap from your greenhouse.
  • Create the misting system based on what plants you are growing and the climate.
  • Having a misting system is not a substitute for having good ventilation. Before you create a misting system, ensure you have strong ventilation.


To build a small greenhouse misting system, you first need to place a filter (ideally mesh) onto the tap. Once you’ve screwed the adapter onto the tap, push the “barbed” end into the tube and make sure it fits properly.


Then, you need to run tubing from the tap along your greenhouse or shelving. It is best to attach a few zip ties on the way to keep everything in place. When this is done, add your end cap to the end of your water supply tubing.


Wherever you’re hoping to insert a nozzle, cut the tubing, insert the compression fittings you have chosen and press in a nozzle at the bottom of each compression fitting.


Finally, you’re ready to turn on the water. You must turn the water on slowly to ensure you have the correct water pressure for the nozzles.

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How do you maintain a small greenhouse?

A small greenhouse is an exciting addition to any garden, but maintenance should be done regularly to create the perfect environment for whatever you choose to grow.


By cleaning, disinfecting and sweeping your greenhouse, you are sure to keep pests away and have a controlled area. It is also important to deal with any weeds and remove any plants that develop diseases, as they can be transferred around your greenhouse very easily.


One of the best ways to maintain your small greenhouse is by undertaking daily observations. This way, you can be on the lookout for any pests or see any areas that need an urgent clean.

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How much ventilation does a small greenhouse need?

Ventilation is crucial to controlling the temperature and managing humidity levels inside your small greenhouse. By having a good amount of greenhouse ventilation, you provide your plants with the nourishment they require to survive.


The easiest way to ventilate a greenhouse is by having roof or side vents that provide regular cooling air changes throughout. The standard rule is, for every 50 sq ft of floor area, you should aim to have ten sq ft of ventilation.

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How would you change the broken glass in the door of a greenhouse?

To replace broken glass on our doors – Simply remove the infill strip in the center of the glazing capping. This will expose the stainless-steel screws securing the capping to the door which clamps the glass in place. With the screws removed the capping will pull away allowing the glass pieces to be removed. Re-installation is a reversal of the removal process.

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Heating a Greenhouse (5)

Do mini Greenhouses protect from frost?

Mini-Greenhouses are great protectors against frost during winter. Many growers use Greenhouses to protect their plants from the elements over the colder months, including frost and other harsh conditions.


Temperatures are typically around five degrees higher inside a mini-Greenhouse, keeping your plants from freezing.


You may want to consider further artificial ways of heating your mini-Greenhouse, particularly during an extreme winter or if you have plants that prefer a warmer climate.

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What can you grow in a greenhouse over winter?

It’s simple and easy to use an unheated Greenhouse during winter. By using heating or artificial light, many species of plants can grow in a Greenhouse during the winter months.


Most Greenhouses are used to protect plants from the effects of low temperature during winter – the heat-trapping materials ensure that your plants are protected from cold weather and harsh conditions, while also continuing to grow. This, when combined with other sources of artificial heating, means Greenhouses often work well in winter.


The specific plants and vegetables that can be grown in a Greenhouse over winter depend on your location, the size, and the level of heating of your Greenhouse.

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Why should you put bubble wrap in a greenhouse?

Gardeners add bubble wrap to their greenhouses primarily to add another layer of insulation. Bubble wrap retains any valuable heat from the day, which can be used to protect against frost at night.


It is important to remember, however, that bubble wrap retains heat. So, during the warmer months, it is critical to monitor the conditions inside your greenhouse to avoid any plants wilting.

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When should you remove bubble wrap from a greenhouse?

The decision to remove the bubble wrap from your greenhouse is a personal one that is influenced by the weather, the temperature inside, and the condition of the plants.


Bubble wrap acts as insulation and is therefore ideal for keeping heat in the greenhouse during the colder seasons to grow winter vegetables. During the warmer months, however, the insulation may cause an imbalance in the humidity inside your greenhouse, causing plants to rot or wilt.


Another reason to remove bubble wrap from your greenhouse is when you need to clean it. By removing the wrap, you will be able to thoroughly clean all of the corners as well as any shelves or staging you may have.

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How do you heat a small greenhouse?

There are a few methods you can use when it comes to heating a small greenhouse. For example, having a controlled electric heater is a good option. However, you would need to ensure your greenhouse has mains electricity to power it.


As well as electric options, there are more cost-efficient methods such as heat sinks and having proper insulation. By effectively insulating your greenhouse, you can reduce the loss of any heat and improve the general structure.

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Preparing the site for a Hartley Greenhouse (5)

Do you measure and install the greenhouse on two levels?

Yes, we would visit site, measure, and prepare a quotation for you. If you then placed an order our technical office would visit to take accurate measurements to enable us to prepare detailed drawings for the base to be built. We would then install the greenhouse onto your pre-prepared foundations.

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How do I decide where to site my new greenhouse?

When deciding where to place a greenhouse, basic considerations are good light and shelter from strong winds. Ensure the ground drains easily and is level. If water and power services will be required, make sure these are laid on prior to the arrival of the greenhouse, or make schedule to lay them on later.

All too often greenhouses are relegated to neglected corners of the garden, whereas to be used effectively, the distance from the property should be minimized, so you can simply “pop into the greenhouse” easily. Make sure to have the door closest to the house if possible. Running the ridge “east to west” is recommended to allow maximum light into the greenhouse.

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This is the style I am interested in https://hartley-botanic.com/product/victorian-lodge-coldframes-us/, I am going to build the greenhouse on a hillside. You know the framework of the greenhouse is metal, I am wondering how to make sure the greenhouse is lightning safe. Do I need to install a rob? Or simply have it grounded is enough? Or is the greenhouse lightning safe in nature (aka, does it work just as a Faraday cage in this case). It would be deeply appreciated if your company can share some material with me to improve its lightning safety when I am preparing the site. Thanks in advance.

Being of highly conductive Aluminium, Hartley Greenhouses would readily conduct lightning to ground if struck.  Additionally, the larger Victorian structures are anchored with steel or stainless steel rods at the main frame positions and these route either partially or fully down through the wall (as on a Victorian Lodge – 8 positions).  As we have no recorded instance of one of our structures ever being hit, we cannot give any estimate of the likely damage that would occur should this happen.  A lightning rod may reduce the likelihood of severe damage, but as we have no established product in this area, sourcing, installation and maintenance would be entirely the owners responsibility.  We cannot advise that a Hartley Glasshouse be used as a safe haven during an electrical storm, but being inside would be better than no shelter at all as long as contact with the metalwork is avoided.  For more information on safe havens please follow this link http://www.growingformarket.com/articles/lightning-safety

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Delivery (2)

How long does it take for my order to be made and delivered?

Every greenhouse is made to order, delivery time depends on size of greenhouse and time of year. In order to estimate the delivery time for your desired greenhouse model, please contact the Hartley team.

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Can you deliver abroad?

We deliver and install Glasshouses and Greenhouses all over the world. In fact, we have delivered and installed in over 20 Countries in the past two years. We welcome enquiries, which would usually be dealt with by our UK Sales team. Get in touch with [email protected] for more information.

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Existing Hartley Botanic greenhouses (2)

How can I open a stuck greenhouse lock?

If the lock was last used some time ago the bolt may have become stuck due to moisture, debris, corrosion etc. We would suggest a penetrating / water dis-placing oil applied liberally into the lock mechanism. This should release the lock.

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