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Insulating a METAL greenhouse

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:35

Thank you SO much Lyn - ordered!

Insulating a METAL greenhouse

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 20:12

Thank you one and all... drilling is beyond my capabilities BUT am liking the idea of wire as there are odd holes already available to fix the wire into plus clothes pegs sound like a genius idea. Hoorah for Gardeners World yet again


Insulating a METAL greenhouse

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 17:31

Last year we insulated our newly erected metal greenhouse. I used a garden centre pack which contained the exact amount of bubble wrap needed plus fiddly little green plastic doofas which poke through the bubblewrap and into the slots in the aluminium frame then twist to lock.

HOWEVER the ends of the greenhouse do not HAVE slots, so I ended up with a sort of bubblewrap draped tent out of the Arabian Nights. Masking tape onto the frame came unstuck when condensation formed, parcel tape ditto.

It is now time to insulate... what does everyone else use to fix it into the corners please?

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 17:04

Good idea Edd - thank you!

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 16:25

HOORAH! I have looked up all your kind suggestions on google images and have a definitive answer. Fanfare....

It is Lonicera Nitida "Maygreen".

I am off to write it in my garden journal NOW before I lose the bit of paper I have just written it on.

Thank you all for your kind help, and especially nutcutlet.

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 18:39

We have lived here nearly 8 years and I have been clipping what I thought were box bushes only to spot today some trumpet shaped pairs of tiny white flowers with staments protruding. I have a photo - but it says there is a problem when I click on the 'upload a photo' option at the top.

Has anyone any ideas of something which looks like a box but isn't, and thrives in a cold climate (next to the North Sea in Scottish Borders)

When to remove greenhouse insulation?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 22:08

Oneofseven - that is a BRILLIANT idea ......... thank you

When to remove greenhouse insulation?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 18:25

Thanks guys - The attaching leaves a LOT to be desired.... It is more draped than attached so I am anxious to remove it. I bought a 'kit' from the garden centre which was a roll of bubblewrap the width of the panes and some plastic fixers which prodded into the grooves of the frame.

HOWEVER... a lot of the frame - eg corners where the roof joins the end 'walls' doesn't HAVE grooves - so I have masking tape (not sticky enough) sandwich ties and various other eyesores cluttering up my beautiful new greenhouse  and I want to take it down

When to remove greenhouse insulation?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:47

Last year we got a proper glass greenhouse. In October I attached bubblewrap in various amateur ways to every square inch of the inside of my greenhouse.

Now I am worried that if I take it off too early all my frost protecting will have been in vain - as the geraniums, jasmine, alstromera and yucca will suffer a chill.

BUT if I leave it too long they will fry.

There is an automatic vent (which I dislodged with my over zealous bubblewrapping, but managed to fix again), and it is opening a bit when the sun shines.

SO..... when to unwrap?

Is bistort meant to go brown?

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 17:00

Thanks Kate 7 not too sure what you would call the soil they are in :-/

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Insulating a METAL greenhouse

How do others fit bubblewrap to the corners a of metal greenhouse? 
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What is this shrub I thought was box

I inherited some bushes which now have flowers - which are not buxus 
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Last Post: 11/05/2015 at 17:04

When to remove greenhouse insulation?

Next to North Sea in Scottish Borders - when to unwrap? 
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Is bistort meant to go brown?

My bistort's leaves are all brown 
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Nasty grey heap of stuff

I have found several small heaps of grey stuff like ash in the garden 
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Any experience of Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

help required 
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