Forum home Talkback

Time to get busy!

Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

Finally, I can announce that the second hand greenhouse I bought off Ebay has been completed and is ready for action.  So far, the only thing in there is my 'thinking chair'!!







  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Fantastic!! I wish you many many happy hours pottering image

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    BB, great news. I like the idea of a thinking chair. I have in the past had enough room for a chair, not anymore, it's full these days image I loved to sit in the GH and enjoy the winter sun.

    Thanks for showing us pics. Now your fun startsimage

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Thinking chair a Good Idea.  Sometimes you can sit and think.  Sometimes you can just sit.

    The g/h looks a good size, too.  What are you going to grow in it?

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Well Steve.... This feels a bit like the 'I'm scared' post, cos instead of having a perfectly prepared flower bed, I have a perfectly formed greenhouse primed and ready for action, and don't quite know where to start.  Thing is, you know all those posts from a few weeks back where people were talking about all the things they had planted too early cos they couldn't wait to get going?  Well, I am sort of suffering from my own stupidity in having some rather large tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies on the windowsill (see picture).  I'd love to stick them in the greenhouse, but it would be much too early.  But they already need potting on to something bigger.   I think I'll plant some brassicas out there.  I also have cosmos and carnation seedlings and bell peppers, at a much more manageable size, but not sure any of these would cope out there yet. 



  • Cherry3Cherry3 Posts: 35

    I think you'll have a great time with your greenhouse---I was like you in the beginning & each year find more things to use it for---now am after a larger one but no chanceimage I used to have a stool----took up less space but then got rid as took up too much room!!!!


    Why dont you  use it for making early start on veg & flower seeds--using seed trays that have plastic lids over them for added protection???

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    BB the Cosmos can go in GH. I've checked your location and it's way too early for toms, cumbers, peppers. Haven't sown my toms yet , cumbers usually a couple of weeks later. Usually go into GH on staging early May & fleece at night if cold, then plant into buckets mid May.  

    I've sown beetroot & peas in cold GH which can go out earlier. I'll sow my beans & courgettes in April. Both grow rapidly.

    As you are keen to get going how about sewing Rocket & Spinach( you can sow direct but I germinate in GH)  and some grow & cut salad leaves in a planter, I still have some that have continued over the winter in GH.

    Just a thought if your toms get too leggy / big indoors/ I think you can take side shoots and pot on as new plants image this might only be when they are more mature. Someone will tell you.

    Cumbers need at least 10C in daytime in GH, and need protection if cool at night until a lot warmer than it is now. I know cumber seeds are expensive but I think maybe you might need more, to sow later. The small (lunchbox) varieties produce quicker & earlier than full size and are yummy.

    Have fun in your GH. Keep us posted image

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Thanks guys.  Well yes I think some early salad would be a good start.  And very welcome cos we eat lots of that.  In fact I am going to try watercress this year, although that says it should be planted outside - going to get some more advice on that one as it is new to me.  I think the tomatoes will be okay till planting out time as we do have the space and light for them, and they are not too leggy - when I replant I will bury the stalks down to mimic ring culture!  The cucumber variety is Marketmore, and I think that is a smaller variety.  I have never had any luck growing cucumber from seed in the past, and bought some with little optimism, but they were cheap.  I only planted six seeds, and all six came up, at very different rates though.  But I think I expected to have to have three goes at it before I got anywhere, started early, and now have pretty big plants as a result.  I have peas growing in cardboard toilet rolls which could probably go out now - successional sowing as the toilet rolls get used up in the bathroom.  I've had terrible trouble raising runner beans in the last couple of years, so may start them in the propagator in late April.  Also have some old 'Speedy' seeds which I might try, just in case there's any life left in them.  And put some celery seeds in the propagator today.  BTW - I also got some marigold seeds to grow in the greenhouse - does anyone think this works at keeping the nasties away?  They are English marigolds though, as opposed to the French ones, which remind me too much of 1970s suburbia!

  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Wow BB, don't think you need advice image

    I do put Marigold in GH to mask the smell of toms from aphids, one year I didn't bother and put some cuttings from my curry plany ( ornamental) in, and it also worked. Don't like M's as flowers just buy a few from a market stall to do their job.

    Peas in toilet rolls, I don't do that, I put mine in some old guttering. I know sweet peas are gown in t/rolls. If it works for you great, I might give it a try.

    Last year my runners were a nightmare, just rotted in pots in GH but 2nd attempt they germinated in conservatory, last year was really cold / damp wasn't it? Strange as climbing french beans germinated fine in GH.

    Watercress needs to be in a wet area, or a container with poor drainage. Guess you know that. I tried it one year but poor yield. Landcress is another option, not quite as tasty but easier to grow.

    Wish I had your Lincolnshire soil, clay here.

    Meant to say a great looking GH, looks like new. You've done a brill job getting & cleaning it.

  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 1,017

    I now have 3 'thinking' chairs! One for the Potager wich the cat pinches regularly. One for the Shrubbery where I can hide away with a good book (gardening one of course) and One that I carry around to place opposite 'projects' and consider in depth what on earth to do despite loads of plans in head and on paper. Now I have my first greenhouse (since last week) Chair No 4 will have to be employed. Only ONE problem - NO chairs left for visitors!

Sign In or Register to comment.