I am behind the curve. In fact so behind it am I that I’ve lost sight of it altogether and am ambling along on some vague trajectory of my own devising that has no bearing whatsoever on what I ought to be doing at this time of year. It’s been a busy autumn, but that’s [...]
Category Archive for 'Greenhouse growing'
November is change-around month in the greenhouse. Well, at least it’s meant to be. The trouble is, it’s supposed to be cold, and it just isn’t. We’re still getting double-digit temperatures during the day, and at night though it’s dipping to zero very occasionally and we’re getting some encouraging if short-lived ground frosts (the first, [...]
About now my greenhouse becomes less vegetable power house and more storage depot. Those big pumpkins on the floor are ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ – known affectionately as Cinderella pumpkins, and you can see why. Pumpkins in fairy tales look just like this: deep orange, perfectly rounded but flattened top and bottom, with deep valleyed ridges [...]
I had a bit of a tidy-up in the greenhouse this month. Goodness knows it needed it: weeds everywhere, the cucumbers in a spaghetti junction of a tangle and the tomatilloes (of which more in a minute) lurching drunkenly across the aubergines. The tomatoes have been recovering from their bad start in Greenhouse no. 2: [...]
My greenhouses are the engine rooms of my garden. I have two: both six-by-eights, or in modern parlance 1.8m x 2.4m. Aluminium, pretty bog standard, and I love them both. Neither cost me much: I just kept an eye on the small ads in the local paper (Freecycle is another happy hunting ground). The first [...]