Watch out seeds!

Half an hour of slotting poles into holes and this is what I have…………

…..my growhouse!!  It was really easy to put together, you just slot everything in and give it a good push and it’s done.  When I stood it up I leaned all my body weight on each corner to make sure everything was fully in place.  The cover ties onto the frame and there are zips to hold the “door” closed.  It is fairly lightweight so will have to be fixed to the side of the shed somehow.  The wire rack shelves are a little flimsy but once they have some pots on them they should be fine.  It is about 5’6″ tall, perfect for me at 5’1″, and if it is raining I can throw the cover over my shoulders to keep the worst off if I need to.

My order from SimplySeeds arrived this morning so I may start off some cabbage and pea seeds in the growhouse.  From the Veg Patch book I learned about Jiffy 7s, little discs made of coir (from coconuts and peat-free) which expand when you wet them into little modules large enough for starting seeds off.  I’ve ordered some from ebay, so I’ll give those a try.  I know you can sow peas directly but this way I can give the new bed another couple of weeks to settle in and possibly deter the pigeons from the tiny shoots.  We have a pair of pigeons who spend all day snogging on our back fence!

We’ve had a lot of drizzly rain this morning so hopefully it is helping the new lawn, but we are watering it every day too.  So far (3 days old!) it is still green.

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Looks okay, so I guess that there’ll be no stopping you now! xx

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  2. We have used one of these over the summer to grow tomatoes and it has worked so well that we will be getting more for next summer. I had not really thought about what I might over winter in it, but you have started some thoughts off.

    One thing to be aware of is that in a windy location (or even somewhere you don’t think is windy at all) a gust can blow them over. This happened at least twice to ours in late spring taking the tomato plants with it. Happily they were small and did not mind the jolt. I have since weighted the bottom shelf down with large rocks to anchor it firmly, but even now when the wind blows the plastic tugs and pulls and I think may tear in strong autumn / winter winds.

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