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Greenhouse thingy

Yup, on suggestion of GWRS is this the start of a greenhouse thread. Mine, for example, is at the moment housed in an 80 year old garden structure that was used in the past to store food, chairs etc for bbq parties. But the structure is falling apart and I am sharing the space with a few cute mice. That means a new greenhouse in a better position is on the shopping list... and was for the last three years... and will be for the next three years.

What is your greenhouse like? What problems have you faced and how did you conquer them?



  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 596

    Hi Gardenviking,

    I ordered my first ever greenhouse yesterday ...... yip yip yipeeee!

    I'm so excited and can't wait for it to arrive ... we now just need to do the hard work creating the base.

    My husband says that once it's up and running he'll never see me again ... he's probably right!

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • Guttering and rain water butts :  auto vents  :  an electric supply if possible.  All these will enable you to make the most of any G/H you have.  A Hot Bench makes a great addition.  Depends what you plan to grow but staging, soil border, potting bench, centre path..........all things to consider.  It's fun to plan but can be easy to make a mistake if you don't think beforehand.

    Bee witched image  Warm clothes ( at this time of year unless you heat ) and a comfy chair and your OH will probably forget what you even look like.  Just make sure you don't get locked out of your house on winter evenings  'cos OH hasn't noticed you're still outside.  I speak from experienceimage

  • My green house is almost 4 years old, a replacement for an older one that fell down. It is a lean-to on the west end of my house, and is 12ft by 8ft, larger than the old one.

    I have double sliding doors on the long side and staging at both ends, with a shelf above on the southern end.

    I grow climbers in large square containers up the back wall and have room in the middle for my chair and lots of pots, either for things I'm overwintering or tomatoes if I want to bother.

    The south, sunny side is the working end, where I grow things on and can stand pots underneath too. The far end is the decorative end for pelargoniums, fuchsias and anything else I fancy growing as something pretty to look at. There are louvres each end and automatic window openers and I can open both doors wide.

    I love to potter in there on wet or windy days, or just take my coffee in and sit in my rocking chair enjoying it all. The bees like my flowers and come in to visit them. Some need rescuing as they can't find their way out again, but every year there has been one regular visiting bumble who works her way along the rows and then flies straight back out. The cats like it too and pinch my chair when I'm not thereimage


     Brand new. It will never look like this again!


     Last autumn. It got fuller image

  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 7,448

    Buttercup days , good idea must put a picture on site of the one at home 8 x 6 had it done when I retired from full time work about 8 yrs ago , it is on a sloppy bit of the side garden so never lost ant real garden , very pleased with it

    Bubble rapped at moment with a few plants over wintering and few odds and ends 

    On allotment I have the frame up for an 8 X 6 but not glassed , hoping to get it done some time this year , was thinking of growing grapes on it but not decide yet image

  • Got delivery date for mine this friday , already done base flagged it , Saturday build bottom frame and do one course of brick , sunday should have it all up fingers crossed , today built a great potting table out of the 2 pallets my flags came on it looks great , cant wait till friday .

  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 596

    Some great ideas everyone ....  especially like the idea of a rocking chair. We'll be having electricity to it ... so just need a kettle!

    Ours will be 8 x 14, and we went for a Rhino as it has a 6'5" door height and OH is 6'4" .  I've ordered some integral shelving along the full length and some free standing staging as a potting up station. 

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • Boy, all your GH's sound so fancy. My present one is 2x2 mtr with only 2 windows...image I thought of expanding to a 8 x 6 mtr, but would like to build from scratch with a brick bottom and wooden frame.

  • Buttercupdays, your GH looks so lovely, so inviting. A true dream!

  • I love your lean-to greenhouse Buttercupdays - it looks great and you certainly make the most of the space. Ours was completely rebuilt last year - the previous one was built onto the house - 1882 but with repairs over the years - it is wooden and single glazed. I will try to add some photos during next week. This is a great site - thank you Gardenviking.

  • Thanx, Guernsey Donkey2, I totally love reading about all the different GH. When I get to build mine, it should be the SUPER GH based on all your experiences.imageimage

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