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Getting Ready For A Bumper Crop This Spring

Monday, 2 September 2019 11:06:42 AM Australia/Sydney

“Life begins the day you start a garden.”

— Chinese Proverb

Welcome to another spring!

What a fantastic time to be alive, feeling the warmth of the coming months on your face while you are walking out to your greenhouse, getting ready to plant the next round of herbs, veggies, and flowers.

So if you are preparing to transform your greenhouse or glasshouse into a riot of colour – lush greens of spring vegetables, red tomatoes bursting with flavour, vibrant clumps of flowers, and scents from your herbs that will knock your socks off – then read on.

We have some tips for you – how to get it ready for a cracker spring harvest, and what to plant, depending on your local climate.

Getting prepped!

Ready, set … fertilise!

Winter slows everything down – so now is the time to wake everything in your garden UP! If you fertilise now, you’ll be adding extra oomph into all your plants – encouraging new growth, stronger flowers and fruit, better pest and disease resistance, and overall, healthier gardens!

Make sure you water the garden beds well, getting them ready for the next step…

(If you are incorporating Self-Watering pots into your garden, check ours out here)

Mulch much?

Don’t let the new spring sun evaporate moisture in your soil – mulch it! There’s more to mulching than that though – mulching will protect the soil against the heat (if this is a problem for your garden, check out the Shade Systems on our website), it will suppress those annoying weeds, and if you use an organic mulch, it will assist with providing even more nutrients.

Plus, let’s face it – it looks so rustic and organic!

Veggie-rama!

If you’re in colder Australian climes, then wait a month or so and plant in October – this will let the soil warm up a bit.

When the garden is nice and warm, and ready to grow, then look at planting veggies and herbs.

Rack off, pests!

Aphids get active around this time of the year – they are waiting with baited breath to start nibbling on fresh, new tasty shoots. 

Try to avoid the pesticides – natural predators should keep them at bay, whereas the poisons will kill the good and the bad.

Prune away!

Over the winter months, some parts of the garden may not have coped all that well – and there is nothing like a good pruning to help them along! Promote new growth, by getting rid of the deadwood – your garden will thank you for it!

 

Getting planting!

Where you live, of course, will have a direct impact on what you should plant.

In warmer areas, look at fruit including:

-        Passionfuit

-        Paw paw

-        Citrus

Try these veggies:

-        Rocket

-        Silverbeet

-        Spring onions

-        Lettuce

-        Zucchini

-        Pumpkin

-        Leeks

-        Capsicum

-        Cucumbers

-        Eggplant

-        Tomatoes

And pop these herbs in:

-        Parsley

-        Basil

-        Dill

-        Mint

-        Marjoram

-        Coriander

-        Catnip

-        Thyme

 

 

Living in a cooler spot?

Try these out:

-        Strawberries

-        Leeks

-        Onions

-        Parsnip

-        Radishes

-        Spinach

-        Sweet corn

-        Beetroot

-        Tomatoes

-        Peas

-        Silverbeet

-        Lettuce

-        Swedes

-        Turnips

-        Cucumber

Wondering which herbs to try? Give these ones a shot:

-        Basil

-        Chives

-        Coriander

-        Dill

-        Mint

-        Oregano

-        Parsley

-        Sage

-        Thyme

 

Have you ever experienced gardening in a greenhouse or glasshouse? It will change the way you garden.

If you are wanting to enjoy nutritious fresh fruit and veggies from your back garden, with a quality greenhouse or glasshouse from the most trusted supplier in Australia, then just contact us!

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Why Spending Time In Your Garden Is Good For Your Mind & Body

Monday, 22 July 2019 10:16:33 AM Australia/Sydney

 “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”

— Alfred Austin

Gardening improves your mood – it’s proven. In a recent study in Europe, people who had been suffering from depression started spending time outside in their gardens, and over half reported a marked improvement in the way they felt.

There’s just something about it – being outside in the bright sunshine, hands pushing the dirt around your precious herbs and veggies, and in the most simple terms, watching plants grow and thrive.

Nurturing in nature – and reconnecting with the earth.

If you’re looking for a way to relax, feel more present, and tap into mindfulness, then start spending more time with your plants in your greenhouse or glasshouse.

Here are 6 reasons why.

Being in the garden makes us be ‘present’.

How can you worry about the piles of washing, all the things that are on your list, or what time the kids need to be picked up when you have your hands pushing through the dirt, and the sun is shining on your back.  The sights and smells of the plants will get your endorphins going – bringing out positive feelings and a sense of gratitude.

You can see the results of your work.

Seeing the work that you have put in resulting in growth, blooming and colour – what an achievement! Holding perfectly formed cherry tomatoes in your hands, running your hands over the leafy herbs that are thriving – this has got to make you feel great!  Because as humans, we all like to think that we are doing something positive for ourselves, our families, and the world at large!

Gardening is excellent exercise!

It’s not cross-country running, there’s no doubt. But moving through your greenhouse or glasshouse offers gentle and beneficial forms of exercise for all ages. Stretching across the raised garden beds, lifting the watering can up to the hanging pots, checking your seedling trays and being in the sun – it all adds up to increased health.

Your brain loves gardening.

Did you know that there is a lower level of dementia associated with those who garden regularly? Not that you need more incentive to be outside, but that’s a pretty good result from being outside looking after your veges and herbs. There’s a reason that the better aged care facilities promote gardening programs and tours for their residents – gardening brings out a younger sentiment.

Gardening takes away stress.

So it’s been a busy day at work, and things haven’t gone plan. Or maybe the dishwasher isn’t working and there is a pile of dirty dishes in the sink – which no-one else has offered to do. You’re feeling cranky, and the stress levels are starting to rise.  Guess what’s going to make you feel better? Gardening in your greenhouse or glasshouse. Watching those little plants start to take form and bear fruit.

Gardening helps family relationships.

A family who gardens together stays strong together. OK, we could have made that up, but we know from experience that when our own family is spending time together in the garden and greenhouses, we communicate better, we laugh more, and we relax as a family unit.

So if you want to feed more than just your body, and your soul is hungry for nurturing, get yourself into the greenhouse.

To find out about our extensive range of greenhouses and glasshouses, click here.

And if you have any questions about how to get a greenhouse of your own, just get in touch with us here!

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If You're Not Growing Your Own Veges, Your Family Is Missing Out

Monday, 17 June 2019 10:35:07 AM Australia/Sydney

Our favourite slogan is ‘Healthy Goodness At Your Doorstep”. There’s a reason for that – we know that our customers (not to mention our own family!) benefit in myriad ways when they grow their own herbs, fruit and veges in their very own greenhouses. And because there are so many sizes and shapes available, space should never really be an issue.

In this current environment, where screens consume most of our time, and our kids’ attention, it’s even more important to get them involved in other, more traditional pastimes. Without introduction to outdoor activities, like gardening and growing produce, they could be missing out on some of life’s simple pleasures.

It’s one of the reasons that we do what we do, and why we love it so much.

So, without further ado, let’s go through some of the ways that your family can benefit from having a greenhouse at home. 

Having a greenhouse means …spending time together as a family

It’s challenging these days to do things together, as a family unit. There are sports games, work, social functions, the list goes on. Spending half an hour in the outdoors, with some sunshine on your face as you all tend to your greenhouse plants – well, it’s like a little bit of magic. Not to mention improving everyone’s health from being outdoors and feeling rewarding when you take your harvest inside to prep for the family meal. 

Having a greenhouse means … training the kids to love their veggies

When the kids know where their food has come from, and they have had a hand in growing it, you can put money on the fact that they will enjoy it more. Understanding the process – from the initial planting, nurturing and watering, and then harvesting – allows to them have ownership. Rather than hearing things like ‘I don’t like broccoli’, you will start to hear ‘ Can I have more greens?’ Trust us. We did.

Having a greenhouse means … eating seasonally for greater nutrition

By eating what is in season, you are accessing potentially up to three times the nutritional level in your produce. Out-of-season produce requires chemical additives to keep it looking acceptable once its’ use-by date has passed. You can plan each seasons range of produce accordingly, and eat the tastiest, healthiest fruit and veges all year round!

Having a greenhouse means … you control the quality

When you grow it, you know its true quality. Your own produce has no chemicals, tastes fresh and healthy, and you aren’t paying through the nose for it at the local organic store.

Having a greenhouse means …everything tastes better

Even when you do pay dearly for organic produce, it is still most likely picked early. And that means that it hasn’t had the adequate exposure to sunlight or growing time that it needs to give you the optimal taste and level of nutrients. There is nothing better than picking a piece of fruit or a vege from your own garden, and taking a bite – the flavour is always sensational.

So if you are still thinking about whether a greenhouse is worth it for your family, there’s your answer.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we will answer anything we can for you.

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5 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Site For Your Greenhouse

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 3:36:22 PM Australia/Sydney

Let’s say you have a green thumb, or you WANT to have a green thumb. And you want to become a gardener with a greenhouse, doing it properly – in a way that is affordable but allows you to garden all year round.

Whether you are a residential gardener, or a greenhouse hobbyist looking to make a start in the world of greenhouse growing, the Australian market has the perfect product for you.

The big question is, ‘where should I put it?’!

Let’s look at some of the points you should think about when you are working out exactly where to position your brand new greenhouse or glasshouse.

Think about the sun.

When positioning your greenhouse, maximising the sunlight is very important. We recommend your greenhouse receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Be mindful of shadows cast by buildings and trees, especially during short winter days. Greenhouse glazing under or too close to trees can also become quite dirty, further lessening light transmission. Leaves will also clog gutters quickly if the greenhouse is positioned under trees.

Typically we suggest a north-south orientation for your greenhouse but if that’s not possible, don’t panic. Internationally there is a lot of emphasis placed on orientation to maximise light interception in the greenhouse but because our light levels are so much higher, this is not so much of an issue here in Australia.

It’s all about drainage.

If heavy rains can flood up an area on your property, avoid that space. The last thing you want is having any excess water on your greenhouse or glasshouse floor, allowing mozzies to breed or just being slippery and dangerous! If you can find a reasonably level site or a place with a gentle slope, then you can just let gravity do its thing and get on with growing your veges!

A bit of shade can be a good thing…

It gets hot here in Australia. The sun can be brutal, so if there is an opportunity to position your greenhouse with some natural shade from trees, take it (we don’t mean right under the tress either!). Deciduous trees ideally – in winter, they will drop their leaves allowing the sun to shine through, and in summer their foliage will provide some coolness. Just ensure these trees don’t block your vital sunlight through the short winter days.

If you are in a climate with summer temps above 30 degrees, you will need to use our heat reflective shade system to allow your plants to flourish. Our shade systems are specially engineered with full aluminium framework. We use an aluminet cloth, full aluminium weave. This ingenious product reflects up to 50% of the suns intensity before it enters your greenhouse. We have a range of shade systems available for specific models within our range, if you would like to know more, just click here.

Protection from the elements … like wind

Strong winds can damage lesser quality greenhouses – so if your greenhouse is more basic and lightweight, make sure to choose a spot that is sheltered from prevailing winds, and wind tunnels.

If that’s not possible, you could build a temporary fence with shade cloth or open weave which would provide some windbreak for you.

We have models within our range which are perfect for high wind areas: the Supreme Greenhouse and Deluxe Greenhouse ranges – either of which could be the solution if you are in an intensive wind area. These ranges are engineered to last a lifetime, and incorporate a special design to withstand adverse weather conditions, even including full box section frames (Windsor Series), along with extra cantilever braces in the roof and eaves for added strength.

Make it easy to get to.

Having a greenhouse is something to be enjoyed, and never a chore.

Make sure your greenhouse or glasshouse is positioned close to your home so you can easily access it whenever you want and take care of your plants regularly.

Having a greenhouse or glasshouse at home can bring an enormous amount of joy and reward, so knowing how to place it correctly is vital.

If you have any questions, or if we can help with your greenhouse or glasshouse questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

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Australians Go Greener with Family Greenhouses

Friday, 1 August 2014 11:26:58 AM Australia/Sydney

A greenhouse represents far more than a bold household fashion statement or the ultimate home accessory.  A greenhouse represents a significant investment in your family’s health, your home’s value and the planet’s future.

Visionary economists and environmentalists alike predict that, as “the village” becomes the key unit of commerce and governance around the world, more and more families will return to “family farming.”  Earth conscious families will abandon “ornamental horticulture, plowing-under lawns and flower beds for the sake of producing their own all-natural fruits and vegetables. “This is the best of family farming,” says an agriculture professor at the University of California. “No, this is not family farming in the old-fashioned sense of plowing-up the old homestead and growing corn, maize, cotton or hemp,” he explains. “This is single-family farming in the 21stcentury sense of building and maintaining sustainable agriculture for the family’s and community’s use.” 

The visionaries and expert botanists especially recommend every family ought to have a greenhouse. “Of course, we capitalize on our greenhouse for year-round fresh produce,” says a happy Aussie home-farmer. “But we especially use it to get ahead of the growing season in Victoria; we nurture saplings for our orchard, and we nurse tender vegetable sprouts for immediate transplanting when the weather heats up and we can expect decent rains.”

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Get the kids involved with gardening, they will learn so much about the process if they are hands-on. 


Four advantages of greenhouse gardening

Avid greenhouse advocates stress both economic and health benefits from complementing backyard garden plots with state-of-the-art greenhouses. While they stress working in their greenhouses lets them escape from the stress of everyday life because their micro-environments give them sanctuary from their problems, nevertheless they point to at least four extremely practical advantages of keeping their greenhouse crops constantly growing and flourishing:

  • They defy the elements for year-round growing. Controlling light and shade, water and heat, greenhouse gardeners maintain optimum growing conditions for summer vegetables and berries. Some have grown so proficient at managing their indoor crops that they can harvest something new plus all the family favorites every week.  Just as importantly, they can get a head start on seasonal plants grown from bulbs, and they can incubate slow-developing trees and vines until they are fit for outdoor survival.

  • They protect growing plants against pests. During the summer months, insects and small animals feast on fledgling plants and brand new fruit.  Well-established plants resist pests and produce enough that they can forfeit a few delicacies to the critters. Therefore, strategic greenhouse gardeners nurture their young plants until they are ready to withstand the harrows and horrors of backyard development.  Tomatoes and strawberries especially benefit from extra time in a greenhouse.

  • They boost their household economies. Harvesting abundant crops, greenhouse gardeners become exceptionally proficient at freezing and canning much of their produce, and they share generously with friends and family.  Still, they have more produce than they can use, so they sell the excess at local farmers’ markets.  One Geelong housewife exults, “I actually gave up my work-a-day job to devote fulltime to my farming, because I not only saved a tiny fortune but also made another tidy bundle from selling the best of my homegrown produce.”

  • They feed their families nutrient-rich fresh fruits and vegetables. Of course, family farmers run absolutely no risk of purchasing contaminated produce.  Just as importantly though, they preserve all the nutrients in their fruits and vegetables by taking them straight from the plant to the table. Commercially grown produce, even if organically grown and carefully processed, loses between five and 10 percent of its vitamins and minerals for every day it spends in transport, and the average commercial product spends at least seven days in packing, transporting and retailing. A Victoria consumer expert says, “When you buy commercial produce, you pay quite a bit more for quite a bit less by comparison with homegrown or locally grown products.” 

Depend on Grow-Fresh Greenhouses for all your greenhouse needs.

When you plan, build and manage your greenhouse carefully, you can grow anything and everything.  For years now the professionals at Grow-Fresh Greenhouses have designed, manufactured and guided installation of the nations finest polycarbonate and glass greenhouses.  No other product from any other maker rivals Grow-Fresh for ease-of-use and durability.  Grow-Fresh staff members are dedicated to providing every customer with exemplary service.  Therefore, as you develop plans for your family farm, count on your friends at Grow-Fresh to assist you every step of the way.

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A greenhouse will give you an abundance of fresh produce year round.


Visit Grow-Fresh’s dazzling Display Centre in North Geelong VIC. There, you will see the whole line of Grow-Fresh greenhouses, glasshouses, equipment, tools and accessories, all at the industry’s best prices. You can also call us on 1300 464 769 for more information.

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Welcome To Our New Site

Saturday, 19 July 2014 7:29:23 PM Australia/Sydney

Firstly I would like to welcome you all to our new blog :) We are super excited today as our new website has finally launched! This has been a long time in the making (mainly due to our insanely busy schedule!) but we couldn't be happier. When we decided last year it was time for a new site, we turned to Scott & Phoebe Wright @ Whitespace Design (www.whitespacedesign.com.au). We wanted a site that would continue to keep us ahead of the competitors and let us shine in our field. After all when you are online, this is your shop front. The guys at Whitespace Design have done some super work for us previously, with marketing materials such as our beautiful catalogue. Their attention to detail is outstanding and everything was completed in a very efficient manner. Most importantly, they were not happy until we were! Highly recommend these guys if anyone is looking for someone for any graphic design/website projects.

The new website promises to be an easy and pleasant experience, from super enlarged photos to easy-to-read descriptions for all products. We have simplified the cart process too, making sure it is a sinch to navigate, no matter how old or non-tech-saavy you are! 

Grow-Fresh Greenhouses have a massive few months ahead with 6 new designs arriving, yes 6! It has been a very full on year of designing and planning but when we do something here at GFG, we do it properly. We cannot wait to share it all with you. Oh, but that means a whole lot more products to add to the new site doesn't it? Doh, I thought I was finished!

Anyway I am switching off for the night, off to have a glass of wine and watch my football team have a win...hopefully!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.

Rae :)

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