I've read a couple of other threads on similar themes which have been very interesting and useful, but none cover my exact questions so I really hope some of you are able to help. Sorry it’s a bit long...!
After 2 years of digging out brambles and decomposing caravans I am highly excited to be planning my dream veg garden - including my dream greenhouse. We're prepared to invest in a really good one and as big as we can get away with – anything up to 8x4m. However, this means I'm now terrified about getting it wrong!! Here are my 3 main questions and I’d love to hear thoughts, ideas and experiences from anyone...
- in purely practical growing terms, what is the difference between a polytunnel and a greenhouse?
- I really love the look of brick-based greenhouses. However, if the point is to maximise light, won’t brick walls defeat this point by casting shade inside? Other than looking nice what is the benefit/point of a brick walled greenhouse, and are the ones that are glass all the way to the ground actually more effective?
- After years of cramming too many plants into tiny plastic greenhouses, I don’t know how to best lay out a big one! Should I put raised beds in it? If not, how to arrange pots/growbags on the floor in such a big space without it becoming a mess? Should I put staging all around the edges? What happens in the middle?!