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Have to confess my two kids FIGHT about who can do it, but then that needs to be on a much warmer day, with dry clothes and hot chocolate lined up...and I took the precaution of installing toughened glass too !!!


  • Bob Flowerdew (who he?) said on GQT some time ago that cleaning the glass with a mixture of washing-up liquid and bleach would do the job. As my greenhouse had been in a disastrous greeny state (due to my long stay in hospital) I tried this method out. The cloth needs to be fairly well wrung out so that it doesn't drip and the nooks, crannies and awkward bits can be tackled with an old toothbrush or something similar. I got a clean attachment for my old floor sponge from a cheap DIY store and reached the higher up panels without any trouble. If the dirt is as bad as mine was you can do it twice. I finished it off with a clean dry cloth. The completed job was a joy to behold. And I had to invest in greenhouse shading!!! I use this cleaning method every year now.
  • I'm sure this would do the trick, though potentially a hazardous mix to plants or humans beneath unless a very small quantity used and the cloth extremely well wroung out, don't want bleach in my greenhouse myself but thanks for the suggestion as no doubt that it would do the job!
  • Last year the greenhouse was in a rather rancid state, due to years of neglect. So my Mother and I decided to give it a new lease of life for the spring ahead, we did this simply with a high pressure hose and a yard brush this did the trick extremly well. The growing season went well and produced an abundance of chilli peppers, melons, aubergines, tomatoes and cucumbers.But can anyone give us some advice on onion growing and cultivation. Many thanks S&W
  • I have just been given a small alluminium glass greenhouse. It comes with it's plinth etc. What do I need to do to prepare the area it is going on and how do I secure it to the ground - we are in an exposed windy place?
  • I wish I could find an article on fixing bubble wrap to an aluminium greenhouse. It is a lot trickier than a wooden framed building especially attaching it to the ridge
  • Fixing bubblewrap to an aluminum greenhouse is easily done. Use double sided tape which will fix onto the glass or the frame, and then push the cut bubble onto the tape. Do this when the inside of the greenhouse is well dry. Bubble without trouble !
  • I got my bubble wrap from Focus last year, and it came with black plastic fittings that slot into the channels between the glass, you just push the bubble wrap onto the ends, overlapping the panels, and fix with the plastic stoppers provided. I found they slid off rather too easily, so cut little squares of frost fleece, and placed them over the fittings before putting on the stoppers, made it tighter, and not so slippery.
  • I was hopeing you had an easier way !
  • I use a long handled car cleaning brush thing that attaches to the hose. Better still, and a solution to the wet sleeve problem, I make sure my daughter volunteers to do it whilst I'm cooking her a favorite meal!!
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