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1st greenhouse coming

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:11

I have shelving and a potting bench on one side, a path in the middle and earth on the other side. I add rotted manure and compost to the earth each year for the tomatoes but I haven't changed the soil yet, been 6 or 7 years and it's been fine. Perhaps I've just been lucky. I spring, when I have loads of seedlings I put up trestles with planks on them over the earth bit to make extra shelving.

Hello from Canada

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:06

If it isn't heated there isn't much difference at night. When the sun shines it can get quite hot. I have a little heater which raises the temp about 4° higher than outside and keeps it frost free, but I don't put it on or use the GH until March.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:02

Wish I'd watched it, it's an hour later in France and I was tired so went to get ready for bed. Is it a series?

Hello Frank, haven't seen you for a bit.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:00

Bother, wish I'd watched it. Turned off TV to get ready for bed, it's an hour later here in France.

seed sowing

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:31

Is it a heated propagator? If so then sow now, mine are coming up. But is your GH frost free or heated? Because you will need somewhere to put the baby plants when you pot them on. If you haven't an electric propagator then sow them indoors on a windowsill, preferably with a radiator under the window sill.

Moss Moss Moss!!

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:26

The sun in the summer should help.

Rose Maintenance

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:25

Start feeding now. Use rose fertiliser. Pruning needs to be done by the end of March. I spray for fungal diseases just as the leaves start appearing, but as Dave says, you can start earlier.

Well rotted manure as a growing medium

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:22

I have a friend who used manure like that to fill raised beds. He grew all that you are growing and it did very well, but he didn't grow carrots or parsnips.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:20

I haven't done mine yet, make sure it's well rotted.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:19

Hostas are hardy and can be left out all year round. But as yours have already been indoors and have leaves earlier than usual I would put them in the unheated greenhouse, but not where they would be scorched by the sun. They prefer a bit of shade.

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