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    burnie is offline Veggie gardener
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    Default 2018 second year in the greenhouse

    To follow on from last years new house thread, sharing the trials and tribulations of this years growing.
    Similar crops planned, just crop rotation, so the tomatoes will jump across and be replaced by a new crop, Butternut squash, with the Sweetcorn across the width at the opposite end to the door. Plenty of ventilation plus me doing my shaking the plants should give me the pollination for the cobs.
    Just been and planted my first crops into the border, sowed some Cos and Mixed leaf lettuce direct into the border along with Scarlet Globe and French Breakfast for early salads.
    There will be containers too with strawberries same as last year, but all the tomatoes will be in the ground, none in the hanging baskets this year, primarily to make watering easier when away from the house, the baskets needed watering twice a day at times last year.

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    I've just completed converting the structure at the bottom of my garden from a "glass shed" back to a greenhouse.

    I've fitted a new automatic vent opener to the south-facing vent (to save me propping the vent up with a roll of plastic fencing, like I did last year), just need to adjust the opener when temperatures are suitably conducive for that - it was close today but I could do with it being hotter to check that it opens fully. I might even manage to tweak the pre-existing opener on the north-facing vent too.

    Had a fiddle with the (jammed) louvre vent at the bottom of the back wall. A liberal dose of WD40, followed by some proper oil and it works, yaaaay.

    Flushed with that success I then laid out the trays that will hold growbags and altered the irrigation hoses, extending some and inserting extra drippers in others.

    All that is left to do is to evict the tubs of spuds when it gets consistently warm enough outside.

    Coincidentally, I'm also planning on doing sweetcorn at the back in mine - possibly even a Three Sisters of beans and squash to go with the corn. Down the sides (on a low staging one side and the workbench the other, I intend to try tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and melons with a few marigolds to try and confuse, if not deter, any pests that might show an interest. All the latter were sown on Saturday and the marigolds and first cucumbers are up already.
    All the best from rural South Cumbria
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    Been out doing a bit of organising in the greenhouse and was moving my tomato plastic rings when something shot across the soil, I thought was that a mouse. No, the biggest house spider I've ever seen, so that will sort out any beasties in there and keep my wife out, so she won't be pinching the Strawberries lol.
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    Last year I used string to twine round the tommies, but the string( Jute garden twine) snapped under the weight of the fruit, so using canes this year.
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    Petit pois experiment, now will they work hanging down instead of going up?(hope so as there's a basket full of climbing French Beans hanging nearby).
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    Brassicas and my Grandsons Lupins coming along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnie View Post
    Last year I used string to twine round the tommies, but the string( Jute garden twine) snapped under the weight of the fruit,
    I suspected that might happen if I did the same, so I've used sisal instead of jute.
    All the best from rural South Cumbria
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    Over night temp dipped to 4 degrees in the greenhouse, so must have been close to a frost outside, still too early to think of moving stuff out yet.
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    4.2 here in Staffordshire overnight in the greenhouse

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    My second year in the green house was last year.

    I learnt the hard way that you really need to clean it!

    I got an infestation of red spider mite, that must have used the place to lie dormant during winter.

    Completely ruined all my growing last year.

    Fon
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    Patience is not my strongest point, even though I'm a fisherman who can and does sits for hours waiting for a nibble, so things are moving on a pace.
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    Tommies are in their growbag rings(though in the border soil not in grow bags) as this was a huge success last year, overnight temp last night was 5 degrees in there, but they look ok.
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    Mara des Bois strawbs are coming along nicely, I am assisting pollination with a wee paint brush.
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    Dwarf French beans(which grew to 4 feet tall last year) in for an earlier crop, also overspill of Mara des Bois strawbs from last years collected runners, I do like free things. Also some Butternut Squashies and a Cayenne chillie in view
    Last edited by burnie; 09-05-2018 at 12:36 PM.

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