Greenhouse news – February 2018

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. Continue reading

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Full to bursting – the greenhouse end of February

I have wanted to write an update about progress in the greenhouse for the last couple of weeks; things progress so quickly it is easy to be swept along without taking time to note exactly what happens.

I love the smell when I open the greenhouse in the morning, that wonderful earthy smell mixed with citrus flowers and opening flowers of Narcissus.  Continue reading

Greenhouse – Sowing begins!

The wind is howling and the temperatures are falling; I just checked the forecast and terrifyingly we are threatened with temperatures falling to minus 5°C for the next two days and remaining cold for at least the next week.

Certainly it isn’t the time to be out in the garden but it is relatively warmer in the greenhouse and seed sowing has already begun to supply plants for the vegetable and cuttings garden for the summer to come.  Last year I sowed some seeds in the early autumn but the plants grew too quickly and were leggy by the time they were planted out.  There are some plants that I will sow later this year because I discovered they need more heat to grow strongly.  Zinnias, although I can’t complain about the crop would benefit from a later sowing so I’ll sow those in early spring. Continue reading

The Greenhouse in early April

Amazingly the temperature in the greenhouse fell to 2.5°C on Monday night and just 1°C last night!  This is an unheard of low in April.  I removed the heater last week and put it away; I even turned off all the heated propagating trays – MISTAKE!

During the days the north wind is blowing and it is freezing to be outside; The Tramontana is a wind that cuts through you and I am tired of hearing it; in the greenhouse the temperature rises because the sun is strong; according to the forecast on my phone temperatures aren’t due to rise above 20°C for at least the next couple of weeks, I hope they are wrong. Continue reading