Welcome to my greenhouse, I haven’t posted about it for ages.
I’m joining Helen at Patient gardener for her new meme about gardening under glass.
I use my greenhouse for overwintering Citrus although this year one lemon has remained outside and is doing very well in the most sheltered place on the terrace protected by the house from the cold north and east winds. Those inside are flowering and putting on new growth so it is worth protecting them in this way as I’ll have lemons through the summer if I’m lucky. The limes also have fruit and flowers so there should be limes to make marmalade now and some to use in Thai dishes in the coming months. Has anyone ever tried preserving limes with salt in the same way you can lemons? I’d love to hear how to do it if you’ve tried.
The other main use is more sowing seeds in a light warm place. Sometimes it can be too warm as even in winter the temperature can reach the high 30’s°C and so I never actually remove the shade netting even in winter; it is attached over a wire so I can pull it across as required.
Since the beginning of February the door has been open all day most days. There are 4 roof lights (windows) 3 of which open automatically when the temperature inside reaches 20°C.
I have some great seed racks from Two Wests and Elliot which I find very versatile, in summer they are easily moved outside to an area where I have shade netting to keep new young plants that have been grown for autumn planting.
I started sowing in January this year. I sowed peppers and aubergines and lots of salad leaves to use some to grow on to be full grown lettuces of various types and the rest will be eaten as micro salad leaves as needed. I intend growing a lot more of this kind of crop this autumn to supply lots of lovely leaves during the winter. This past year I had only purple Pak Choi but seeing how well it has grown and reading in various magazines about growing many different varieties of crops in this way I am inspired to grow a lot more. Maybe even some potatoes in pots and carrots too.
Tomorrow is Garden Bloggers Foliage Day (GBFD) so if you’d like to showcase some foliage in your garden please feel free to join in. All you need to do is add a link back to my post in yours and leave a comment with your link; everyone is very welcome, it’s always lovely to see what different foliage is featuring in your garden each month.