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Greenhouse - Inside and Out

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When the weather is bad, I retreat in to the greenhouse and tidy up, pot on, prick out, water, feed, tie in etc.

The potatoes, having been frosted when we were away up north, have now recovered and are growing again. I’ve brought them back out, so lets hope no more frosts.

The Cabbages, having looked very floppy when planted out, are starting to stand strong and firm. They are the pointy spring type. This one is called ‘Greyhound’. Also in this planter I have tiny carrots, beetroot, salad leaves and possibly some calendula. The pots are just little dianthus plants put there to get watered and grow on.

In the cold frame I just have Cosmos waiting to go in to the borders now. The regal pelargoniums have been put outside to harden up a bit. Again, hopefully no more frosts, but easy to take them inside if one is forecast.

In the raised troughs at the door of the greenhouse….dwarf varieties of peas, beans, nasturtiums, chicory, calendula, and lovely purple Mizuna which we have harvested twice already.

In the lower wicker planters in front we have lettuce, tiny globe carrots, and beetroot.

Inside the greenhouse, the toms are coming along. Five different varieties, 2 Bush,3 Cordons. Two plum, two ordinary and one cherry.

Mini cucumbers in hanging baskets are doing well. Eight in baskets, two varieties…one small standard shape and one yellow globe shape.

Courgettes starting to flower now. I keep them inside, they never do well outdoors for me. If it gets really hot, then I will put them outside and see how they go, but usually they start to get rot outdoors and stop cropping. Two different kinds, one green and one yellow. One is a ball shape and I think the other is green…actually not sure now. Too much to remember! I also have two melon plants and some sweet Peppers in here. The peppers are VERY slow to get going. They need heat (don’t we all).

And so does this Lemon Tree! I moved it out of the greenhouse to get more space for the toms. Now it’s on a windowsill indoors right beside me now. The perfume is gorgeous and every day I tickle the new flowers with an old make-up brush in an attempt to make up for the lack of Bees and make some Lemons!

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It all looks lovely, so neat and tidy. I am trying to grow peppers and they are slow, have them in pots in the greenhouse am hoping they produce some fruits. I love peppers. Toms are looking strong, I was given two plants also this week which are very straggly but look to have started to pick up since they have been watered in and found a better compost. Still do not think they will come to much as they were very weak when I received them. But it will not be a problem as the others will keep us in toms if they ripen. Going to plant up some seeds this afternoon in the greenhouse, trying to get going again, still feeling tired and can only manage little bit in one go and then have to sit down and recover. Which is so frustrating. Need sunshine and no wind as we are getting blown about again down here. Nice when sun comes out but too cold for me to sit outside. Yesterday was lovely, hope you are getting some sunshine today. :O)

16 May, 2015

 

We are just the same here I'm afraid...sunny, cold, windy, showery. Too cold to be out, in fact, I've just put the heating on and I'm wearing a winter woolen long sleeved dres and a wool scarf! Should have listened to my Grandmother! ;)

16 May, 2015

 

Everything looks great! And very organised!

I've never seen cucumbers in hanging baskets. Interesting. I'd love to see a picture when they're fruiting. Perhaps I'll give it a go next year. Do you have any tips for growing them this way?

16 May, 2015

 

No Diggin, I don't. I've not tried it before. Usually I grow them in pots, but as I had baskets and holes to hang them from, I thought it might work. Worth a try anyway as the plants aren't massive, being dwarfing varieties. I wouldn't try it with a standard cucumber. All I've done is plant them in veg. compost from a growbag, and keep feeding them with maxicrop. So far, so good!

16 May, 2015

 

Everything is so tidy and regimental. I wish mine looked like this and a greenhouse to die for. Mind you I could get my wish sooner than expected.

16 May, 2015

 

I love being in the greenhouse on those cooler days that we keep on getting!

Yours is lovely and spacious and it is so interesting to see how everything is coming along. I love the two containers outside, how useful they must be!

16 May, 2015

 

Thanks Chris and Thorneyside!

16 May, 2015

 

Very productive Karen . . . very you! Your Cosmos look good and bushy, whereas mine are 12" tall: not grown these from seed before - should I pinch out the growing tips??

16 May, 2015

 

Looking good Karen, I really like your troughs, must make it so much easier for you, hope everything does well for you, I 've never seen cucumbers grown in baskets either, so it will be very interesting watching them and see how they get on, you'll have to keep us well informed.
We have had two sunny, warm days so I've been planting out like a mad thing......

16 May, 2015

 

Sheila...yes. I've been pinching mine. They keep trying to flower!

16 May, 2015

 

Thanks Lincslass. I will!

16 May, 2015

 

Thanks Karen - I'll get pinching! The Cosmos are almost pot-bound, as are the Nicotiana 'lime green' so I'm feverishly taking out masses of forget-me-nots to make room . . . busy time, but so therapeutic :))

17 May, 2015

 

Cosmos is so lovely isnt it? I have grown pure white from seed for the golden border, and bought a few pink seedlings from sArah Raven for the patio border.

17 May, 2015

 

In all the years of growing Cosmos I've never pinched them out, I allow them to flower and then deadhead, mind you mine are always planted amongst other tall flowers so need the height..

17 May, 2015

 

Gosh. Mine were very leggy. But then its been so cold up here. They are doing better now in the cold frame.

17 May, 2015

 

Thanks Lincs . . . mine are a foot high, so I'm pinching some and leaving a few others :)

17 May, 2015

 

Karen I am amazed at what you have managed to grow in such a short space of time, you are like the bionic woman!! well done I am really impressed.....
Now as for the Cosmos my OH does all the growing and his looked dreadful, horribly spindly so I said can't you pinch them out? so he had done some and left some, we shall see!! yours look a lot better than OHs!!

17 May, 2015

 

Lol...with all this pinching out, I hope I dont ruin everyones Cosmos! Thanks Angela.

17 May, 2015

 

I was thinking about pinching a couple to compare but they are already planted out and its chucked it down all day so have only had a wander, I'll try and remember to do it, see if I can reach from the path.
I'm trying to make my mind up whether, to pop some of my heucheras in the garden for the summer, make things easier for hubby, he will be caring for everything, unfortunately not being a gardener he has no idea how much water they need, they are in danger of being drowned more than thirsty, lol, the g'houses he'll be ok with as I use the crop circles, I was thinking that come autumn I will be up and running so can then get them back into pots if I think they are flagging a bit...

18 May, 2015

 

That sounds like a good plan! :) Almost all of mine are in the ground now.

18 May, 2015

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