Greenhousekeeping

DSCN2186DSCN2187Partly because of our impending few days away at my Mum’s and partly because of my recent acquisition of tomato and pepper plants from the Golfer’s Friend I have been looking again at the contents of the greenhouse. The latter have been potted on, along with a second sowing of Gardeners’ Delight, but all will stay in the greenhouse for the moment apart from the ‘currant’ tomatoes which were planted in baskets and hung on the back of the hot border wall (purple sprouting broccoli below). More sweet peas have been planted out, along with the original plug plants I bought to take cuttings from, and some nasturtium and calendula have been given away but still leaving more than sufficient seedlings to brighten up the hot borders. I aim to get the rest of the seedlings either planted out or potted on further before we go away, and will speak nicely to the neighbour who checks on our chickens and ask him to water the tomatoes in our absence. Unfortunately the nearest water butt is practically empty again, after being utilised on a daily basis to nurture the contents of the greenhouse.

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10 Responses to Greenhousekeeping

  1. croftgarden says:

    You need to speak to the lovely Golfer about an automatic watering device – basic green technology. A reservoir, a wick and some capillary matting, plus the magic of gravity. The details I leave to your technical expert.

    • Cathy says:

      I will probably consider some contraption, Christine, particularly as the summer goes on it will be a matter not just of stopping things drying out but watering daily. Like you, I have every confidence in the Golfer although I think I would probably sort this one out myself 😉

  2. croftgarden says:

    PS – I like the wall.

  3. Annette says:

    Did you build the wall and what is it part of? First year without sweet peas 😦 …so I shall have to indulge in yours, Cathy 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      See today’s post re wall. I have not been brilliant witrh nurturing sweet peas, but I am particularly hopeful of some short trailing ones in pots this year, and I do have some others I have planted out (well, shoved more like)

  4. Anna says:

    The logistics of these pre holiday preparations can only be appreciated by fellow gardeners Cathy 🙂 I agree with the first comment – automatic watering devices are a real godsend when you are away for any length of time. Think that there is some rain on the way to start filling up those butts again.

    • Cathy says:

      I am hopeful of rain too, Anna. It is only the butt by the greenhouse that is almost empty, as the others still have the bulk of their rain from a couple of weeks ago. I might think about a watering system in the future, but this neighbour has watered without being asked before so he might think we don’t trust him! 🙂

  5. Your garden looks so well cared for and yes the wall has to help provide stunning results for your veggies. I love hanging baskets; I looked forward to seeing the progress in your next photos.

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