Frequently Asked Questions
Why have a Greenhouse?
- Control over your own food supply – fresh, organic, pesticide free food in your own backyard.
- No packaging – packaging contributed literally tons of waste every year contaminating our environment and filling up landfills.
- Sustainability – you grow your plants, return the leftovers to the soil and grow again. No packaging, no chemicals, no carbon footprint.
- Money Saving – once you are growing successfully you will no longer need to shop for fresh vegetables.
- Protection of your garden – no harsh wind, significantly reduced water consumption.
Common Greenhouse Questions
What do I need?
All you really need is enough space in your backyard. The greenhouse will be installed for you and there are a number of optional extras that we recommend.
What are the optional extras?
Our most important recommendation is regarding the soil. Unless you have great soil (and most of us in the Western Cape do not) we suggest that along with the greenhouse you order some high quality organic soil. This will ensure that your plants have the best chance of thriving. A good quality soil is essential for plants to absorb all the vital nutrients they need to grow and later for us to consume.
We also have a number of available options to expand the available growing area. Hanging baskets and clip-on troughs (see below) are all ways in which to maximise the space in the greenhouse.
Heirloom seedlings, seeds and some larger plants are also available.
Will having a greenhouse save me money?
If you already have a vegetable garden then you know how much water you need. Having a greenhouse significantly reduces the water usage, as it is not being constantly evaporated by the wind and sun. A greenhouse is a closed system and the warm, humid environment promotes speedy growth as well as happy, protected plants.
Of course you will also be producing your own food for the table, which means fewer trips to the grocery store!
What can you grow in the greenhouse?
Well, that’s up to you! We have had much success with Tomatoes, Chilli, Basil, Cucumbers, Carrots, Beetroot, Beans, Lettuce, Rocket and lately Oyster Mushrooms! Pretty much anything can grow in the greenhouse, you just have to decide what you want to plant and keep in mind how large it is going to grow.