Greenhouse fund

by Pippa Greenwood

I splashed out and bought myself a greenhouse, in fact the greenhouse of my dreams a few years ago. A lovely red cedar affair with a brick base...

Pippa GreenwoodI splashed out and bought myself a greenhouse, in fact the greenhouse of my dreams a few years ago. A lovely red cedar affair with a brick base and even a brick path and cold-frames off to one side. It was a total luxury and I love it. It has already served me so well, I'm still picking tomatoes from the plants in it, together with the odd yellow (meant to be yellow, not yellow and wrinkly!) sweet pepper, and at this time of year it really is great to have some of your own more tender produce to enjoy.

Within a week or so I will probably have to remove the last of the tomato plants but even then I am sure there will be a good number of green tomatoes that can be bought inside and given the freckly-banana treatment (yes that age old trick of allowing un-ripened fruits to enjoy the ethylene gas given off by the over-ripe banana really does work!)

Now I know I'm lucky to have my good-looking, super greenhouse, but the point is, that any greenhouse will help us to enjoy the luxury of tomatoes and peppers well in to November and perhaps even in to December, not to forget the fact that these and many other crops can be enjoyed earlier in the season and of course produce tons of plants for the flowery side of the garden too. So if yet another pair of slippers or soap sets really doesn't sound appealing, I would advise anyone to speak out nicely NOW and set up their own greenhouse fund, so it can then be up running by spring...

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Gardeners' World Web User 04/11/2007 at 11:37

Providing the digital camera can be combined with some daylight and my son, there should hopefully be a picture of my greehouse with my next blog.....mind you, knowing my techo-ability you may be treated to the family holiday shots instead!

Yes I do heat it, but it depends on precisely the weather is like and what I am growing.....could be unheated this winter but all of a sudden my son's tender plants including his germinated coconut have been moved in!!

Gardeners' World Web User 21/11/2007 at 17:28

Could you show a picture of your greenhouse, it would be nice to see one!

Gardeners' World Web User 23/11/2007 at 12:12

Do you heat your greenhouse? And if so, when do you turn on the heating?

Gardeners' World Web User 23/11/2007 at 17:46

i have bought my self a small Green House for Chirstmas and wish to grow Tomatoes, Peppers and anything edible next year. i am a complete beginner has any body got any tips

Gardeners' World Web User 24/11/2007 at 17:24

How lovely to have your own greenhouse in which to lose yourself. I'm still waiting for mine. I can't wait to grow melons and peppers and other fragiles into the beginning of winter. One can dream...

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