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Greenhouse Gardening – Mobile Glasshouses

By admin On August 20, 2008 Under Greenhouse Gardening

During the 1950s and 60s, mobile glasshouses gained prominence in commercial horticulture in temperate regions, enabling crops to be raised earlier than normal as well as late-season plants to be covered while maturing.

There were made of strong, extruded aluminium with a cantilever design that formed a clear span frequently 10.5m/34ft or more wide. They ran on rails, and when initially constructed functioned well but with age and the settlement of supports often became stationary.

The idea of a mobile structure was new. In 1856, “The Cottage Gardener” advertised a moveable greenhouse designed by Mr. Spencer, gardener to the Marquess of Lansdowne. He claimed “such a structure is desirable for a tenant who has an unreasonable landlord”.

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