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Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 11:59

I really can't believe no one has come up with a suitable "green" solution for greenhouse heating. 

Solar i get, it would only work during the day when the greenhouse is "heated" anyway.

However you'd think you could charge some kind of battery during the day to run a small tubular heater off during the night.

Then again wind would seem the most obvious, if you can get a small wind turbine to run the leccy in a caravan you'd have thought someone would have made one for a greenhouse heater, must be an obvious reason why no one has done this but i don't see it!

Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 12:17

Found these as a cheaper option


good deal on cold frame???

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:32

I bought two of the medium ones last year from them, very easy to assemble and good quality. When i bought them they were £15 reduced from £39.99! Bargain



Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:26

Newcastle here, nothing going in the ground any time soon it seems, we're pretty high up and still having snow/heavy frosts. 

I've got tomatos, peppers, chillis, cucumbers all sown on my windowsill, i've got carrots, pak choi, beetroot sown in the unheated greenhouse last weekend, and have broad beans ready to plant out but dare not atm. The greenhouse is getting chocker, with hardy annuals too, ready to go out too...

This time last year we had dinner in the garden lol, at least the fruit trees are still hiding, they got a hammering last year as they got caught out by the heat wave that turned to heavy frosts the week later, 

In the Green

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:05

Mine arrived yesterday, look good, still got flowers on them so you can see what they are.. gonna have to get home early from work tonight and try and get them in the ground before the snow hits lol.. 

In the Green

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 12:58

I've just ordered some for myself. I've always been told you get more success planting in the green (ie now) than planting dry bulbs like those in your link from poundland. 

I ordered 100 from (ad was in GW mag), and they were £9 + 3.50 postage, i also wanted some bluebells so got those at the same time. If you're looking for them now "in the greens" are probably the way to go.

Snow drops

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 13:27

i just ordered some from  saw the ad GW magazine last month, seem to have been around for a while and found a good post about them on here so gave them a try, have lots of types, i just went for the cheap bog standards ones £9 for 100 plus postage.

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 13:19

Thanks for all the advice.

In the end i managed to source some reclaimed council slab for a couple of quid each, so as per the green house manufacturers advice i layed these on a dry mix of sand/cement. I decided against leaving open earth inside the greenhouse and will just pot everything inside, to try and avoid disease/slugs  a bit. 

The green house has been up a couple of weeks and i'm already enjoying having it I've started off with mu hardy annual flower seeds already. So plenty going on in there, veg will get module sown this week like carrots, lettuce beetroot etc.

Talkback: Seed Club - early seed sowing

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 15:07
I've sown my first lot of tomato seeds, which were black cherry toms, next will be the gardeners delight. I've also sown my chillies, peppers, and cucumbers all indoors in the humid fish tank room :)

They will be going in the green house once they've germinated, to be replaced by the next lot of tomato seeds.

In the unheated greenhouse itself i've sown my hardy annuals like nigella, corncockle, cornflower etc. I'll be sowing my carrots, lettuce, spinich, peas etc in modules this weekend. I've already got ft high broad beans in there which will be being planted out soon.

Although more work than planting direct in the soil, it seems you get much more consistent results from underglass sowings of many crops. When monty was bemoaning his carrots on GW i was busy harvesting lovely carrots in the cold wet north! And this will be only my second season of growing veg.

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 14:10

I'm about to order my first green house. I've settled on a wooden frame greenhouse with toughened glass, because it can get pretty windy where we live.

It'll be 6x10ish and i'll need to prepare a level base for them to install on.

The area of garden i've chosen is currently turf, so can install pretty much any base.

I think for the frame support i'm looking at pathing slabs, but the question is for inside the greenhouse am i better to just pave it all? Or pave a rectangle, and put gravel in the middle to allow better drainage? Or indeed am i better for something like tomatos digging a trench into the ground , lining with weed barrier, refilling with compost and effectively planting striaght into the ground?

Any thoughts and advice are well recieved.



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