Latest posts by garjobo

Monkey tree

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:12

I have a ickle monkey tree which i know will take..10 and more years before it grows to any decent height..just any thoughts on whats best for monkey trees.

I have fish,bone, blood, seaweed, potash..the works...i have manure..happy to throw it all at it..will it do any harm? Or a simply compost - organic - be enough to keep it happy n healthy?

Any tips?

Greenhouse erection is up..but will it stay up??

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:07

Topbird, just to mentioned..I have to say..the structure is solid..wouldnt say wobbly now at all...But always thought the back of the greenhouse cant think of the term...Light perhaps...not much too it.. the sides, front strong/solid..but the back ..well bare in mind there are 3 panes of glass on top of each other...nothing much going on re the back is there..whereas the sides have two panes and then then angle for the roof...the back is tall..and light with only 3 panes.

Thats what i meant. Structure itself does..appear solid..but bowed at sides slightly ..if you look down the guttering you can see the bow..quite apparent actually..can only just see the other end of the gutter. And the roof is dipped slightly..again, hope to take photos.

Thanks for your reply.

Greenhouse erection is up..but will it stay up??

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:02

Thanks Bookertoo for your frank reply. Yes, i too dont like a structure to be bowing at the sides and on top..not a great sign.

However, it is aluminum frame and it is toughened safety glass - still only 3mm thick however. I have no pieces left over, and although there are a few places with 'holes' in the aluminum strips I noticed but assuming thats just for..well i dont know what they would be for but certainly i think i did it all correct..everything fits and in it's right place.

The base is level ( 99% at least and square..again was at least until i started putting up the structure ). Its cemented in etc.

I never liked the 12 wee clips the structure is attached to the base with. It could slide around..and until most of the glass went in..i could easily slide it around. But seems..weighter now.

Two panes of glass in the roof were in there was a larger gap when is in, and made secure. The only other thing was the door..a fact i totally blame the instructions..dreadful. But the door, although now in and slides/rolls etc   certainly was a good cm shorter..hence had to compensate slightly.

How can i upload photos on here? Ive tried..and wont work. Would love to show you - to see if the supported are in the right places etc?

Any thoughts? I isnt square period. It is ..slightly..out at the sides and on top. Not a massive amount..but im not being picky certainly bows. This is a 6ft x 10ft structure btw - again..with toughened glass.

I will upload some photos tonight on youtube...and then send the link. Will get some close up shots. Opinions, thoughts..more than welcome.

Thanks. In the meantime..any ideas perhaps on where i have gone wrong. Its an Eden greenhouse, purchased from Argos. £250 ish but then double that for the blasted glass ( better safe than sorry with kids around )


Greenhouse interior design..

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 23:34

Im certain its been asked before..

How to lay out your greenhouse.

Do you put pebbles on one side? Down side - all the soil getting inbetween. Good side..spray with water on a hot day and creates a misty atmos.

Soil on one side, two thin double tables..a higher shelf?

Pave the ground? tiles it? I just am not sure. I plan to make a bench out of treated wood..assuming the heat wont warp the wood? Just the flooring..cement at the moment..and not nice to look at.

Any photos of yours?

Greenhouse erection is up..but will it stay up??

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 23:30

Well - finally - my greenhouse is up.

I have a couple of questions however...

I tried to make my greenhouse as square/level as possible. The final aint square or level but its..close. The glass all fits ( bar a couple of sheets a few millimeters out but got them in ), everything works and looks..ok.

But, the sides do appear to bow out slightly...certainly a curve going on if you look down the guttering..definately bow/bend shape slightly. Also, the roof - the bar going across the roof..certainly isnt level..again..seems to bend..slightly.

Now, my granddads/dads greenhouse up for years literally were leaning at 45 degree angles!! not overly concerned..but would be interested to know...why isnt dead level/square/staight.

Surprised at how..loose..well..wobbly...i mean..just weak to touch the backend of the greenhouse is. All else appears solid enough but the backend does appear..unsupported lets say. That a common feature? Im not missing any pieces etc

Finally..the glass is in..but..i didnt look properly at the instructions and didnt place the butterfly clips in the correct spaces..aka 12mm in the corners of some panes etc..Now, i have tried to rectify this and re-did a few of the panes...but i cant reach one side of the greenhouse because its now too close to the garage etc..

How important are those the right spaces? I note..water already seems to be logged inbetween the roof panes ( where the two glass panes meet/overlap clips hold them ) well theres a ridge of water there. Even on the panes which are properly butterfly clipped in

Any reason for this?

Any any tool that can take out and put in those butterfly clips? because my fingertips are hurting right now!!


So ,theres 4 questions..that aside..happy its up and i cemented the base although i feel it kinda slides on the base if you push it ( well it did before all the glass was is only joined to the base via 12 small clips after all )..but feel i didnt do too bad a job. The spiders already seem to find it a nice place to call home!

Nightmare - keeping a greenhouse base level!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 18:49

Trying from PC..converted photo to Gif or Jpeg..nothing.

Anyway, all it was showing was the base of a greenhouse, metal 'spike' attached downwards..heading into a hole Ive dug. The corners of the base..are not meeting properly..the metal spike attached correctly  (assuming its meant to sit downwards?? into the ground?? instructions dont tell me!! ..not meant too sit upwards is it? )  Just the edges arnt meeting perfectly..not bad..but not perfect...and hence...the whole thing isnt level etc..

Nightmare - keeping a greenhouse base level!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 18:12

Yes, aware of measuring squareness..but really its the getting whole thing level.

And..cementing in the 4 edges/ 2 in the middle metal 'spikes'. Getting them too stick.

I have tried to upload a photo..appears easy to do..but doesnt upload?? whats up with the site?  Just too see if im right re the metal spikes and best approach.

I have dug 6 holes, sat the base in there..but..not flat on the more cement to build a 'ridge' perhaps to settle it in.

Any advice on upload photos!!

Nightmare - keeping a greenhouse base level!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 13:51

Literally tearing my hair out now and havent even begun on constructing the greenhouse.

THE BASE....I cant seem to get the thing square..well i can..but then its not horizonal..and when i ..just about get the thing level...the back end of it is not the same height as the front end!! AND...

..the 6 spikes I have, just shortish metal pieces, do not stick into the ground. i have cemented them in..but this morning find they are loose..aka..frame can be lifted out ( just as well as have to start again anyway!! )

Any suggesting please! Its 6ft x 10ft. The metal base...i assume is flat..but could be a little have been lifting it up etc I note that when i bolt it together the edges ..although fit corners..I wouldnt say its a snug fit..a line of gap...but the joint is bound together ok.

Its lying on a laid piece of cement...again...trying to get a 10 x6 and bigger concrete base all level..done in stages..aint easy..and its not level..however..i dug 6 holes, in corners and two at the sides..and lay the base in with the metal 'spikes' falling into the holes and I cemented it. No matter how many times I tried..and i really did correct the that its 100% was impossible to be deadon all the way around ( even if it meant lifting the base off the concrete floor..gaps fill later )

And the fact that the spikes aint stuck? any thoughts? In the poor instructions did say to use...piping?? none supplied.. I mean what do you do..stick the metal spikes in piping? and then cement??

Boring old problem i know..sorry..but any thoughts welcome. How can I get this blasted frame 100% square and level on all sides? Does it have too be???? I keep hearing about nightmare fitting glass if its not. No room for 99./9% accurate then?


update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:09

Right - sorted. This evening  - with a heavy heart - I knocked down my square/level breezeblock wall which essentially cost £25 in blocks and £15 in sand/cement and more importantly 2 days of time and an aching back.

I was about to screw the first part of the base..the front part.. when it just looked so..close to the edge ( has to be for the sliding door ) and was just slightly out i thought..clearly this is just the start of my problems.

So, a hammer in hand..i now have an impressive amount of rubblie in my garden. I have already laid the few of 3 sections of new cement..level this time. To form my base.

Hopefully, if the weather holds, I will be in a position to lay the base, cement it in ( seeing as my new cement will hardly have set yet )..and perhaps next week start building my greenhouse.

I think it was for the best dont you!  Thanks for all the advice.

update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 12:36

Nutcutlet and all other replies. THANK YOU once again for time taken. Appreciated. And oneday will upload a photo or two. I hear will be a sunny week the end of greenhouse will up up! and cuttings etc will proceed. heart is saying..keep it simple..and jsut have a step up..i hate the thought of a step in though!! and as I have already built my mini wall complete with 2ft gap for'Do It already!!' .

I'm no dad seems to might be ok..but end of the day..stop messing about and knock down my breezeblock wall etc ( which will soak up the water anyway and create moss etc etc who knows!! )

I REALLY would love to know Nutculet...this idea of the door frame struts...not having erected the greenhouse yet ( and the instuctions are scary!! )...will i simply be able to make these 'struts'cement into the ground perhaps...when you say a bit of a project...basically....

..i plan to my base to the breezewall. I have my bolts etc..and then erect the structure...and then....then use a hacksaw etc and cut through the base and the thin aluminum strip. I will then..ensure..the struts? are firmly in place? My main concern then is the door...naturally a gap at the bottom. I intend to extend with a couple of stips and some glass or plastic the door..


Right? Any other thoughts on what could go wrong? I think the Base...could it perhaps..twist..its 6ft across..will be properly fixed in..and i cut out the mid 2ft section of it..MORE POSITIVE REPLIES PLEASE!!! I dont like it when people say...'seriously weaken the structure' !!!!!! I mean..just spent £500 on this..and plan to cut it up!!! i know..i know....

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