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First greenhouse - advice?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 21:30

Hi Lily. I got my first greenhouse in April this year and it's brilliant! It will open up a whole new world for you. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

Ventilation is definitely one of the most important factors.

I can recommend "The Greenhouse Expert" book as it is a simple guide on how to care for the greenhouse on a month by month basis and gives advice on propagating and caring for plants at different times of the year.



Posted: 18/10/2014 at 15:45

Ah - missed that one, ta Dove


Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:32

I have 2 dahlias in pots. When is the best time to lift them to put inside for the winter? Will a littlebit of frost kill them? I am in the south west so still fairly mild at the moment.

Monty's cat

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:56

Thanks everyone. My cat follows me around the garden like a dog!

Monty's cat

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 19:20

We caught a glimpse of Monty Don's black cat on Friday's GW. Does anyone know his/her name? I think us cat lovers should campaign to see more of the mog on the programme. We all love Nigel but cats  enjoy gardens too!


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:43

Thanks for the advice everyone


Posted: 07/10/2014 at 22:28

Glad to see this thread, can anyone please advise -How necessary is it to insulate a greenhouse over the winter? I was going to use mine to overwinter my new perennial seedlings and plants such as helenium, eryngium and echinacea. Also to protect tender plants such as tree fern and canna.

Will it not be enough that they are protected from heavy frost or do I need to insulate aswell?

Baby hedgehog

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:11

My cat had her first encounter with a hedgehog last night. She was not sure what to make of it so just sat and stared, luckily she didn't have a go as she would have probably regretted it! It was great to see a hedgehog - the first one this year.

As kids we always called them "hedgepigs" ( still do if I'm honest), not really sure why

orange plants

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 09:59

Does anyone know how to look after orange plants please?

They were grown from seed over a year ago and they are now approx. 6"tall in small pots. They have been in a greenhouse over the summer but what happens next - should we bring them indoors?

Also can anyone suggest a suitable feed as they are not looking very happy and have not grown much recently?


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 20:02


The grasses are looking great in our front garden at the moment - carex frosted curls, miscanthus species,  stips tenuissima, stips gigantea, deschampsia flexuosa tatra gold.

The verbena bonariensis, salvia and the stokesia are still giving plenty of colour too.

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Discussions started by Winniecat


When to lift 
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Monty's cat

very cute 
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orange plants

not happy 
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how to dry? 
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Taunton Flower Show

Has anyone been? 
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tatty toms

ok to remove leaves? 
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not enough bees

runner beans not setting pods 
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to pinch out or not to pinch out 
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potato blight - please help!

potato blight 
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white "mould" on my seedling trays

white mould problem 
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I can't upload a profile image 
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what plant to plant?

plant for new border 
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what veg can I plant now? 
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