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 [...]
Category Archive for 'Greenhouse growing'
Crop failures are pretty bad. You put all that effort in, coaxing the seed into life, nurturing and cossetting with all the optimism of an early-season gardener. Then along comes the weather, or rabbits, or mice, or slugs (or, in my case, a rampaging cow. Don’t ask or I may have to sob). Suddenly your [...]
Well I thought I was doing pretty well on the exotics front this year, what with the tomatilloes hogging one end of the greenhouse and my huge tree chilli – now, in its second year, almost at roof height – fighting it out with the tomatoes at the other. The loquat tree is thriving, the [...]
You won’t be gardening long before you feel the need for a little electricity. I don’t mean excitement: goodness, there’s quite enough of that what with mouse invasions and that branch falling on my greenhouse roof and stoving in several panes at once. And positive things too, like the gorgeous Ensete ventricosa (deep purple banana) [...]
Some jobs in the garden are brain-freezingly, thought-paralysingly boring. Mostly they involve cleaning things. I don’t think I’ve cleaned a pot, or a seed tray, since circa 1980. I hate it with a passion: all that standing about in December with buckets and pots of Citrox watching 500 7.5cm pots passing before my eyes like a masochist’s version of the Generation [...]