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Greenhouse Cleaning Tips You Need to Know

A greenhouse can be a lovely space in which to grow your favorite plants. However, growing several plants in a small space can result in a mess. They might also attract pests over time. That’s why it’s a good idea to clean your greenhouse on a regular basis.

The following tips will help you do so more effectively. Keep them in mind to keep your greenhouse as clean as possible.

Start with an Inspection

Don’t start cleaning your greenhouse right away. You should inspect it thoroughly first to prepare the space.

For instance, you may find loose debris or items in certain areas. Removing them first makes those spots easier to clean later. After periods of harsh weather, you might also find signs of minor damage that need to be addressed first before you can begin cleaning the greenhouse.

Choose the Right Time

Cleaning  a greenhouse is much easier when there are no plants inside of it. Thus, if possible, you may want to clean it during a time of year when you can safely remove the plants from the space.

Consult with a gardening expert if you’re not sure what time of year that might be. This also gives you an opportunity to replace the soil (as old soil may contain pathogens). Consider washing all your pots and containers before placing them back in the greenhouse as well.

Clean the Inside and the Outside

When cleaning your greenhouse, rinse the outside gently with a garden hose. If you are worried about an insect infestation, you might also want to apply a product designed to ward them off. Experts at your garden center can recommend one.

You should also gently rinse the floor of your greenhouse, and scrub any dirty surfaces clean. If there is substantial debris on the floor, sweep it away before rinsing it.

Make Sure it is Ventilated

Fungal diseases may affect your plants if your greenhouse isn’t properly ventilated. Thus, you need to ensure any openings to your greenhouse aren’t blocked by other large barriers or structures. Keep them open relatively often to allow for thorough ventilation. This is particularly important to keep in mind when cleaning, but it’s something worth remembering all throughout the year.

Following these tips and practising basic upkeep will help you make the most out of your greenhouse for years to come. Of course, if you’re ever in the market for a new one, we at Kirton Sectional Buildings will gladly supply it. Get started today by browsing your options on our website.

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From Garden Houses to Conservatories: Ways to Add Value to Your Home

We all know just how stressful it can be to sell your home. Research consistently shows that moving home is one of the most stressful life events we can experience. In fact, it’s often polled as being more stressful than going through a divorce! An astonishing 40% of homeowners asked said that they found moving home the most stressful life event of all. Much of this angst stems from the length of time it takes to get your house sold, dealing with the buyers and getting the right price.

With that in mind, it’s crucial for your own peace of mind to do everything you can to speed up the house-selling and buying process to reduce the stress involved with the move. A great way to initially reduce the stress of selling your home is to take care of the little things that can make a difference. First of all, take some time out well in advance of moving to clear a big chunk of your unnecessary items out into storage, charity shops or by selling them. Doing this over a long period of time will reduce the amount of effort it will take when it comes time to sell.

Once that’s out of the way, you should do as much as possible to prepare your house for the sale. This means completing tasks like repainting and decorating any deteriorating parts of the home, thoroughly cleaning all of the carpets and floors before any photos are taken and tackling any small DIY jobs that still need doing. Your home should be as ship-shape as possible before you get it valuated and certainly before any photos are taken. You’ll want to cut the lawn as well and make sure that you’ve upgraded your windows to double glazing and possibly consider improving your insulation.

However, if you really want to eke out the most value of your home. There are some great additions that can be made in the garden and in the property. These will take some more investment, however, they can all lead to thousands, or even tens of thousands, of pounds of value being added.

Garden Summer Houses Are a Great Addition

The garden is our speciality here at Kirton Sectional Buildings, so we’ll start there. By installing a large timber summer house, you can greatly improve the value, practicality and fun of your home. Primarily, these buildings in the garden create more space for your family and friends to enjoy in the summer months. When just one extra room would make a huge amount of difference to your home, having an extra building out in the garden can come in handy as a space for hobbies, a growing teenager or for valuable storage space.

When placed at the end of a beautiful garden, summer houses provide both the aesthetic appeal and practicality which will instantly add some value to your home and incentivise a potential buyer to go for your property. As your property will have a new USP and more space, it will get a boost on the market and make it a much more attractive prospect. Particularly for families, it’s essential for them to know they’ll have the room to continue growing into their home. When choosing a timber structure, you’ll also know that you’re doing your bit for the environment rather than going through an extensive construction process.

Other Garden Buildings To Consider

If you like the idea of a garden summer house, but you don’t have the space or budget to accommodate something quite as large, there are plenty of other garden buildings which can also make your home more attractive for buyers and bump up the price.

First of all, consider a simple shed at the end of your garden and how that can also add some much-needed storage space for you and any potential buyers. If your property doesn’t have a shed already, this is certainly a great place to start.

If you’ve got green fingers, you could also consider a greenhouse or a potting shed. These buildings out in the garden allow you to grow your own fresh vegetables, greens and fruit as well as the ability to have beautiful fresh-cut flowers all year. Greenhouses create a much warmer atmosphere which means that you can grow plants that you wouldn’t usually be able to in our mild climate and that the plants you do grow won’t be attacked by pests. Having this additional space can be a great benefit for a number of buyers and can help to drive up the price if you’re willing to leave it at the home when you move.

The Benefits of Home Extensions

If you’ve got a bit more money to spend and you want to significantly increase the value of your home by potentially thousands or tens of thousands of pounds, then it’s definitely worth considering extending your property. Of course, the main benefit of extending your home is the added space that it affords you. You could extend your home and then create an open plan kitchen and dining area to add an element of luxury to your property.

By extending your property, you can create a space that has your own stamp on it or make it as versatile as possible for the next family who moves in. By being smart with your extension, you can create a blank canvas for the next family to put their stamp on. An extension will most certainly add plenty of value to your property, however, they do come at a much higher price than a summer house!

Why Not Choose a Loft or Basement Conversion?

Similarly to a home extension, a new loft or basement conversion will also add much more space to your home and, therefore, more value. There’s so much versatility when it comes to loft and basement conversions; they can become any kind of room you want them to, whether that’s a shower room or a playroom for the kids.

Conversions generally come at a cheaper price to a full home extension, take less time and sometimes don’t require planning permission. As they’re less intrusive and less expensive, they’re often the first port of call for those looking to make more space in their home. By not taking away any of the garden space in the way an extension would too, you might also be able to get a garden summer house in there as well!

Renovations and Upgrades Elsewhere in The Home

Within the home, making renovations to key rooms like the bathroom and kitchen can also help to add some value and help you sell your property more quickly. If any of your rooms need a lick of paint, it’s worth making those upgrades, changing tired table tops and toilets, upgrading to hardwood floors or adding a second bathroom upstairs.

By making the most of the rooms that you already have, you can modernise your property and make it far more attractive to a buyer as well as increasing the overall value of the home.

Kirton Sectional Buildings

Here at Kirton Sectional Buildings, we create and supply a wide range of timber buildings for your home. Operating in Kirton – just eight miles outside of Scunthorpe – since 1988, we’re proud of the quality of our products and our excellent level of customer service. Whether you’re looking for garden cabins or a greenhouse, we have the best sheds and largest variety of sectional buildings in Britain.

We deliver our products from Stamford all the way up to Whitby and provide a waterproofer for your buildings absolutely free of charge. We’d be happy to hear from you so that we can provide you with all of the advice that you’ll need to make the right decisions on what sectional building to choose from.

To find out more, please contact us today. You can find us at Kirton Sectional Buildings, Station Road, Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 4BD, call us on 01652 640 031 or email us at sales@kirtonbuildings.co.uk.

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A Brief Guide on What to Grow in Your Greenhouse

Whether you’re a green-fingered genius who enjoys gardening as a pastime or you simply want to become more environmentally friendly by growing your own food, a greenhouse is an incredibly useful structure to appeal to both. But, if you’re unsure of what exactly you can sow and grow in your greenhouse throughout the year, we’ve put together a blog to explore what you grow year-round.

Winter

Winter can be a tricky time of year to grow things due to frosts and cold temperatures. However, there are still some vegetables you can sow in winter at the start of the year leading into spring. These are the crops you should consider sowing in your greenhouse in winter:

  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli

These plants endure lower temperatures better than other crops and are able to be transferred outdoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date. But, you can use your greenhouse to sow and grow them earlier without frozen ground to hinder their growth.

Spring

With the arrival of spring comes the birth of life and prime planting season. This time of year, you’re able to grow more tender plants in your greenhouse including:

  • Melon
  • Cucumber
  • Squash
  • Pepper

Plants like these will require a warmer and controlled environment with at least eight hours of sunlight in order to thrive. So, aim to sow them in your greenhouse in mid-Spring to avoid frosty conditions that could kill your crops.

Summer

Once your spring crops are transferred outside, it’s time for your bright and beautiful summer crops to be sown. Heat-loving plants will thrive in your greenhouse – here are some to plant at this time of year:

  • Aubergine
  • Tomatoes
  • Chilli peppers

However, if you’re experiencing a heatwave in the summer, it may become slightly too hot in your greenhouse, inviting mould and mildew inside as well as helping to dry out any soil. Consider investing in a vent kit to keep your plants at a comfortable temperature to ensure they don’t shrivel and die.

Autumn

When the cooler weather starts to return, finish with your summer plants and start your autumnal crops. These plants could be:

  • Kale
  • Peas (snap or snow)
  • Turnips

You might notice that growth this time of year will be slower, but be patient and they’ll be ready in time for hearty and comforting roast dinners during the winter months.

If you’re now convinced that you want to start growing your own produce or you’re in need of a replacement greenhouse, Kirton Sectional Buildings in Gainsborough are on-hand with bespoke and beautiful timber greenhouses today. For more information, contact us today.

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Tips for Maintaining your Greenhouse

Being more sustainable is a big movement at the moment, and one of the most rewarding ways to do so is by growing your own fruit and vegetables. You don’t need an enormous garden or vegetable patch to grow your own, and a greenhouse of any size is a highly effective way to grow produce, as you can control the temperature, humidity and water distribution more evenly.

You don’t need to be a professional gardener to own a greenhouse, but they do require some maintenance to ensure your plants can thrive. If you’re thinking about investing in a greenhouse, see our tips below for how to keep them in the best condition possible.

Keep on top of pests

Garden pests are one of the biggest threats to your plants, so it’s important to keep on top of pest control. Prevention is better than cure, so check each plant for pests before you introduce it to the greenhouse. If pests have infiltrated, then they can multiply quickly as it’s a contained area; but that also means that they can be eliminated quickly too. You can purchase many sprays that will kill pests without harming the plants, or try introducing a predator to kill them off e.g ladybirds to remove aphids.

Clean regularly

It’s important to regularly clean and sterilise the surfaces on your greenhouse; this can be done with just soap and warm water or a specialised cleaner if you prefer. Fumigating once or twice a year can also help deal with pests and insects that can harm your crops. You should also spray mildew if and when it appears, and ensure surfaces are dry when not being cleaned. Watch out for condensation build up in between the window panes as well, as this can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Check your water systems

The connecting lines and hoses of your watering system should be checked every few months to make sure they’re reaching all the plants effectively. Hoses should be replaced if they become cracked, and you can run the water through at a high pressure without the cap on to remove any build up of dirt or soil.

Heat control

British weather can be unpredictable, but there are ways to help control the temperature in your greenhouse to encourage plants and crops to thrive. Regularly clean the outside panes to let in more sunlight, and if you have space, plant some deciduous trees around the greenhouse to provide shade in summer and sun in winter. You could also paint shelves and surfaces black to retain heat, or install a second door to control draughts.

If you’re looking for the perfect greenhouse, then check out the range at Kirton Sectional Buildings. We have a variety of high-quality timber and glass greenhouses, in a range of sizes and shapes. With optional extras including roof vents, cladding and more, you can ensure your plants thriving. For more information, see our range of greenhouses on our website.

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