My greenhouse is tiny, just 4ft x 6ft but I wouldn't be without it. When I bought it, I thought it would be ideal for growing my tomatoes in, however, I've discovered that tomatoes grow just as well on the patio, I think it may be due to the fact that the greenhouse isn't sited in the sunniest of positions. What the greenhouse is invaluable for though is growing plants which need a little extra protection or overwintering plants.
This is how my little greenhouse is looking at the moment, jam packed to the rafters with pots and containers. Some of the plants being given some protection at the moment would come through winter outdoors, however, their pots wouldn't so rather than move them in to a more durable container, it's easier to move them in to the greenhouse.
You may have caught sight of the auriculas which Cheryl from Take Time To Smell The Flowers..... sent me in the photo above. I wrote about them in A Wonderful Surprise post back in June. Unfortunately, since then one has died, however, in the meantime, she'd sent me another one, this time a red one and that one seems to be doing well.
Some plants are still flowering. The mild autumn coupled with a bit of protection has prevented the plants from having a rest and the pelargoniums and rudbeckia are blooming away. Lots of weeds are growing in the pots too, they all need a really good sort out. They should have had one before being moved to the greenhouse but it was a case of rushing to get them in there before the snow fell a couple of weeks ago, so that's a job which still needs attending to.
The greenhouse didn't escape unscathed in the gales last weekend, a couple of panels blew out and ended up in neighbour's gardens, it's a good job they're not glass. We managed to find all but one of them so there's a big gaping hole in the roof at the moment. Luckily, we've got a spare panel in the loft. Mick's been away to Poland on business but he's due back in the early hours of tomorrow morning so that will be his first job when he's got a free moment.
So, as you can see, my greenhouse may not be huge but it's extremely handy and I'm pleased to have it.
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