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1st greenhouse coming

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:56

Hi Barry

I'm excited for you! i hope you get years of pleasure from it. I got mine a couple of years ago and like you did a bit of research into the layout. I went with paving slabs down two thirds and then open soil down the final third. I plant tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, garlic etc in the soil. I have two shelves down the opposite side for seedlings and cuttings. I also have a wooden pottering bench that I have out during the spring and then slip it under the shelves during summer. I've found I can never have enough surfaces. Having the slabs also enables me to grow in pots or grow bags too so the best of both worlds. 

The only warning ive had from a helpful person on the forum is that I need to change the soil in the open bit every two or three years. Bit of a chore, and I've not done it yet. Just made do with adding fresh compost and manure in spring. 

Here are some pics.  Would love to see yours when it arrives. Congrats!


Best compost for 2015

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 23:11

I'm trying Jacks Magic £6.99 for a 60l bag and it's buy one get one free at one of our local garden centres. Really like it. Great texture, rich and crumbly. Tried my usual Arthur j bowers and its full of chunks and far too lumpy for potting on. 

Photos of the garden today

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 23:06

Beautiful hellebores Lyn. Do you feed them? Are they very old ones? Would love to get mine to flower as much as that.

Wild Garlic

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 23:03

I heard the same so I have some in a pot. It's been in their for two years and has done well. Just started to sprout again.

update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 23:01

I'm with you Sam. Sadly I find that there's little point trying to encourage reasoning, common sense and harmony on the topic as I know from experience on here. You'll just get ranted at and patronised, thankfully not by everyone though.

If you are really concerned you can always report threads to the moderators who have kindly removed threads before which promote dangerous and harmful things to animals under the guise of debate. Also some people have made sensible suggestions in the past on here to deter kitties that don't involve risks to their health.

Hope you get some reassurance that not all gardeners on here feel so negatively about cats. I love all animals and absolutely dispair at cruelty as do a lot of people on this forum.  I couldn't garden without my cat or the pleasure of the company of my neighbours cats. 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 06:31

Yes garden girl, mine were mixed too but only 14 in a packet. I bet you'll have an amazing display with 50. Can't wait to see how you get on.

i agree Ashdale. Full-time work and gardening is a tricky mix! Just been out in the greenhouse to see what's sprouted. I'll be back in there tonight!

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:47

Gardengirl, I'm growing freesias too but mine said to plant in March so put them in pots on Sunday. Will let you know how they get on. Are yours similar small bulbs?


Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 21:32

I've got my first batch of seeds germinated in the heated propagator all potted up to grow on. Put second lot of seeds in the heated propogator yesterday. Can't wait til it's warm enough to plant outside.


Growing tomatoes

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 18:55

Thanks John and Simon.  I now know what I'll be doing next weekend!

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 08:36

Hi Simon - I'm a bit daunted by the work involved with changing the compost in my greenhouse. Ive only had the greenhouse for two years so I guess I should really change it this year. I grow toms and cucumbers in there.  I have, each year, added lots of manure to it and mixed in a bag of shop bought compost too. Will adding nutrients like this to it negate the need to replace it?

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