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Here is some info on the sowing & planting of vegetables in a non-heated conservatory:

Mid January:
Early carrots, lamb’s lettuce, spinach, summer leek, garden cress, garden peas and mangetouts, early green beans

February:
Garden peas and mangetouts, radishes, chervil, turnip greens, early carrots, early oxheart cabbage, early cauliflower, early broccoli, iceberg lettuce, curled lettuce, romaine lettuce, cabbage lettuce (spring), lamb’s lettuce, green celery, celeriac, blanched celery, garden cress, red cabbage, savoy cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots, spring onions, parsnip, artichoke

March:
Lamb’s lettuce, romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, cabbage lettuce (spring), parsley, chervil, sorrel, garden cress, rocket, white and red autumn cabbage, turnip cabbage, early carrots, garlic, endives, early potatoes, early autumn leek

April, sowing:
Cabbage lettuce (spring), beetroot, radicchio, iceberg lettuce, turnip cabbage, early common beans, chard, purslane, New Zealand spinach, celeriac, green celery, blanched celery, late autumn leek, sweet corn, fennel, endives, beans

April, planting:
Gherkins, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, aubergines, zucchini, pumpkin

May, sowing:
Common bean, summer cauliflower, broccoli, gherkins, cucumbers, Chinese cabbage, melons, borecole, pumpkins, zucchini

May, planting:
Gherkins, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, aubergines, sweet pepper, zucchini

June, planting:
Gherkins, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, aubergines, sweet pepper, zucchini

July, sowing:
Green celery

July, planting:
Gherkins, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, aubergines, sweet pepper, Chinese cabbage, zucchini

August, sowing:
Purslane, winter purslane, parsley

September, sowing:
Winter purslane, lamb’s lettuce, chervil, cauliflower

October, sowing:
Lamb’s lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, chervil

October, planting:
Plant the lettuce and endives with root ball in the conservatory for longer keeping

November, sowing:
Spinach

November, planting:
Planting out of cauliflowers

December, sowing:
Spinach

December, planting:
Greenhouse grapevines

You can also grow fruit in conservatories. They will, in general, be ripe sooner and thus better protected against birds eating your fruit. We can recommend for instance strawberries, kiwis, peaches, grapevines, even passiflora (edible), figs (up to 2 harvests per year), etc…
However, for these fruits the conservatory will have to be heated from December up to April.

The delivery term will be about 3 to 4 months.

Our conservatories are based on authentic flower and botanical conservatories. So, of course they can be used for this application.

In spring time and in autumn, you can install your garden furniture in the conservatories and enjoy the first or last rays of sun.

But they are no sun lounges. The window panes are placed on top of one another so that moist may always penetrate.

For conservatories mounted on a brick wall at half height a foundation is required.

The foundation should be about 40 cm wide and 60 cm deep exactly below the centre of the walls to be erected.

We have detailed plans of this available.

For conservatories with glass panes down to the ground it suffices to provide a sill in stabilised sand at ground level.

Transparent glass of 3 mm thick.

This type of glass offers the following benefits:

  • It allows through about 90% of the available light and it blocks UV light.
  • There is no moist trickling down, condensed water flows downwards along the glass.
  • It is not subject to wear. It offers excellent protection against cracks, corrosion, atmospheric and chemical influences, cleaning products and acid rain.

Galvanised steel offers a substantially improved resistance to corrosion (rust) compared to your ordinary painted steel.

But, in the end, also galvanised steel will corrode. For a long-term protection of the surface it is therefore finished with a rust-protective, adhesive layer for galvanised steel (before the assembly).

You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging.

Once the window panes have been installed and the mastic has cured, 2 final layers of paint in the desired colour can be applied.

The conservatory consists of hot-dip galvanised steel sections that have been welded together.

Hot-dip galvanising is the best way to protect steel against corrosion and other external influences.

Puttying is a traditional finishing method.

Formerly, putty based on linseed oil (mastic) was made of chalk powder and linseed oil.

This was often used for filling or stopping up holes or cracks in timberwork and for securing window panes in rebates.

The mastic that we work with is a filling paste based on linseed oil, synthetic resin, and fillers.

It is a mouldable paste that can be applied using a spatula, filling-knife, or putty knife, partly on the edge of the window pane and partly in the metal section.

The surfaces must be clean, dry, and free of dust and fat and they must have been pretreated with a primer.

The mastic must be applied in dry weather and at a temperature of at least 15° C.

The mastic can be painted over, between 3 and 8 weeks after its application (23° C / 55% relative humidity).

By applying this method, you’ll get a truly authentic conservatory as these were installed in bygone days.

Always follow the instructions for use printed on the packaging.

Putty dries through oxidation, this means that it dries through the absorption of oxygen.

Therefore, it should always be painted over after it has cured.

The curing time depends on the type of putty used and is indicated by the manufacturer on the packaging.

Never dilute the putty with linseed oil, turpentine, or anything similar to make it easier to process. It would disturb its composition.

You can make the putty easier to apply by leaving it some time before its processing in a heated room.

At the end of summer or autumn.

Do it before it gets really cold AND on a dry day. This way, loose plants, if any, can be placed outside.

A glass conservatory requires very little maintenance. The metal construction can be checked once a year for damage that may be caused by rust.

In general, an annual cleanup is amply sufficient. Broken window panes must be replaced as soon as possible.

Clean the windows on the inside and outside, this ensures a perfect incidence of light and transparency.

If the window panes are very dirty, some domestic bleach may be used (max. 1 l per 10 l of water). Afterwards, the panes should be rinsed off THOROUGHLY using ordinary water.

Clean and disinfect the work tables and shelves to avoid diseases and parasites.

To be able to enjoy your covered botanical garden to the fullest, you’d do best to consider the following guidelines:

  • In a sunny place:
    The optimum orientation is southwest, with the front wall (with door opening) oriented to the south. By orienting the long side of the conservatory (= biggest glass surface) to the east and west, the conservatory will be warmed and cooled more evenly.
  • With easy access from your house:
    If the conservatory is easily accessible from your house, it will be used much more frequently.

Of course, one should consider the available space, but it is best not to make your conservatory much smaller than our standard models.

Many make the mistake to purchase too small a conservatory. Only after having bought your conservatory, you will discover its endless possibilities.

The glass is installed with overlaps of ca. 3 cm using copper fasteners of 8 mm wide and 0.5 mm thick.

The panes are secured with putty based on linseed oil. The putty is a paste that is applied using a spatula, filling-knife, or putty knife.

This is the traditional way of finishing. It used to be the standard method for installing window panes in rebates.

Custom dimensions according to the standard models are possible, we will draw your conservatory fully to size.

All parts are drawn in 3D and everything is first assembled in virtual reality to ensure a smooth and faultless assembly.

Yes, definitely.

Each conservatory comes with a detailed assembly plan.

You can find more detailed information here.

Yes, that is possible after prior appointment.

If you want to save yourself the trouble, your conservatory can also be delivered by us.

When you give us the delivery address, we can always inform you on the correct transportation cost.