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Buying a second hand greenhouse

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 03:58
Above anything else, keep yer sense of humour ! As the old verse goes, 'Since all things come in pairs or flocks, Whence comes this pile of single socks.'

Wilko's, that much bandied name for replacement nuts'n' bolts, is a jolly good emporium for the easy side of the market. The Woolies of horticulture, bless 'em.
From yer piccies, I am IMPRESSED. My own was done as QAP, before heavy weather set in, and hoping to impress the one who knows all, she who must. It worked. It is 'original' in every aspect, but does the job, pegged down with 2' (600mm, OR 60 cm home made pegs into the base soil. The main problem is, keeping the place clear of 'other things', he incants darkly. Stuff that one is convinced that it will 'come in handy sometime'. You look well 'organdized', in the words of Wol, in the Pooh stories.

Beware of high winds.

New Allotment, advice please!!

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:37
I have just written a load of 'advice ' to your post, and lost the whole thing !

Grow, onions, parsnips, peas,broad beans, runner beans, a corner for rhubarb, another corner for composting, a SHED !!!!!! fruit canes, greens, ie, purple sprouting broccoli, red cabbage, whatever and wherever your whim and fancy take you. Patience is the watch word. Seeds come up as and when they feel like it ! Don't peep to see if they're doing anything ! If you have the space, some seed trays, pots and more pots and trays !!!!

Tools: string, dibber, a long-ish plank or board to walk upon when sowing or planting. Netting and short canes for supporting the netting. containers for storing the seed packets, a trowel, fork, spade, netting for runner beans, sweet peas, a corner for a bee hive, scavenge, liberate, beg borrow or steal anything, and become a true allotmenteer ! Make friends with a stable, farmer who has plenty of muck fresh or otherwise. You can brew it up on your place if it's too fresh.

Buy seed from any reasonable shop. Even Wilko's at a stretch., but More Reasons, Homebase, wherever. All the seeds are much of a muchness.
Go by the simple acronym, KISS...... keep it simple stupid.
Have a wonderful time, and slow down. Let it all happen !

Buying a second hand greenhouse

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 13:36
'W' clips, y'can't have enuff of 'em ! If I had only doubled up on the number of 'em, then I would save about ??20 pa in replacing glass panes ! I forgot in my first 'list' to put in a couple of boxes of plasters, children's plastic balls for putting over the ends of bamboo canes. A well read copy of 50 Sheds of Grey, Self Sufficiency by John Seymour, a wind up gramophone with the Messiah, Marriage of Figaro, Beethoven's Symphonies, all of 'em. A gradually well stocked wine rack of home brewed and nicely aged wines from the garden. Binocular, for observing the birds, a flask for tea and unexpected visitors, perhaps a small BBQ for impulse carbonisation of otherwise good food, a battery charger for the model helicopter, and sun tan lotion, for dreaming away the rainfall.

Anyone dismantled a greenhouse? Easy or not?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:56
'Sfunny how things seem to come DOWN or APART, quite easily, but putting them back together is a bugger ! I have spent 70 years finding spare nuts and bolts after re-assembling things, and putting said nuts 'n' blots in a large jar, saving them for YEARS and never finding where they come from, nor another use for them ! All the same, bless WD40, 3IN1 OIL, small adjustable spanners, socket sets, pliers,
( needle nosed and electrical) a few cans of standard brewed Oh be Joyful, and understanding wifie, large adjustable spanners, spare sets of hoes, dutch and olde English,spades, forks, rakes, spring rakes, rigid rakes of various widths
( no jokes please ), loads of pots, trays, something or others, grow bags, trowels, dibbers, secateurs, more oil, bamboo canes of various sizes and diameters, twines, Palettes, old carpets, discarded tumbler composters, hedge trimmers, lawn mowers,tillers, nettings, poles for netting supports, a collection of some 2000 litres of rain water butts, and not least, a wonderful woman to share my joy with. Niw, where did I put that dibber ? I'll be in Newcastle tomorrow, BB, but will be with you in spirit, or in Copper Sulphate at least.

Anyone dismantled a greenhouse? Easy or not?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 23:10
I think there's gunna be a bit of greenhouse envy going on here ! It'll be a bit of a pane, but ne'er mind.

Anyone dismantled a greenhouse? Easy or not?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:37
Bless you, Mike. I have great times with She who must, and we spend all our time oop t'lotty, roaring with laughter, rejoicing in the smells of damp soil, pollywogs, birds, bees, fruits, veggies and muck spreading. We spring things on each other, and every 5 minutes, say across the patch, how happy we are, and how much we love each other. Gardening IS the finest past time, next to classical music or a AC/DC concert !

Anyone dismantled a greenhouse? Easy or not?

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 23:30
Tell, he who must, that it is THERAPY. Keep it short, assertive and erudite. Rehearse, research and then retreat ! The old adage that People in glass houses needs to be explained as, in glass houses, they get the seeds and plants going a lot sooner, and steal a march on martyrs of open ground patches !

Good luck BB.

Anyone dismantled a greenhouse? Easy or not?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 00:15
I am an inveterate collector of what She who MUST ABE OBEYED junk. I had an offer of a 6 X 12 greenhouse. Collect it. From 1/2 a mile away. In the back of a Rover 2000 estate, On a windy day. With a bad back., No previous experience.

It took 2 hours to dismantle the glass house, develop a quick system of getting all the clips, bolts, screws, bracing stays, whatchyamcallits and thingummy-bobs together in a disintegrating cardboard box.
One hour later, after a cuppa tea, I started UN-loading the car near to the lotty gate. Two hours later, several cuts to chilly fingers, and haemorrhaging only slightly, I handled all the pieces into the lotty, and surveyed the land space. I eventually situated it by a sort of natural Feng Shui , paced out the space needed, and all of a sudden, after a blinding bolt of light from on high, and a loud and crashing outburst of the Hallelujah Chorus, followed by Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Bad Moon Arisin', I felt that I had to lift up the assembled but empty framework,rather like a tortoise, and walked it into a proposed site for it. it seemed to fit like a glove. I dug a trench around for laying some blocks, to rest the frame upon. Levelled it all out by eye, and within another hour, had it located onto the blocks, suitably tilted so that the rain off the roof would rdrain off and into the runaway holes in the guttering. It took 5 hours to clean the glass that I hadn't
t broken, repaired the sliding door to slide smoothly, and I dare say, it was only a week before I was actually USING the thing !
Now, for a moody old bugger like myself, back problems and copious bleeding into the bargain, I think it was a job that came together so well, it was meant to be. If I can do it, ANYBODY can. It is still standing, and costs about ??25 per year in storm damage, but is a pleasure beyond price.

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 23:51

Me wild life pond has been somewhat bereft of life at all reently. Today tho', I went oop t'lotty with She who MUST, and found two dollops of spawn........... AT LAST !!!   Late last summer, I had some help enlarging the wee pond we had by 'Wor Shed', which was a bittie overgrown and crowded. Made it bigger by some 50% I reckon. Anyway, it is filled up naturally, new weeds establishing gradually, and soon She who MUST, will be chattering away to the growing population of frogs.  I shall post a picie of said pond, and dollops by tomorrow, if the weather is clement.

Greenhouse gone to see the wizard of Oz!!!!

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:00

I spent £60 on new panes and  'W' clips, to replace the Oz tourism. Then, the storms came, but up here, in Northumberland, we had it relatively easy. The soil is still very clarty, but with a bit of adding veg matter into trenches, I think we can pick up a bit of growing space.  I think I spend about £25 pa on replacement glass, but it's worth it. 

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