When, in January, just for a fun thing to do, I ventured into the world of Twitter, it wasn’t long before I discovered a wonderful community of gardeners sharing comments about their garden joys and mishaps and the odd Aloe which, sadly, did not make it through the winter. Garden Tweeters are intelligent, witty, friendly people, who also write in other mediums using more than 140 characters. I read their blogs which whetted my appetite to start my own. So here I am writing about plastic greenhouses.
Writing a blog isn’t always easy, sometimes I wonder if I can keep it going, concerned about total lack of inspiration. Then I am pleasantly surprised when ideas present themselves at the most unexpected moment. A light bulb in my head goes “ping” and I think, wow, that’s a great thing to write about or, as in this case, a Tweeter recently asked about plastic greenhouses. I began to set myself the challenge of writing a post about plastic greenhouses in under 500 words.
To start, I would like to share a photo I took when visiting the National Trust garden at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. I love Victorian glass cloches and they are used a lot in NT gardens, not only do they have a great aesthetic look, they provide warmth and protection to aid growth – just like a mini-greenhouse. A tenuous link, but its a prettier picture than a plastic greenhouse.
I will put my hand up and say loudly, and proudly: “I OWN A PLASTIC GREENHOUSE!”. Actually I have had a couple of mini-greenhouses over the last few years. You do need an IKEA degree to put it together, the plastic does perish and the zips do break, but they serve a purpose. I don’t have room, or the money for a proper glass greenhouse, although one is on my wish list. I placed mine on a west-facing wall and they are anchored to the wall with hooks – so many tales of them blowing away. My first mini-greenhouse was 3-tiered, it is now without a cover, and makes great shelving for hardening off and starting off seeds that don’t need to be kept under cover.
Some people when buying a new car, buy bigger and better. Some people when moving house, move up the property ladder. Last year I bought a new plastic mini-greenhouse and moved up the greenhouse ladder to a 4-tier one. How exciting is that? I have to admit that the zips have broken and I splashed out a few weeks ago on a NEW cover.
On a final note I thought I would have a quick Google to see what was on the web and guess what? There is a website called http://www.plasticgreenhousesite.com/ – Everything you need to know about buying a plastic greenhouse. What more need I say? Phew, challenge met, 500 words and I hope not boring.