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

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

The Greenhouse and a bit of catching up

Although out in the garden not very much changed while I was away, it was a different story in the greenhouse where all of the tomato seedlings grew at quite a pace and have now all been pricked out into larger modules and some that I had pricked out before were ready to be put in 9 cm pots.  This is the stage I really enjoy partly because at this stage it is pretty certain they will survive.

There were positively forests of seedlings from the saved seeds of tomatoes that I had particularly liked last year; for the rest I had been more restrained in the numbers I had sown as I am always loathe to throw away unwanted seedlings.  I will still have enough to give lots away to friends. Continue reading

Greenhouse-seeds and a story

Julie at Peonies and posies is posting about her very beautiful greenhouse this week so I decided to synchronise my post with hers; so that we can easily compare sowing times and we can see how we use our greenhouses.  If you have a greenhouse or just sow seeds on the windowsill why not join in and we can all learn from each other.  Also as promised is the story of how I got my greenhouse! Continue reading