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Orchid Lady
After waiting for what seems like forever, I have finally ordered my lovely new more making do and patching up with scary fragile glass, a door that won't stay on, a vent that is covered with plastic and leaks everywhere. Looking forward to a hopefully successful summer with lots of tips from here, all I have to do now is be brave enough to take the old fragile greenhouse down!!

That's all, I just wanted to share my news with someone who would be as excited as me about a greenhouse!!!

That is any gardeners dream, like the ultimate, I'm really excited for you and it's not even mine! What size is it? And any thoughts what youre going to pop in there once it's built? 


great news tracey5  enjoy . what will  you do with the old one ??  bet you someone will buy it on ebay . a  few ££££s for plants etc 


So exciting Tracey - how long have you got to wait for it to arrive?


Congrats . What type/brand/size/colour etc did you buy?


Orchid Lady
It's a Simplicity one, 6"x8", my current one which is quite derelict is 6"x10" but I think the new one will be plenty big enough. It will be here in 6-8 weeks so I think I will be starting some seeds off indoors. I already have a seed tray rack and staging which I bought last summer but haven't used yet as we decided to get a new green house for this year and I decided to keeo them so they would be nice and new ????

I don't think we will get it down without breaking the glass so don't think it will be fit to sell on, the glass is VERY fragile and it is about 20 years old.

I am planning to grow some bedding plants for the summer but also tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers......any other suggestions? As it's smaller than the current one I am going to put potato planters either side of the door.

Oohhhhh I am SOOOOOOOO excited ????????????????????
Orchid Lady
My smileys are coming out as ?????? so those shouldn't be ???????in my last post but should be lots of smiles!!!

If you're on iPhone and iPad that can make it come out like that Tracey. How bigs your garden? You could grow any perennial you desired, what are your favourites? And us lot will try and supply with with the information you need and I know I've got a few packets I wouldn't mind sharing 

I grow Basil seems to go well with tomatoes

You say peppers is that chilli peppers ? If you like chillies give them go to

I also grow marigolds to keep the bugs at bay and so far It has either worked or I have been lucky for the last few years ! 

Orchid Lady
GWRS, peppers and chilli peppers, I did well with them the year before last until one morning I went out and they had all been eaten and all I had left were stalks......I hope the mouse felt them coming out the other end, greedy little thing!!

Ryan, my garden is fairly big but mostly lawn with a wide border round the edge, a veg patch and greenhouse at the bottom (away from it all!). I recently bought some of the perennials on offer in the GW mag but I'm afraid I'm rubbish with the names, still learning! I've been reading lots of posts about flowers and seed planting and all the names are going straight over my head, I need to get my book out I think and start looking them up.
Orchid Lady
GWRS, forgot to say I might try basil as it's my favourite herb and I do plant marigolds but have never grown from seed, are they easy? Do you plant marigolds with vegetables?



Good for you, I hope it is enormous!

Now you can grow plants you could only dream off!

Best of luck!

Orchid Lady
Ha ha Jimmy, no not enormous but big enough for me.

Have grown from seed , yes easy but can can be really cheap from B & Q if you are tight on room and time

Sounds like you need a mouse trap or two , sorry humane ones in my option don't work , you need the real thing but bate it with a bit of chocolate/choc biscuit 

At my allotment I do try and do companion planting and put marigolds with veg as well and so far had so few bug problems

Orchid Lady
I couldn't do mousetraps, I actually like mice just not in my greenhouse. I'm hoping it won't be as easy for them to get in as at the moment there are missing glass panels so very easy for anything to walk in and help itself (which is why I didn't grow anything last year!). I think if I had to stop mice I would need to get some poison but need to be really careful as I have dogs, I will need to put it up high where the small plants are.

So much to learn!


Tracey, just don't feel pressured to learn all the names, I learnt my first lot, by trying to identify my favourite plants, the rest just stuck in my head, without even realising it  Even common names are better than nothing and these are surprisingly descriptive of the plants. 

If you're more keen in veg, you'll probably want to start with them ultimately. Have you sowed a lot from seed yet? 

Orchid Lady
I've tried bits and pieces Ryan, not had too much luck but did sow some perennials last year which were lovely (tall with blue flowers!), I'm hoping they come back again this year.

I have grown some veg and again had some success but not a lot. Up until this year we have spent a lot of time doing work on the house and with working and 2 boys it's trying to fit everything in. The house is now finished so determined to get the garden going properly and hopeful that hubby will do a great job putting the greenhouse up so I can get started as soon as possible after it's delivered!

Off now for today. Bye and thanks everyone for the comments.

I don't see why your 'tall with blue flowers' Plants won't come back, unless they're not fully hardy or bulbous, in which case they may have rotted in all this rain I think? 

I've never had much success with growing veg, apart from beans, peas, onions, leeks and radicchio oddly enough. If you don't have much time, most perennials take less maintenance than veg. and often easier too. Annuals may be a good starting point, they're literally the easiest things to grow from seed, and the packets are fairly cheap too. You could pop some into bare spaces in the veg patch, they mix really well. Night 

Orchid Lady

I have grown some annuals last year in pots with my lilies, this year I have planted tulip bulbs in my pots but they don't seem to be coming up yet.

I think this year will be a bit trial and error and I will learn as I go along, with some help, but very excited.

Better go and do some jobs now!!

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