21 February 2010

More snow!

Woke up this morning to find 3 inches of snow. Have popped down to lotty to see the effects. Whilst down there took some photos and knocked the snow off my greenhouses.

Winter not done yet it would seem!

13 February 2010

Wintry Day On The Lotty

Have had a good day, all in all. Got the new plastic greenhouse up - very impressed with it.

Hat tip: Argos / Homebase 'Versatile' Large Walk In Greenhouse £50 approx. (although got mine for £33)

Did some sowing - figured the greenhouse will give me a head start with the stuff I usually sow in March:
  1. Parsnips
  2. Carrots
  3. Beetroot
  4. Spinach
  5. Peas - Purple & Feltham First
  6. Broad Beans
  7. Cabbage
  8. Cosmos
  9. Rudbekia
  10. Lavender
  11. Thyme
  12. Basil
  13. Spinach
  14. Kale
  15. Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  16. New Onion bulbs
Did 1 six module pack per item - so didn't waste too much seed if they don't come through.

Decided to also lift some stuff I wanted to move to another place. So dug up the Leeks, Onions and Garlic - potted them on and will bring them on in the greenhouse too.

Laos did a quick job of amending the plastic roof-water collection system. Ran a pipe to the other water barrel - so in principle, both barrels should fill up at the same time.

So - with the new warm on offer and cover from frost - let see what happens.


If you are feeling nostalgic - take a look at the great Geoff Hamilton at work:

** as a geeky side note - this was filmed in 1996, a cool year. I am expecting/predicting this year to be similar to the temp/climate experienced in 1996 (average for 1961 to 1990).

9 February 2010

Expanding My Greenhouse Area

Found another 'plastic' greenhouse for sale, a little bit larger (Size (H)187, (W)121 (D)185cm), that I will probably buy on Friday.

Exciting!! Will put in behind the smaller one I bought last week.

The idea is to have a totally covered bed for squashes, pumpkins and courgettes. So - a poly-tunnel on the cheap - should be total cost of £80. Ok not so cheap - but worth the extra heat for growing, esp. after last year's rubbish weather!!

Will update and post the results!!

Update: Bought it today! Got it for a bargain knock down price from £49.99 to £32.99.

Here it is - fully erected!

8 February 2010

New 'Plastic' Greenhouse

Went and splashed out on a new plastic greenhouse!

Bit cold and snowy at the moment - so could prove useful.
Do I look stupid? (don't answer that!)