Pathways

It is very important to keep the greenhouse clean at all times, and good pathways can make a helpful contribution to this. Paths of hardened soil invariably encourage puddles to form when plants arc watered and on clay soils the resultant slippery surface is both dangerous and messy. If the borders are used for crops, permanent pathways are not recommended because they can harbour soil pests and diseases, in such cases removable pathways are preferred; duckboards are cheap, but 50 mm (2 111) thick paving slabs look better, are simply laid straight on to the soil, and will take the weight of a loaded wheelbarrow without cracking. The pathway should continue for at least 1 m (} ft) outside the greenhouse so that garden soil, which might contain harmful organisms, can be knocked off footwear before entering.

Keep the pathway as narrow as is practicable, for in most cases it is an unproductive area; a width of 450 to 600 mm (18 to 24 in) is about right for most situations.

Above let! Thermal screens, widely used commercially (as here) may soon be available for domestic greenhouses Left Internal or external adjustable blinds allow you to Shade plants from direct sunlight. Right Paving stones make an attractive approach to the greenhouse and help prevent your bringing in garden soil on boots

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Above let! Thermal screens, widely used commercially (as here) may soon be available for domestic greenhouses Left Internal or external adjustable blinds allow you to Shade plants from direct sunlight. Right Paving stones make an attractive approach to the greenhouse and help prevent your bringing in garden soil on boots

Greenhouse Gardening
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