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first-essentails-for-a-first-green-house

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 11:59

I use a paraffin heater - does work a treat if tricky to get the wick size right, not too big to produce lots of black soot or too small that it burns out.

Solar lights are cheap, a shed one costs about £10 on amazon. Works even in winter.

The cloth is a good idea as the glass gets dirty all the time and it is suprising what a difference a clean pane makes in spring.

If you have anything tender then collect bubble wrap to place inside the greenhouse to keep the temperature level over the worst of winter. Remove in spring. I reuse the stuff found in packaging, though am sure the bubble wrap sold in shops might be different.

You could also try a greenhouse in a greenhouse - those cheap £10 plastic greenhouses (cheap staging!). That should give an additional 1-2C difference to plants in there in winter and is the difference to freezing and not!

advice-on-how-to-choose-a-lean-to-polycarbonate-grow-house

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 11:50

I bought a 3 tier cold frame from Robert Dyas (less than £31.99 with 20% off right now). Worked a treat to over winter plants - not good for non-hardy plants but great to keep plants dry and that crucial bit warmer. Small and fits in any garden. Would recommend totally.

 

Argos also has a 3 by 6 ft polycarbonate greenhouse for £180.

first-essentails-for-a-first-green-house

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 21:26

A heater for winter, a solar powered light (assuming no electricity in greenhouse), a water source (or guttering around the greenhouse and a tank to collect that rainfall), a cloth for keeping the glass clean.

small-garden-ideas

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:13

I would put a hedge of Hornbeam. They can be pruned to be very thin and keep their leaves mostly through the winter.

cuttings-from-hydrangeas

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:12

I root the in water, very easy.

difference-in-bulb-sizes

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 09:54

Large Allium bulbs have a habit of dividing in twain to produce 2 flowering plants, so bigger can be good to get more plants!

black-currant

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 07:35

You prune the old wood - it is brown-yellow in colour and normally has flowers.fruit on it. Cut them to the ground after fruiting. New growth (and next years fruit)  are the green stems. You leave them.

hedge-problem

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 21:02

Hornbeam is good for 'evergreen' cover and for thin hedges and you can mix that with other hedging plants. If you wait a few months then you can get all these hedge plants for pence each bare root.

hedge-problem

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:42

Hawthorn - no one is going to go through that, it is cheap, easy to grow and grows fast. You can mix in evergreens with it.

hebe-cuttings

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 13:02

I normally root them in water. I think a wet tissue in a bag works fine - have used that coming back from holiday many a time!

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