It is probably almost a year since I last wrote about the greenhouse; as I have mentioned before it is too hot inside to use the greenhouse in summer even with shade netting fixed outside. I have left the shade netting on even in winter as on a sunny day, even in winter, temperatures can rise too high for good growth.
This winter there have been many more grey days as well as much lower temperatures than other years. Most winters the daytime temperatures will be in the region of 10 – 15°C and in the sun it easily feels like the low 20’s°C, but not this year; there seem to have been weeks when the temperature during the day has not risen above 10°C. During this time the greenhouse has been a haven to escape to, to sow seeds, prick-out, and pot on successful cuttings taken in autumn. So come with me, lets go inside.
On the stand just inside the door are lots of cuttings from Cistus, Santolina, Lavender, Salvia etc. They will be ready to go into the cold-frame when the next cold spell from Siberia is over.
I planted a few Pak Choy into one of the pots vacated by tulips that have been picked
I had hoped to leave all the citrus outside but some very cold temperatures were forecast so I had to make space for them.
This weekend snow is forecast and temperatures dipping as low as minus 8°C have been promised. I hope they are wrong about this as there is blossom already on the apricot tree and as you know from my vase this week, the wild plums are in full blossom.
On the floor under the seedtray rack are newly potted Dahlias.
But there has been enough leaves for a salad at least once every week.
I’ve been covering my seed with sand rather than soil recently and I hope this may help with any problems of damping off. Won’t help with whatever ate ALL of the parsley seedlings though. I imagine it was a slug but unfortunately I haven’t found the culprit so I’m worried that it will return for another feast.
Last winter I bought this plastic cold-frame to harden off my plants before planting them out into the garden; I could see it was a good idea but when the plastic cover was zipped up and the wind blew, the whole thing sailed across the garden. After a summer in the sun the zip no longer functions and the plastic cover is degraded; I will use the frame covered with some shade netting on one of the vegetable beds to extend the season for the lettuce which succumb to bolting quickly once we are into June.
I’m thrilled with the new cold-frame purchased from the Chelsea Flower show, and then shipped; I really wish I’d bought two!
Do you have a greenhouse, how do you use yours?
I know much of northern Europe in expecting cold weather too, so keep warm and just keep telling yourself that spring will soon be here.