I’m joining with Julie at Peonies and Posies to capture a monthly view of what’s going on in my greenhouse. Like Julie, I’m lucky enough to have a sizeable greenhouse. Mine was built in 2011 and was from Cambridge Glasshouses. Sadly, unlike Julie’s Alitex, I don’t have very attractive staging – maybe one day!
One of the reasons I’m keen to join in this meme is that I think I could probably make my greenhouse work harder. I certainly raise thousands of seeds and cuttings in it, as well as veg, mostly tomatoes, but have never used it for cutting flowers and would like to do that this year for the first time. Another reason is to make sure I keep the greenhouse clean and tidy. Like tidying my house before visitors come, I’ll have to keep my greenhouse tidy for your monthly visits. Sadly, due to feeling under the weather recently, I certainly haven’t achieved my spring clean before these photos, so please excuse me!
I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d read you can carry on cropping Sungold tomatoes through to December, and as a result I didn’t clear them out. Also, because of the way the bamboos were constructed I ended up not clearing the Cucamelons either as they were growing up the same structure. Consequently nearly half of the bed running along the back wall still has (increasingly tatty) plants growing in it. And although I have harvested a few new tomatoes (and it’s always good to try out new ideas), this has definitely been a mistake. It’s meant a significant delay in a proper clear out and clean up, and now that I’ve moved tender plants in, it will make my spring clean much harder.
The other end of the bed is now largely taken up with pots of tender plants
although there are also some pots of narcissi and muscari I’m growing for my step-niece’s wedding:
I don’t have any heaters in the greenhouse and so it’s possible the frost could still catch some of these plants.
The one heated item I do have, is a heated propagation mat which sits under the capillary matting shown below. I’m concerned that it may have broken over the winter, but I haven’t dared investigate properly. It wasn’t cheap and I only bought it last year, so I hope that’s not the case!
On the mat I have numerous cuttings including pelargoniums, diascia, lavender, penstemon,
abutilon and more penstemons.
In the bottom right of the photo above you can see my ‘potting trough’. This is just a large plastic tray where I do all my potting. The trouble is, it’s a messy process (or is that just me?) and I do find it hard to keep my potting mixes out of the clay ‘beads’ my staging is filled with. I have considered moving my potting activities to a shed near the veg patch, but this greenhouse spot is south facing and has a lovely view, so I’m loathe to move!
And in the middle, whilst they’re rarely sat on, I do have a table and chairs.
Hopefully by next month I will have had a proper spring clean and all will be looking rather more shipshape!
With thanks again to Julie for hosting this new meme.