The Greenhouse Year – February 2014

I have fallen by the wayside when it comes to writing a monthly review of my garden.  Actually, I have fallen by the wayside when it comes to looking after the garden, full stop.  This has been caused by a combination of chemo induced fatigue and appalling wet weather, which has made walking on the lawn and working on the beds not the best of ideas.

Any gardener will know that along with garden tardiness comes the lack of garden tidiness.  So, on reading Helen’s (Patient Gardener ) blog post about her greenhouse year my conscience was pricked because I am acutely aware of the fall of my greenhouse into rack and ruin.

Helen’s greenhouse is a 6′ x 4′  aluminium and glass one, with staging and full of exciting cuttings and plants germinating and propagating.   It is something to be admired, even envied and is a hive of activity.  You can step inside a greenhouse that size and potter about, even on the wettest and coldest of days.

Mine is a 4-tiered  greenhouse measuring 27″ x 20″ x 62″ you can’t step inside mine.  I have a very small garden so even the smallest of glass greenhouses would be very difficult to find room for.    I suspect owning a greenhouse is like owning a handbag, no matter what size it is you always find you can fill it to the brim and  soon are in need of a larger one.

This is where I bite the bullet and bare my soul.


I failed to replace the cover on my greenhouse last year – something I usually do every year.

Consequently the plastic has perished and the recent gales have ripped it to pieces putting an end to its life.


The more I look at it the photo the more embarrassed and ashamed I feel.  However, I have been spurred into doing something about it.  I was proud of my greenhouse, and in February 2011 I even wrote a post all about it called “I own a Plastic Greenhouse” .  It has had many hits over the years, but probably only because it comes up when people run a search on plastic greenhouses, such is life and the web.

I have today ordered a new cover and over the weekend I will tidy it up and by next month it will be spruced up and used for its correct purpose and not a dumping place – just you wait and see.

Patient Gardener said her Greenhouse Year post was not intended to be a monthly meme but it has struck a chord with many of her readers and it seems to have caught on.

Thank you Helen, this will be a good start to a new beginning and a diary of how I treat my little plastic greenhouse properly.

15 thoughts on “The Greenhouse Year – February 2014

  1. You’re in business again!

    My greenhouse is polycarbonate, a fancy kind of plastic. When it got a little age, a hailstorm destroyed most of the panels which we secured against wind but you can’t stop hail. The fix was new panels.

    Before I had a greenhouse, I kept cuttings in the sink in the laundry room and trundled seedlings on an old kitchen trolley in and out of the tool shed in spring when frost threatened. Plants are going to grow if you meet their needs. The vehicle is not as important as the care.

    Everybody is looking for an affordable, workable solution to cold-weather gardening. What an inspiration you are.


  2. As soon as I read your latest bog, I then went on to read your Feb 2011 blog about your plastic greenhouse. Loved it! Having recently read Helen’s (The Patient Gardener’s) blog about her greenhouse, it’s great to hear you have been spurred into action and I will look forward to hearing of your progress… We have room enough for a greenhouse but so far (this is the first year I’ve ventured into the world of cuttings etc), the conservatory has served me well but I do like the idea of having a place to potter and not having to worry so much about the mess!


  3. Hi Ronnie,

    I think many people understand your need for a plastic greenhouse – I used to have one, too. In fact I do have a new one I bought but haven’t put it up. I do plan to though once I move house.
    Tbh, I think anyone with enough room for a large greenhouse is very lucky; especially considering the postage-stamp gardens which come with newbuilds these days.


  4. I had one of those, years ago. I thought it was a great idea at the time but it was never a success. The wind kept blowing it over and the plastic ripped to shreds. I finally took the top part off and it’s now serving as extra shelving in the garage!


  5. MMM the lengths we gardeners go to get plants going, in climates and conditions that they don’t actually like!! When I was recovering from pancreatic cancer and a stomach volvulous and 7 weeks (that time) in hospital I would look at my garden and even if I could do 5 or 10 minutes that made a difference! Patients need patience!! I am alive an kicking after nearly 11 years! Plants are healing!


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