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Bubblewrapping the greenhouse

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 12:57

Bubble, bubble

Read the article about installing bubble wrap in a greenhouse a week after I had moved the tender garden plants – banana, lemon tree etc-into my 6ft aluminium greenhouse.  Great timing!  Hard to install the bubble wrap with the plants all in situ, so out they all go. Phew!  Now to put the bubble wrap in place.

Lagging an aluminium greenhouse is completely different from lagging a wooden one.  Nothing can be pinned into the structure.  All you can do is secure the wrap with plastic clips which fit into the grooves in those sections which are grooved.  No grooves in the front and back walls, so the plastic clips can’t be used there.  You have to use adhesive tape.

I decided to follow Adam’s advice and hang the wrap from the ridge.  I could not pin it but I could hang the wrap from wire strands running from front to back internally, one at ridge level and one each at the level of the two eaves.  (There are gaps in the structure through which wire can be inserted).  I then fed two 15’ lengths of wrap over the wire at ridge level and then over the wires at eaves level. The wrap was attached to the side walls using the plastic clips and the wires were tightened  from outside.

The rear and front sections (including the door) were wrapped using bubble wrap secured by all-weather tape.

The total cost of 15 m  bubble wrap, all weather tape and plastic clips was £27.00.

Quite an enjoyable job apart from the chore of clearing the greenhouse. 

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 20:45

I'd add verbena bonariensis to the list. A great plant in many ways but seeds itself everywhere.

Lily leaf disease

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:36

I've had the same problem with tradescantias. I've never encountered this before and I agree it likes like a virus helped on by the rain. 

Eremurus (desert candles )

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 21:17

I love these plants-in other people's gardens! They hate damp and cold.They are very temperamental and planting them- I once planted 20- is a nightmare since the roots are so brittle. I've only succeeded with plants I've bought , at some expense, in pots and even these have disappeared this year. The others have rotted through damp and cold. I am a bit concerned that you haven't planted them yet because there is a danger that if you hold onto them too long before planting them they will shrivel and die. I'd get them in now in really gritty soil in a spot that is not shaded by other plants, protect them aganst snails and slugs, mulch them with leafmould in winter and pray.

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