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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 16:20

Hadnt thought of those, but yes, why not? Bit of side insulation would help, drainage holes, carry handles! I spotted a couple of the wooden crates in the shed, which jogged my memory.

So are you going to get a small greenhouse as the main set up? J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 16:06

Becks- had another cheapy idea, also GH-

Try & get hold of, a wooden veg crate, your Co-op may have some? OK slatted sides, but use some poystyrene sheet from packaging, around sides to provide some insulation & either bit of glass over the whole or some clear plastic sheet tied on!! Bingo a coldframe of sorts for transition from the little greenhouse.

Shed refilled, boxes now in order for needing. Propagator in porch, compost bags down in shed. The 2 huge lidded plastic boxes, dirt cheap from Asda that OH says will not go back into our loft now donated to daughter to use!

Need to sort thru fabric scraps now, to see what's tippable, coz they're going up pronto. Byee, J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 15:19

Why not do both? Get the inexpensive one then a bit of tip/skip scrounging for the GH version & gives you even more space! J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 15:17

That's not bad Becks, bit of both. Does have the venting facility with the lid. As well as the fixing spikes, I'd block it in place with several bricks! Come the winter use flat sheets of polystyrene around the inside to insulate it, plus a piece of fleece on top of plants inside & there you are. J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 15:14

Update- I got rid of my 2 remaining chard plants too earlier.

The wardrobe clear out has got to the 'ahh stage' ie daughter's bits of artwork, old school projects etc.

The wooden frame from the futon is being dismantled & will be kept. Too good to chuck. OH says will be easy to make daughter a slatted compost/leaf bin out of it. It's going to end up on empty greenhouse staging for the time being. Not sure any more room in the shed, but side of garge an option. My car back in there so shall investigate space next time car out.

Found daughter's, child size Arran jumper that my Mum knitted. Plus my cardi, which looks almost un-worn, probably coz I looked like Michellin man when wearing. Daughter now wearing it, brill on her, skinny so n so, & will be excellent for when she's cold in her house! J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 14:56

Banana time!

OH & daughter are dismantling her futon. It's also going to the tip & I thought she was taking it with her...

OH came home demanding his camera tripod, or my Dad's which went to his tip in '11. Anyway we knew OH's old one was in 3rd bit of daughter's wardrobe, blocked in by the futon......can you see where this is going yet?

Becks that link re Norfolk G/H looks good- more solid than a plastic, but less expensive than something bigger. Add an inexpensive coldframe- or better still make your own:

a la Geoff H- Bricks to make a base, say 2or3 high. Old spare double glazing window/polycarbonate sheet on top & weighted down. Ok not nec the safest option with Jess around, but she's old enough now to learn mustnt touch. A coldframe is warmer than outside, but cooler than any greenhouse, so a useful extra.

Right, back to shed, which isnt prooving as bad as I thought/expected. J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:15

Meant to say- you can get wooden plant houses, at a cost!! Still smallish, needs the wood treating otherwise it warps/rots all too soon & also firmly securing to a wall.

Off to put thermals on now & go do battle, along with daughter, with the slipped greenhouse roof panels. Then the shed awaits. J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:11

Becks you may be able to get a replacement plastic cover- they are often sold at CG etc.

I spotted a relatively small- 4'x4' ish- metal famed, powder coated, polycarbonate grenhouse last year at a GC. If funds permit it would be a stronger option for you, give you more space too. Would still need firmly securing to a wall/concrete fence post though as they can also 'walk'.

Try e-bay/freecycle for any dismantled ones too. Snag then will need more assembly. J.


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:23

I agree about asking to take cuttings from a shrub with the flower colour that you want.

Thay are easy plants to grow, but inclined to windrock damage, being quite shallow rooted, so I do a bit of a tidy up in the autumn, then the proper cut back early in spring. That way I dont end up with a monster that needs support!

Just to confuse the issue, I also grow the annual mallow seeds as well. J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:18

Ooh daughter just fed me with 2 pinwheel shortbread biscuits! Yummy! Magazine article possibly from '70s found with Mum's knitting patterns! J.

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