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Yesterday was perfect weather for building the greenhouse … OH and our son began at 9am … after reading the instructions and having the first of many cups of tea … the instructions were very easy to follow … always a good start! …

Not so good was finding two of the base parts needed to be straightened after damage in transit … but as we only paid £50 for it (see earlier blog) we couldn’t expect perfection …

Phew … it fitted together after a few gentle knocks
with a hammer … and no swear words either! …

The sides seem to be going ok too …

Sarah called round for a cuppa and ended up assisting the men …

Ooh … there’s a roof too! …

Now it’s a mobile greenhouse … left a bit, right a bit …

Count to three … and drop into position …

Coffee time … they’re trying to unravel the black rubber glazing bead … but soon gave up and said it’s the kind of job I have the patience for … I unravelled it all … eventually! …

Almost there with the framework … even have a sliding door now …

The polycarbonate panels are in … some stepping stones laid … all done

Megan needs to check out the new building … such a nosey cat! …

The pots are temporarily in place … we need to buy some staging or tables asap … the seed potatoes have been chitted and will be planted on the allotment in due course …

Just the tonic I need … can’t wait to get started with seed sowing and propagating …

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Brill job done Shirley - really nice having a greenhouse !!! love the big tree in pic 2

27 Feb, 2012

 

How exciting Shirley. Lovely blog, you captured it all so well. Wish I lived nearer, would have loved to share in all that. They did very well getting it up so quickly and now you can start getting all those seeds sorted. Good luck.

27 Feb, 2012

 

Well that was easy!! lol - well done all of you. Soon have it filled up :o))

27 Feb, 2012

 

Paul, the big tree is one of three Cordylines we brought in pots from our old house ... they've grown a lot in ten years! ... :o) ..... Cinders, you could have sat with me while they built it ... it was such a lovely day ... :o) ..... Lol, Sheilar, our son was looking forward to work today ... for a rest! .....

27 Feb, 2012

 

Thats great Shirley & your garden looks beautiful :-)

27 Feb, 2012

 

That looks great,Shirley..and what a lovely day too..just the thing :o)..I really like it being on gravel,you shouldn't get any snails or slugs in there,looking for a meal .This is.just the tonic you needed...hope you have a special place for Megan in there..but she will probably want to choose her own..Lol.

27 Feb, 2012

 

Thankyou, Willinilli ... lots of annuals to fill it up this year methinks ... :o) ..... Sandra, I'm so pleased to have the GH after years of using the spare room for seed propagation ... or borrowing space in Mums GH ... about to PM you ... :o)))

27 Feb, 2012

 

A programme about theYorkshire Dales just started,Shirley..on ITV.something I know you are interested in..:o)

27 Feb, 2012

 

Well done to all of you, including Megan.
The greenhouse looks wonderful.
As you say, Shirley, just the tonic you need :o)

27 Feb, 2012

 

They did a good job and now its yours Shirley, it will be ideal for you to potter, be good for you as you get your strength back, didn`t take long to start filling it up, lol.

27 Feb, 2012

 

a good days work :-)
looks great and that space was just made for it :-))

27 Feb, 2012

 

just looked at previous blog and noticed clothes whirly
Did you have to re-site it or is there enough room still

27 Feb, 2012

 

Footie on at the moment, Sandra ... thanks for the reminder though as we'll catch it later thanks to the wonder of technology! ... :o) ..... Thanks, Terra ... Megan needs no thanks though ... lol! ..... Lincs, it's filled with the contents of the plastic growhouse and the cold frame ... I didin't realise quite how many pots there were! ..... Helen, it's funny how that space has come in to use at last ... it was just lawn when we came here ... then I made a curved flower bed and realised the Sussex clay was just too solid and drainage was a problem ... eventually gravelled it! ... The rotary line remains in place and clears the door to the GH with ease ... :o)))

27 Feb, 2012

 

Well you made that sound soo easy Shirley..& I know its not..well done to them both..now you can take it easy filling it up..:o))

27 Feb, 2012

 

Looks great Shirley but still take it easy no rushing .

But yes nice to relax in .

27 Feb, 2012

 

Joan, they started at 9.30 and had a short break for lunch at 1 o'clock ... finally packed up and all done just before 5pm ...

I am taking it easy despite wanting to be out in the garden for hours, Kath ... :o(

27 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely blog, you are a very lucky girl to get a green house .i wish i had room for one .Enjoy and please take it easy :)

27 Feb, 2012

 

Lol, Sue, I have wanted a Greenhouse for some time but there's always been something more important to spend my money on ... sent you a PM ... :o)

27 Feb, 2012

 

What skillful chaps you have. Since today you don´t have just them, but also greenhouse. Great day, lol.

27 Feb, 2012

 

Great job done there, its looks smashing Shirley, you didnt waste much time in filling it did you? Lol

27 Feb, 2012

 

Brilliant Shirley...there'll be no stopping you now...looks great xx

27 Feb, 2012

 

What a great job - and all done so tidily!

28 Feb, 2012

 

What a good day's work. It looks really good, and such a bargain. too! I could do with one of those, but every time I leave handy hints around, OH gets his "I'm ignoring it all" face on.

28 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks all ... we are searching around for either staging or tables for the GH ... the prices vary so much ... from the so-cheap-they-must-be-rubbish to ... How much?!! ... lol ... :o)

28 Feb, 2012

 

i envy you shirley, so cool having a greenhouse, good work but men do ponder over a job so long dont they haha, good job sara lent a hand or they might still be there lol.... kidding.. good work men :o)))

28 Feb, 2012

 

Brilliant Shirley ! And it's had the Megan seal of approval too lol. Can't wait to see everything you grow in there :o)

28 Feb, 2012

 

San, our son always says 'meausre twice, cut once' is the way to go ... Mr. Perfectionist when it comes to DIY stuff ... :o)

Lol, Hywel, Megan wasn't too sure of the GH at first, but curiosity got the better of her, as usual! ... :o)

29 Feb, 2012

 

Interesting...Shirley, we have exactly the same saying in Slovakia: "measure twice, cut once" :)

29 Feb, 2012

 

I haven't heard that one, but it makes very good sense, doesn't it? In my case, and my OH's, I think it would have to be "measure 4 times, WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN, and cut once." as we seem these days to get different measurements every time we try. (I must try to concentrate harder.)

1 Mar, 2012

 

Katarina, I just noticed my spelling mistake on 'Measure' ... but you knew what I meant to say! ... It is a good saying ... saves much worry after ... :o) .....

Gattina, it's the way some measurements are given in metric and others in imperial that frustrates me ... so confusing! ... :o(

2 Mar, 2012

 

When we are asked how tall we are here, I just CANNOT get my head round it in metres and centimetres. I've been 5'5" all my life and I shall stay that way. I can cope with other measurements (although I need recipes in metric OR imperial weight - can't mix and match) fairly well, but that one foxes me.
p.s. My weight sounds far less awful in kilos than it does in stones and pounds. Still not good, though.

2 Mar, 2012

 

Neither can I,Gattina...I just can't imagine the size in cms,so my mental arithmetic always kicks in,converting it back..Metres to me,is a yard plus three inches ! Lol...I am 5'5" too...and weight in stones and pounds...I don't think it matters ...It still works better for me..:o)

3 Mar, 2012

 

I have just about cured myself of translating decimal coinage (and I mean British) back into shillings and pence. 15/- for a stamp does my head in.

3 Mar, 2012

 

I know what you mean,Gattina..I do that sometimes..and we almost need a loan for stamps at Christmas ! I try to remember to buy in extra ,if they say they are going up again....also,we now have to watch out for the size of the cards ..luckily it is now printed on the back,saying 'large letter' with a pic of an envelope ..I refuse to buy them,if they are for posting....

3 Mar, 2012

 

loved your blog Shirley...it's a great little greenhouse..perfect size for the spot it's in! I hope you have lots of fun with it this year. What a lovely sunny garden you have! :)

3 Mar, 2012

 

Great blog Shirley. Love your greenhouse I'm green with envy :)) I've got one of the lean to plant house things, which is a good size, but I'm already running out of space lol.

Looking forward to seeing all the things you grow in your greenhouse this year, I'm sure you'll have it full in no time. Just don't overdo it will you.

Gattina and Bloomer, I know what you mean I struggle switching between metric and imperial. Most things I work in metric (its how I was taught) but I can't cope with switching back to imperial. I can't seem to switch between the two like that. Yet there are things I can only really understand in imperial. If someone say they are 6' tall I know how tall that is, but if they told me they are 1.82m tall I wouldn't have a clue lol. You'd think since I work with weights and measures I'd have a better grasp lol.

3 Mar, 2012

 

We've been caught out a few times here. When describing someone, and we get to the height factor, we were bewildered when someone was described as "ottantadue" or "settanta" (82 or 70) and thought maybe we'd got to their age instead. Nobody seems to bother to say "uno metro" (one meter) beforehand - it's a given, and you are supposed to understand implicitly that what is meant is "one meter eighty two" not that someone is only about 2'9". I'm permanently confused!!!!

3 Mar, 2012

 

Thankyou, Karen, we have just gained a secondhand wooden potting bench with storage shelf beneath for £20 ... fits perfectly too! ... No sun in the garden this morning ... damp & dreary weekend forecast ... :o(

Sam, at least you have the lean-to to start things off in ... better than the spare room and/or windowsills! ... I bought a Passionflower recently and am considering growing it in the greenhouse ... time will tell ... : o )

3 Mar, 2012

 

No wonder your getting confused Gattina, I would be permanently confused as well.

True very true, but having said that I'm still starting my seeds off on the desk in my bedroom lol, warmest and brightest spot in the house. I think its still dropping a little too cold of a night for my seeds to start in the plant house. I'll probably move them out once they've sprouted though (fingers crossed the sprout). Oooh passionflower in the greenhouse, sounds lovely.

3 Mar, 2012

 

Passionflower in the greenhouse does sound nice :)

3 Mar, 2012

 

Steve the T. grows his passion flower in his greenhouse, its simply beautiful, look at his photos.

3 Mar, 2012

 

There was a member on here had a massive greenhouse full of passion flowers....oh, who was it...they were absolutely stunning...let me see...nope, i can't find them now...wonder if they have deleted account...pity. Stevie's is a stunner isn't it...gorgeous photos he got of it too! :) There are some lovely ones, I really love them, they remind me of jelly fish some of them, the way the 'tentacles' hang down! :P

3 Mar, 2012

 

Brilliant Shirley, I,m so pleased for you. Its so exciting starting in a new greenhouse and even after all these years, I still get a thrill out of seeing seeds germinate and grow into a plant. Enjoy yourself.

3 Mar, 2012

 

I have just been viewing the Passiflora in S the T's polytunnel ... hmm ... I may just copy the idea and plant the one I bought for the pergola in a pot in the GH instead! ... Thanks Gm and Karen for that pointer ... :o)) .......

Thankyou Rose, I've waited years for a GH ... lol! ... :o)

4 Mar, 2012

 

Lovely to see you out there Shirley looking after the workers who are doing a wonderful job. What a bargain we have just bought one but only a 6` x 4` as there was only just room for this size, but we paid £210 for it in the sale, suppose to be reduced by £100. It`s good to see your recovery is going quite well and I enjoyed the pics of your walk. Having the greenhouse will perhaps bring back your enthusiasm and ease you back into the garden.

4 Mar, 2012

 

GH looks great, we couldn't repair our before now as the cats used it! Now they virtually live indoors we have. Like you this is my first season with a GH, as long as I grow the hottest chillis possible I can grow anything I want!

4 Mar, 2012

 

Hi Stroller, congratulations on becoming the proud owner of a Greenhouse! ... I spent quite some time in mine today ... shall bore everyone with a blog later ... lol! .....

Ooh, Crv ... I can't cope with Chillies ... but do have Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, French Beans and Potatoes (chitting) in the GH ... luckily our cat likes sleeping in the house ... lol! .....

6 Mar, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I'm so pleased to see that it all went well for you Shirley ,it's so upsetting when you look forward to something new only to find pieces missing ... it looks great ,you will spend many happy hours in there , I liked the photo of Megan peeping inside ..what did I say it was on your first photo of the base ? LOL ....

7 Mar, 2012

 

You guessed well there, Amy ... I have put a Passion flower in a stone pot within the GH ... fingers crossed it grows well ... :o)

7 Mar, 2012

 

It was great to see your new greenhouse coming together well for you. So glad you have the greenhouse up and the staging waiting for all the seeds and plants you are going to enjoy coaxing into life. I spent all today up in mine sowing and re-potting and it was toasty warm til the sun started to go down. I know you will be so glad you have one. I must admit that I bring some seeds on in the house where I can keep the temperature up, but it's so nice to have somewhere to put them once they have got going until it's time to harden them off for the garden. Take it steady though and enjoy...... :o))))

10 Mar, 2012

 

We got ourselves a modest little plastic greenhouse to help seedlings on their way, and yesterday, inspired and encouraged by your efforts, we went off to the local builders' merchant to find some paving slabs to make a base for it. OH's measurements and my translation of them nearly ended up with them loading a lorry with 40 square meters' worth, and presenting us with an enormous bill. It would have covered a very large chunk of the vegetable garden. Mistake recognised and corrected in the nick of time!

10 Mar, 2012

 

Hb, I bet the time passed really quickly while you were busy in your GH ... it's all new to me so there's going to be some trial and error with seedlings appearing ... but that's all part of the fun really! ... :o) .....

Gattina, those pavers were only £1 each as they have some blue marks on them and are 'seconds' ... doesn't really matter in a GH though! ... I did laugh at your mis-calculation ... thank goodness you realised before a huge delivery arrived ... :o))) .....

11 Mar, 2012

 

My word, what a bargain! I hardly dare tell you what we spent.
Yes, I'm afraid it was a mixture/muddle of feet and inches/metres: metres squared as opposed to square metres, price per slab/price per square metre, all mixed up with a healthy dose of senility and lack of a dictionary. Not a very good combination, but we all had a good laugh. Next month we're ordering cement and sand for the base of a gazebo, so we shall probably end up mixing enough to build a second runway for Bologna airport. Watch this space.

11 Mar, 2012

 

Your Ghouse looks great there ShirleyT, I would be lost without mine, its used all year round, from overwintering tender plants to growing on seedlings, Im thinking about heating it this year with a small heater, I just need to find out more info.. I hope you have as much fun as as i do in there, Happy planting lol..

Now to find pics of your Pergola, I got sidetracked :)

12 Mar, 2012

 

Lol, Gattina ... at least you have a month to translate ... I struggle with measurements in my own language! ... :o) ......

Ydd, today I spotted the first tiny seedlings of Cosmos which were sown on March 1st ... it's a start! ... :o) ........

13 Mar, 2012

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