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Shrinking Violet

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Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 20:25

averil - we were all GH virgins once upon a time

It isn't as daunting as it might at first seem - and a good bit of common sense, a reading of all sorts of gardening books - and asking on a good forum such as this, will help you to overcome the initial apprehension you may have.  When I first had a GH I had precious few frames of reference - you have the advantage that you can ask questions as you go along.

So - enjoy!  And no matter how humdrum your question may seem, please ask.  There are many who will be only too happy to help.

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 15:38

Oh, yes figrat - I'd forgotten all about the fan being set to cool the GH down in the summer.  (Not surprising, really, since I can't remember when we had a real, hot summer )  I would like automatic vent openers, but the ones I have got, I am unable to fit.  OH said he would do it ummmmmmm a few, ummmmmm a lot of years ago.  Still waiting. 

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 14:54

My GH is my sanctuary - I could (do, actually) spend hours there, especially in the spring when I'm sowing seed, pricking out plants and potting them on etc.  I take my radio and it is a little bit of heaven, snug inside no matter what the weather is like.

My suggestions would be, like others, get one as big as you can afford and locate.  Then have an electric fan, that can be set for "frost" setting.  It keeps the temperature just above freezing, but only switches on when the thermostat registers the temp.  I have it a little bit warmer when I have seeds in there, but also use electric propogators, which have helped enormously.

I also insulate in the winter - bubble wrap does keep it extra cosy, so the running costs are kept as low as possible.

Hope that helps.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 14:46

Grey and cloudy but warmer.  Well, I exaggerate - what I mean is it's less cold

Looks gloomy for the weekend, but could be brighter on Monday - fingers crossed 'cos that's when the Olympic torch comes through our village.  We are bedecked in bunting, flags and finery - just soooo hope it doesn't rain on our parade!

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:47

Moonlit Hare - I thought it would be a good idea to ask B & Q, so I registered with them and posted a question.  It is now in pre-mod (where have I heard that before?) and will take up to 72 hours before it is posted.  I think it's now a case of "watch this space" (while you let their DIY paint dry.  72 Hours!  )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:25

Happy Birthday FloBear

(I hope this smiley is a party hat, and not someone poking their tongue out LOL.  Oh, the smilies on the Beeb board could sometimes be a bit more user-friendly).

Have a good one anyway!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 11:17

Sunny here in Somerset - but with that persistent chilly breeze!  At least I'm able to get out and about without getting wet. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 10:47

Sunny and breezy here;  quite chilly but a lovely "drying" day, which we sorely need after the deluge.

I took a day off yesterday from the garden, having done so much at the weekend.  But this is a sort of "doing" day, so hope to clear a few more weeds and continue sorting out the plants that are being hardened off.  I'm not brave enough to put them out yet, even though it's unlikely that we'll have a frost as such, but the wind is too cold for my tender things.

And, Frank, perhaps Cicero's "Quod di omen avertant" (May the gods avert the omen) fits the bill?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 22:08

I ache all over - result of hard graft in the garden.  Those **** weeds!  It's the goosegrass that's the worst - I come up with painful red weals if my skin has contact with the leaves and getting them out with such fragile roots and such long leaves that cling to everything is a real pain.

But it's been a lovely day - wall to wall sunshine and even the cool breeze was fresh rather than chilling.  And more tomorrow!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 22:03

It's been lovely here - bright sunshine but with a stiff, cool breeze, which helped to get the washing dry and also to dry out the ground (a bit!).  Supposed to be like this all weekend - hooray, some real sun at last.

The weeds have threatened to take over the garden - they have grown unbelievably large.  At least I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

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