Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:04
Staging comes into its own when you start pricking out seedlings into individual pots, but it is not yet warm enough for them to go outside. I am not using my staging now though - the plants I have raised from seed are either planted out, or the pots are on tables outside, and I will plant out in autumn. What is in my greenhouse now are tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers planted into the greenhouse soil, and chillies in pots which are on the ground and a couple of old growbags that had salad and rocket leaves in to get some early salad leaves - still producing but not so much. The only reason why I, personally, might want staging again before next spring, would be if I were taking a lot of cuttings of things that were a bit tender, that I wanted to store in the greenhouse over winter. But I am not at that level of gardening yet.
The only other reason for staging at this time of year, would be if you wanted to grow things that live their whole lives in a greenhouse - like tropical things, in pots. I am not (yet) interested in that. My greenhouse is for A. bringing things on a bit early, for planting out. B. growing crops that like it hot, like toms, peppers, cucumbers and chillies and C. bringing tender things into in the depths of winter, like pots with geraniums in.
If I were you, I would leave off buying staging until next spring - keep a casual eye on ebay or the like and see if you can find some cheap, out of season. There is no rush for it now. And feel your way with other stuff, like thermometers and irrigation systems, and window closing systems. In the short term, opening and closing doors and windows is probably as technical as you need to get. The greenhouse at this time of year is a pretty unpalatable environment, but come next March, on a bright and breezy day, get an extension cable in there, pop Radio Four on, sow some seeds, read your GW magazine in there, cup of tea - magic! That's when you will feel the joy.