Friday, March 13

Greenhouse update

I thought that it was about time that you had another visit into our garden greenhouse. It's a warts and all viewing as during the winter months we are more concerned with packing things in rather than keeping things neat and tidy.

First a peek from the doorway to the left.
The banana plant looks to be in a sorry state but the dead will be cut off and it will revive as I hope will the cyclamen.

Just inside the doorway the cyclamen coum are still flowering, a couple have been planted out in the pebble garden.
Let's pop inside being careful not to trip over the pile of tubs and pots. The staging on the left is mainly filled with onion sets and new strawberry plants.
Look closer.
These are the first lot of onions planted in modules and are growing well. The strawberry plants were bought this year to create a new strawberry bed. You'll see plenty more strawberry plants as we continue to look around.


Last year, to try to avoid peach leaf curl, we moved the apricot, peach and nectarine into the greenhouse. In front of these are large pots and tubs in which are stored dahlia tubers.
On the shelf in the far corner the potatoes are set out to chit. These are covered with fleece to give them some protection if and when the temperature drops.
The bench at the far end is more or less covered with onions, shallots and strawberry plants.

Turning to the left the shelf houses more seed potatoes and strawberry plants.
Then looking down on the floor.
There are large pots of perennials bought at the end of last year. Alongside these are more strawberry plants and the lavender cuttings that were rooted last year, the odd overwintering dahlia tuber and a few more cuttings.

A couple of large pots contain overwintering pelargoniums (there are more in the summer house), are ready to be cut back. Alongside these are more onion and shallot sets.

In the corner are a couple of figs and pots of osteospernums.

Now a quick look back before we leave.

No doubt the next greenhouse tour will be completely different and also we will have managed a bit of a tidy up. I may even bore you with a bit of video - bet you can't wait.

Exciting news!!!!!
If you haven't already read the exciting events surrounding the bird box containing a web cam then visit Martyn's blog for an update





32 comments:

  1. Lovely to see inside the winter greenhouse. Do you get apricots on your tree? Do they ripen okay? I lost my pot grown apricot before it ever fruited, but I'd like to try again. Great news that your nest box is being checked out. Let's hope you get some chicks in there this year.

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    1. We haven't really had any fruit yet CJ. I have post just about the stone fruit coming up. The problem is the apricot flowers really early.

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  2. Thanks for the tour. It looks like you are putting in a lot of new strawberries. I've got a few new ones coming this year too. They tend to get diseased easily here, but I keep trying.

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    1. The greenhouse is really crammed Daphne. Lots of the things in there will soon be moved out.

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  3. It all looks very organised Sue!

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    1. And here was I thinking it looked a mess Jessica.

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  4. I long for a greenhouse! Loved seeing inside yours and also looking forward to watching the birds as I'll be off later to see what's happening there.

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    1. A great tit has roosted in the box each night Deb this happened before with the blue tits before they started building. I think it's a way of stating their claim.

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  5. I hope soon to be able to match you on the bird-nesting front. A pair of Bluetits is definitely showing a lot of interest in my new nesting-box. They keep going in and out, though I haven't seen them carrying any nesting material. When should I expect to see new shoots on my Dahlia tuber? It is stored in dry compost. Should I be watering it?

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    1. We try to keep the compost just damp Mark the shoots start to grow towards the end of March beginning of April. Fingers crossed for your nesting box.

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  6. Congratulations for making the most of that greenhouse. You certainly use it efficiently.

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    1. It's bursting at the seams, Alain.

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  7. That's just how a greenhouse should be used in winter, you're definitely making the most of it. Exciting news on the bird front.

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    1. Hopefully Jo soon lots of things will move out making way for seed sowing. Can't wait for the great tits to start nest building.

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  8. Great to see a working greenhouse! With care they can be in full use all the year round as you demonstrate in your posts.
    Surprised your coum are over. I put mine out in January and they are still going strong. Perhaps yours flowered sooner rather than later

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    1. The cyclamen coum that we have in the pebble garden outside Roger are still flowering really well these inside the greenhouse flowered really early. Hopefully by next year I will have decided where to plant them outside.

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  9. Fabulous - that was a great greenhouse tour. So wish I had a greenhouse, although with our cold winters it would likely only be used in the spring and fall.

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed it Margaret without any hate the greenhouse doesn't give so much protection in winter. Really it's just protection against the elements.

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  10. You certainly packed a lot into your greenhouse.. it's all looking good. I just took a look at Martyn's blog, how lovely. I am now going to follow.. can't think why I haven't done so sooner! Never mind I am now :o)

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    1. It's the same as with cupboards Julie you never seem to have quite enough space no matter how much space you actually have.

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  11. Is there a particular reason you start your onion off in modules? your greenhouse looks great, and so organised.

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    1. Hi and welcome, Anne the reason we start onions in modules is because the ground isn't ready for planting them out directly at the moment and sometimes they start to shoot in the net bag it's a way of getting them going early

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  12. It looks like you've maximised use for sure sue. My greenhouse lean to needs a good clean out (may be Easter weekend). I've got a big tub of oriental greens, and two other big tubs that I sowed peas in for pea shoots a while back, all of which are covered over with plastic for a bit of extra warmth. As the greenhouse is on the back of the house it doesn't get frost too badly though. The rest of the greenhouse is full of last year's pots that need emptying! (Probably hosting some over- wintering aphids, doh!)

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    1. I've kept meaning to try to grow pea shoots Lou but haven't quite got round to it yet.

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  13. Wow, Sue!
    Your greenhouse is in use in 100%. Mine is smaller and I need to put a new plastic. The temps permit you to grow veggies in March, lucky you!

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    1. Our winters vary Nadezda the last two have been particularly mild

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  14. I love to see a productive greenhouse and really enjoyed seeing what you will be growing. I will be cleaning mine tomorrow and will try to get organised in time for my seed growing. (Also, thank you for visiting my blog - yes, the seal will eventually be going back to sea but for now the authorities are happy where he is and he is healthy. They will need to catch him too to take him back over the flood defences). Take care. Chel

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  15. Now your greenhouse looks full to bursting Sue but still highly organised. What size is it?

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    1. Accidentally organised, Anna, it's 20' by 10'

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  16. I do enjoy having a peek inside your greenhouse, they are something of an obsession with me! Your strawberries are really coming on, mine have little growth at this point. You seem to have inspired me to try onions again.....I have just popped a load in the veggie patch....probably to no avail as usual, still I can enjoy the progress of yours!xxx

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    1. I knew this would appeal to you Dina.

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