||The variety of ways to use
the space in your FlowerHouse™ is endless. Your
local garden center can help you plan a layout for the
interior of your FlowerHouse™, and can also provide you
materials necessary to do so. The design and layout of your
FlowerHouse™ should depend upon the type of plants you choose to
Plant benches or adjustable shelving units along the walls
can provide you with a good way to optimize your working space.
The area on and below the bench can be used to place your plants.
Add shelves for more plants, or remove them for more space.
Moreover, raised benches will remove some of the strains from
your back with less bending, allowing you to spend more quality
time in your FlowerHouse™ garden.
Some gardeners may prefer to make use of
the space with trellises. These can be constructed out of just
about anything. A steel, wood or plastic frame can be
covered with nylon netting or chicken wire. Attach the material
to the frame with nails, staples, or wire. The purpose is
to give the frame enough support to remain standing tall, but
leave enough room for plants to grow up and through the
Some plants do not immediately take to
trellising. These plants require a little extra coercion. To
keep them growing upward, you may need to tie them to the
trellis. Any number of household items can be used, string,
shoelaces, wire hangers, or even old video or audio tape.
Remember to be cautious when tying up your plants not tying too
tight as it could cut the plant. Other plants such as
cucumbers are perfect for trellising. Tendrils, like limbs, grab
onto the trellis without the aid of a string to help it up.
Another common material for trellising
plants is an old nylon stocking. They are especially ideal
for fruiting plants. Tie one end of the stocking to hold the
plant to the trellis. Use the other end to slip over the fruit
of the plant. As the fruit grows, the stocking will grow with it
and it will also hold the fruit closer to the trellis and
prevent its weight from breaking off the plant.
The trellis can also serve as a base for
hanging baskets. Attach a hook to the top with enough room for
the basket to fit. Hanging baskets cannot be hung from the
ceiling of the FlowerHouse™, as it would collapse and could
result in serious injury.
Some added features to the FlowerHouse™ assist
in its protection from the wind. Once your FlowerHouse™ is fully
erected, secure it using all available high-wind tie-downs, and
all supplied stakes. Along the bottom, place heavy
materials on the skirting. Use decorative materials, such
as stones, bricks, landscape timers, or potted plants, to weigh
it down. In addition to their practical purpose, these materials
can be used to decorate the inside and outside of your
FlowerHouse™. You should plan to cover the skirting in the
interior. Make sure to do so before installing any shelving or
As you water your plants, it is
impossible not to get water on the ground. To avoid a muddy
floor in the interior of your FlowerHouse™, cover it with pea
rock, fieldstone, bricks, gravel or mulch.
Before setting up your FlowerHouse™, be
sure that it does not violate any law or ordinance in your
• Sharp edges of wood, wire, or nails may cut
unwanted vents in your FlowerHouse™. Always be sure to
soften any sharp edges on trellises, shelving units or
furniture so no damage is done to your FlowerHouse.
• Do not hang baskets from the ceiling.