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artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

Verdun suggested this thread;

Use an old mini plastic greenhouse that has lost it's cover as a climbing frame for beans, or even for clematis? It will need to be lashed down with guy ropes or similar.

I use large pieces of polycarbonate from a friend's roof as


to place over big pots of germinating carrots etc

to warm up the earth



  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I have an old aluminium tomato house that lost it's fron panels/doors and could not get replacements, it is now

    a shelving unit in the greenhouse for trays

    a climbing frame in the summer for cucumber.

    I took the thin polycarbonate back and top off, cut them and use them as end pieces for cloches mentioned above.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Verdun, since the wind blows from the S/W a lot up here that explains the old socks in my gardenimage

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Verdun,if youhave any old jumpers you could cut them up and use them to line hanging baskets,not sure if your old socks and underwear will do.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167


  • I wear any clothes that are worn out generally, as my gardening clothes. I have to admit that I wear them to bits on the garden, as no-one else can see me.image And then they go straight into the bin.

    The frames from my old plastic greenhouses, sans covers, make good staging in the greenhouse and I have another in the garage for all my sundries,small tools, paint brushes etc. Another has my dahlias, in pots, on it while they wait to be planted out

    By the way you can get replacement covers for some greenhouse... just ask at the GC where you bought it and if they don't have one, ask for the name of the supplier who can probably send you one at a small charge.

  • blackestblackest Posts: 623

    Most of my Garden seems to be make do and recycle my raised bed was a pallet painted over with some fence paint left over from the landlord painting his fence. The rocks i used for borders mostly came from the topsoil which was free from a site. The gravel is from some excess that was dumped in an entrance to a field. Many of the plants are reduced to clear or grown from seed. The kerbing was recycled when the 2 bits of lawn were joined up to make one j shaped lawn. My greenhouse got some of the angled joints replaced with tubes from a mini green house and very few pots are housing their first plant.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I've got some old wooden pallets that in Summer live behind the shed. In Winter I put them on one of GH floors and stand overwintering plants on them. I like to think the air under them helps & when watered they don't stand in it. I have only got a small amount of staging for small plants, as it gets in the way when toms & cumbers need the space. Hubby keeps "eyeing" the pallets with a view to making something..he watched too much Geoff Hamilton.

    Currently my potting station is in the greenhouse, part of a pallet resting on three large upturned plantpots. I sit there on my little stool (kneeler thing) and pot away happily and end up with back ache.

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    KEF do you mean you don,t end up with backache?

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