Greenhouse Essentials - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

11 of the most useful greenhouse accessories

Our pick of greenhouse essentials and where to find them.

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Greenhouses are an excellent way for gardeners to create their very own microclimate and nurture crops such as tasty tomatoes, fragrant herbs and peppers that pack a punch. While cold frames do a similar job on a smaller scale, for many gardening enthusiasts there’s nothing quite like a classic greenhouse.

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So much more than sheds or glass summer houses, greenhouses allow you to create the ideal environment for a whole host of exciting ornamental and edible plants.

Once you’ve got you’ve got your house constructed and have stocked up on greenhouse spares like greenhouse clips or extra tunnel sheeting, you can get to work kitting out the inside.

There are plenty of useful greenhouse accessories to help make your space the best gardening environment and complete your growing experience.


12 useful greenhouse accessories

Take a look at our curated list of useful greenhouse shelves, tools and equipment below;

1

Greenhouse staging

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Greenhouse Staging

Price: £112.41

If you’re in need of some extra growing space and are looking for greenhouse shelves or greenhouse tables, this metal staging is just the thing. Made from rust and rot proof aluminium, it’s long lasting and maintenance free and the surface is slatted to provide air circulation and allow water to flow freely away. Staging arrives ready to be self-assembled and the dimensions of this model are L175cm x W46cm.

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Maximum and minimum thermometer

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Maximum and minimum thermometer

Price: £14.95

Keep track of both the maximum and minimum temperatures in your greenhouse and monitor the humidity of your space with this handy thermometer. Knowing the precise conditions of your greenhouse will help you tailor the environment to suit your plants perfectly. This greenhouse thermometer has a built-in stand or can be wall-mounted and is powered with a single AAA battery.

Buy Thermometer & Hygrometer at Harrod Horticultural


3

Heater

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Heater

Price: £23.89

A heater will keep your greenhouse warm so you can continue to grow and nurture your plants even when temperatures drop in winter. It will also allow you to control the temperature throughout the year and prevent sudden fluctuations outdoors affecting the conditions inside your greenhouse. This eco version uses a similar amount of energy to a standard light bulb, which the brand claims is 25% less than other tube heaters.

Buy LightHouse Eco Heat Greenhouse Heater at Amazon


4

Watering can

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Watering can

Price: £54.99

A watering can is one of the most essential greenhouse accessories, vital for watering individual plants as and when they need it. This classic choice by Haws is made from quality galvanised steel, so it’s durable and rust free and comes with a 10 year guarantee. The Warley Fall has a 4.5 litre capacity and a brass rose on the long reach spout. If you’re in need of inspiration a Haws watering can also makes a great gardening gift idea.

Buy HAWS Warley Fall Metal Watering Can at Amazon


5

Shading

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Shading

Price: from £34.99

Proper shading in your greenhouse can make all the difference for plants that need a little respite from the sun. These roller blinds are available in sets of two or four and attach to the glass with simple suction cups, so you can move them easily to whichever spot needs shading.

Buy Roller Shading Blinds at Suttons


6

Tidy tray

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Tidy tray

Price: £19.82

A gardening tray is like a mini, portable potting bench, containing the compost while you work and easy to wipe clean and stack away when you’re done. This tray by Tierra Garden is lightweight and tough and the low lip at the front allows easy access to your work space.

Buy Tierra Garden Tidy Tray at Amazon


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Seed trays

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Seed trays

Price: from £4.39

Seed trays are some of the most useful greenhouse accessories and are just what you need to propagate and nurture new plants. These packs of five trays by Bosmere are available with 24, 40 or 75 cell inserts and have raised channels to help water drain away easily.

Buy Bosmere 40-Cell Inserts at Amazon


8

Compost scoop

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Compost scoop

Price: £8.08

A trusty scoop is a handy tool for all potting on and planting jobs. This rust proof, stainless steel scoop by Wilkinson Sword has a weatherproofed ash handle that’s ergonomically designed, so it’s comfortable to hold and built to last.

Buy Wilkinson Sword Stainless Steel Compost Scoop at Keen Gardener


9

Drip feed watering system

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Drip feed watering system

An automatic drip watering system can save you time and energy and help conserve water by giving your plants only the water they need. This solar powered set from Claber can irrigate up to 20 pots and requires no tap connection just a tank filled with water that’s then drawn through the drippers to your plants.

Price: £98.36

Buy Claber Aqua-Magic Solar Powered Automatic Watering Kit at Keen Gardener


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Plant trays

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Price: from £24.99

Trays are useful for sitting on top of greenhouse tables or greenhouse shelves to catch water, falling leaves and compost from your pots. These staging trays from Suttons are made from rigid, moulded plastic so they can be filled with gravel and clay granules too. There’s a choice of  ‘jumbo’ or ‘giant’ sizes depending on how many pots you need to hold.

Buy Staging Trays from Suttons


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Capillary matting

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Capillary matting

Price: £11.20

Capillary matting is a useful greenhouse accessory that’s used to keep water constantly in contact with your plants. A thick, wooly material, it’s highly absorbent and when placed in the base of trays and watered will help keep your plants roots moist. This matting by Gardman comes in single packs of 2 metres by 60cm sheets.

Buy Gardman Water Retaining Matting at Amazon


12

Propagator

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Propagator

Price: £84.99

If you want to give your greenhouse plants a head start a heated propagator will do just that. Providing a constant automatically controlled temperature, this propagator from Suttons has three isolated sections, to help prevent the spread of damping off and other air-borne diseases. The lids are vented so you can control each environment individually.

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