Ebay has been a great source of ‘not quite free but nearly’ stuff for the allotment. The
greenhouse was won with a £6.50 bid but the seller was so happy to get it moved out of their garden (small children, footballs and non safety glass don’t really work) she didn’t charge for it. And the shed cost £10.
But of course, both had to be dismantled and transported back to the plot.
We’ve put some heavy duty underlay (free from a skip at the greenhouse seller’s place…) down in the greenhouse frame to kill off the grass underneath and act as a floor. It also came with some greenhouse staging which will be useful.
One of the main reasons to get the shed and greenhouse up as soon as possible is the water situation – there is none at the allotments so we need to get our water butts set up to collect the rain water as it runs off (guttering is the next purchase).
The shed is now looking very good, tiny bit of patching up to do but it is just about complete. The greenhouse is coming on nicely too, about half the glass is back in already.
And here’s the man who’s been doing all this hard work, carrying in the wood he’s planning to make a fruit cage with…
Even though I’ve only had my greenhouse for a few months, I can’t imagine life without it now! It is crammed full of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers and everything is doing really well.
We’ve already harvested a few of the first red tomatoes (delicious!)
The cucumbers are doing very well too – we picked the first one a few weeks ago and it all seemed to go very quiet until all of a sudden, tiny cucumber plants sprouted all over the place. There are at least four on one plant and three on another, luckily we eat a lot of it!
I’m also growing Crystal Apple cucumbers and again, the plant has gone a bit mad – great news as these are the tastiest of cucumbers, can’t understand why they aren’t more popular. I’d never heard of them until last year when I saw a packet of seeds and decided to try them.
Plenty of peppers in the greenhouse too, I have to keep swapping them round on the shelves to make sure they all get enough sunlight and space.
We’re now having conversations about whether we should take on an allotment, hope we’re not getting too carried away – this veg growing is a bit addictive…
In spite of having a netting cover, something has managed to sneak in and make a meal of my courgette plant! Luckily I planted the other courgette in a pot which is in the greenhouse so hopefully we will still manage to harvest some.
The cucumber I planted in the same bed has also been nibbled but not quite so viciously – and is that the tiny beginnings of a cucumber I can see? Hope it will survive, again I’ve got others in pots in the greenhouse so we should be ok. I’ve now got it covered with a plastic crate held down with tent pegs for the time being and will set up another beer trap in this raised bed as I think it is probably slugs.
There has also been a tomato disaster, this time it was the little green insects nibbling away at the stems that did it. I managed to rescue a couple but they are looking a bit fragile so time will tell if they can recover. I really do have far too many tomato plants though and the greenhouse ones seem to be thriving (so far…).
In more cheerful (and colourful) news, I’ve been busy planting up hanging baskets…
Very busy weekend in the garden, I’ve finally got round to planting the tray of leek seedlings I sowed earlier in Spring, plus the sweetcorn plants and sown some beetroot. Several hanging baskets and a couple of troughs planted, quite a few things potted on, a hydrangea and a bleeding heart plant rehomed in much bigger pots and a lot of tidying up and sorting out done. I’m exhausted, I’d like a weekend to get over my weekend now please!
Delighted to have some roses flowering too, I even cut a few and made a little display:
I’m beginning to panic a little bit about all the ‘stuff’ I need to get done before we go on holiday for a few weeks (South of France, staying in a lovely little cottage near Nimes, can’t wait!). So I’ve done a bit of gardening in the rain tonight – we did actually have a little bit of sunshine earlier but it soon clouded over.
Before I did anything else, I ‘harvested’ some lettuce, mixed leaves and rocket – all of which has suddenly grown and seem to be taking over the cold frame.
Then some potting on – little and large here were sown on the same day but one courgette plant seems to have done a lot better than the other.
I popped the larger one in a pot, putting in a cane to help support it before placing the plant in the pot – I’ve managed to skewer the roots of a plant in the past so I’m trying to be a bit more careful now…
Some of the tomatoes needed tying up and a couple needed a better cane support so I got those jobs done before making up a couple of hanging baskets which are going to go out at the weekend. By that time it was raining quite heavily so I put everything back in the greenhouse, watered all the tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and flowers and made a dash back to the house. Not before taking a couple of photos of the packed greenhouse, a sight that makes me very happy 🙂
I had big plans for a major day in the garden and greenhouse today but the relentless rain got in the way. However, about 4 pm it brightened up a little and the rain stopped so out I went. In spite of the weather, it was nice and warm in the greenhouse – oh, did I mention I have a
greenhouse now? 😉
Watered everything and decided to put a cucumber and a courgette plant in one of the raised beds instead of keeping them all in pots, will see how that works. Then decided to plant a
couple of my small hanging baskets, a fuchsia and petunia in each with a trailing plant I’m not sure the name of and a seedling which I’m hoping is a stock but may be a pepper due to
Then I set about potting on the rest of the stocks/peppers in that little batch, as well as another couple of plants which have outgrown their previous homes – getting absolutely soaked in the process as by the time I was half way through, it had started raining again.
Back indoors in the dry and warm again now, but with the added glow of having ticked off a few things on my weekend checklist.
I’ve missed a trick here, really should have asked a local celebrity or the mayor to come and cut the red ribbon to officially open my new greenhouse..
We had to have some more glass cut as there were some breakages moving it but my husband got that done locally and got everything finished this week – including building a great piece of greenhouse staging out of an old pallet and some planks. I’m absolutely delighted with it all and will be moving everything in over the weekend.
Just to get started, I repotted a couple of the biggest tomatoes which have been living on the spare bedroom windowsill – let’s hope they survive the move as I really should have potted them on a bit earlier. Looking good so far though..
Busy weekend ahead sorting potting on the rest of the tomatoes and sorting out the
cucumbers and peppers too.
About half the glass is now in place in the greenhouse, but my handyman has run out of the clips needed to keep the glass in the frame. It looks great, can’t wait to put my plants and seedlings in when it is done.
Well, it is up and looking very good! No glass in yet and unfortunately my Mr Fixit is away so I won’t quite have it done for the bank holiday. Nearly there…
Delighted to see that the greenhouse erection has begun, this is the current state of play:
The greenhouse you can see at the top of the photo is our next door neighbours – I’ve been envying it for quite a while so can’t wait to have my own. The next stage is a two person job but fortunately for me, I’m not going to be assistant greenhouse erector, someone else is lined up for that job…