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Insulating Greenhouses

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 12:15

My way is to not bother hanging sheets of bubble wrap across the greenhouse windows, use just enough to cover the seed boxes plants and pots.
Make a frame or put sticks in the corner of the boxes then cover with a piece of bubble wrap, on a very cold night drape some fleece over that I also have a frost guard fan heater.
All insulators cut off some light and light is very important to growing plants so remember to lift the cover on warmer days and let some air in at the same time.
My other option is because the green house is a lean to on the garage wall a heated sand box with thermostat and shelving above on which I can fit quite a few boxes and pots, cover only that section with a curtain of bubble wrap , the rising warmth keeps the plants comfortable.
Over many years having tried all kinds of heating and insulating none of them will ever pay you back in produce, use only enough to save valuable plants or early seeds and on the first day it looks a bit bright and warmer then sow your seed, your plants will flower, produce food just a couple of days later than early sown seeds. The way to go is keep on sowing a little and often way past when the packet tells you and have late season flowers and food.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 09:37

Sunshine and high cloud here in Stockton, snow, solid ice on the road and DDD====M Cold.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 13:14

Nice while it lasted, here in Stockton we had blue sky and sunshine, the snow was melting at a good rate and then, black clouds and heavy snow it is heading South now and all the melt has been replaced twofold, definitely not going out in it.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 10:27

Stockton looks much like a Christmas card, my trees have glacial ornaments hanging from them and it all looks very pretty the downside is I had to turn the heating up.
More snow fell and then it must have been a very heavy frost as the odd car venturing out is making a crackling sound with its tyres as it passes.
Well stocked cupboards mean I do not need venture out, "whoa up" the sun is showing its face so it may not last long.

Frank.

Seed Sowing Calander

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 12:14

Sam, in my neck of the woods the North East Coastal area a calender is not much use, you go by the feel of the weather. We can have snow and ice into March some years and are two to three weeks behind the South and middle England.
There is a heated sand bed in the greenhouse but they also need light, although south facing to pick up the light it is often drab and not really good for sowing.
When we get some good clear days then on goes the sand bed and sowing begins, putting a date or time on it would not work so it is down to experience as to what is the best time.
Seed packets are a general rule as they cannot specify for every local weather condition, Scotland would be even further behind than us, patience can be a virtue in gardening.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 12:00

Stockton started bright with a slight dusting of snow, then it clouded in from the Sea and we have heavy snowfall which is laying. Daughter rang to cancel mad Monday as they were having heavy snow just four miles away although nearer the coast.
Plans for this week??? not a lot.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 09:25

Stockton a dusting of frost, high cloud amid a blue sky, sunshine, Cleveland hills a golden misty glow over the valley, all in not a bad day for January.
Lamb ready to go in the oven suitably bedecked with fresh herbs and then a clean up for Daughter coming to clean me up tomorrow, what a fun life we lead.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 18:07

"Can't beat it can you" My Father used to say that after sitting on a wet river bank all day in the cold to catch a few brown trout, I never understood it Alan4711, I would think it dedication to ones interest or hobby.
South Wales must have shown me its pleasant face whilst stationed at Bridgend with nice days in Porthcawl with the local girls or dancing in Port Talbot, the weather seemed always good.
Dig the garden over in Autumn then let winter do its work, no help needed from us until the first awakenings of Spring then the saying goes "spring into action" that is how it is for me.
Getting very cold now in the North East still I am not dashing off to the local hop as was once the case, watch TV with a beer and think about seed sowing next month.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 13:10

We are right under a weather front fighting it out above us in Stockton. The coastal side is fair and bright the inland side dull and wet, it is sunshine and showers alternating as the front moves.
I think I will just got to the Beach with my wind break umbrella and hot water bottle.

Frank.

sowing seeds problems

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 15:39

Rose5, Try making up a seed tray with half washed sand and grit and half compost, seedlings do not need much feed to start them off.
I actually use quarter compost and three quarters sand and fine grit then prick out as soon as two leaves are set into a half and half mix potting on later into two thirds compost one third grit.
You will find this drains better although I still put a covering of grit or vermiculite on top and as the seedlings grow they get more feed from a stronger mix of compost, the grit helps drainage..
Winter sown seeds do have problems if you do not have heat and in my part of the country I do not bother finding that early February gives me all the plants I need at the time I need them.

Frank.

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