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Alex 4Alex 4 Posts: 56

Can anyone recommend a good book on what to grow in a cold greenhouse?


  • Alex 4Alex 4 Posts: 56

    edibles in summer but maybe ornamentals for winter. I tend to stick to tomatoes, cucumber & chillis in summer and although these are very successful, I'm getting a bit bored! My greenhouse is an interesting hobby rather than something just to produce food. I want to try something fairly foolproof but a bit different. Everything in pots.

  • I've got 'The Collingridge Handbook of Greenhouse Gardening' by Macself and Turner,  Hamlyn 1982, ISBN 0 600 36809x. I think I bought it in a sell-off at the library and it is excellent, with detailed  cultivation information on a wide variety of ornamental plants, which doesn't really change much with time, though of course the stuff about the greenhouses,  heating etc is out of date. You might find one on the the secondhand market, or a more recent edition if there is one, that's if no-one can recommend a better choice.

    I find that the houseplants around today are much less varied than those my mum had when I was a child, and many garden centres hardly bother with them at all, but quite a lot of things are available as seed, if you are prepared to make the effort. And of course there are new things to try now that were more specialist then - I've grown plumbago, coronilla glauca and ivy leaved pelargoniums from seed for greenhouse use.

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