I had been putting it off for a while (again) but this weekend, with some unexpectedly dry (although generally dull and overcast for the most part) weather on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, I finally started the laborious task of cleaning the greenhouses. To be completely honest, it was the need to set up the growbags for the tomatoes and cucumbers that was the driving force behind my spring clean and so I set to and started to clear out the smallest of the greenhouses.
The air was crisp but the sun was shining first thing this morning and so with the Mudlets delivered to school I decided to take a stroll down to my vegetable patch and greenhouses, to check on the progress of the various plants. Continue reading
First job was the eviction of the infested plants and their relocation into the compost bin, with the lid left off for a while to allow any passing birds unimpeded access to the feast. The empty pots were then stacked and left outside of and away from the greenhouse until I could clean them. Continue reading
Hhmmm. Quite a bit of dead scratching, chin rubbing and tutting later (I think I’ve picked up some bad habits from Mud), a solution popped into my head and I got to work. Continue reading
With the growhouses purchased for the outside section of my Winter garden, I turned my attention to the insulating of the little greenhouse which is to be home to a cauliflower, cabbage, two tubs of carrots, a tub of strawberry plants which are still trying to fruit and some of Muds’ herbs, over winter. I may even try to over winter some of this years chilli plants but as my attempts to do this with last years plants failed, I’m not holding my breath.
I had already begun to Winterfy the greenhouse by upturning some of the left over wooden crates and placing some of the ubiquitous black shelves we happen to have lying about the place, on top and then standing the tubs on these, thereby lifting them out of the draughts and off what will soon become a damp, cold and potentially frozen concrete base. Continue reading
Mind you as we now had a substantial polytunnel, the need for a greenhouse wasn’t very urgent and so we applied for and got change of use for that portion of the grant, which enabled the school to purchase the things we did need for the garden and which hadn’t been included, such as insect netting, propagators, pots, seeds, organic soil enrichers, compost and various basic garden items essential to the success of a vegetable plot. Continue reading
Each year about this time, I sow some carrot seeds in a tub, in the greenhouse. Actually this year I’m a few weeks earlier than normal because experience has taught me that the longer I can have them growing before the first frost the better the result (which isn’t that much of a surprise when I think about it). The aim is to have fresh, homegrown carrots, alongside freshly pulled parsnip, leeks, stored and cured winter squash and blanched and frozen Runner and Climbing beans with Christmas Dinner. If I have some potatoes left for roasties then that will be an added bonus. Continue reading