Water, Bubbles and a sore thumb

My wish for a second greenhouse has still not been answered (bad Fairy wherever you are!). I have a fair number of tender plants which need to overwinter so I’m having to clear out the last of the Tomatoes Peppers and Cucumbers. Only the Chilli peppers will be allowed back inside. The two cucumbers ‘Silor F1’ have been brilliant, producing lots of 6″ fruit. I had removed most of the tomato plants before I went on holiday, taking the few green tomatoes indoors to ripen. Some of the Peppers and Chillies have been very slow this year but I really can’t afford to keep them if they are flowering and not fruiting. Why can’t the greenhouse expand when required, like a suitcase.

Greenhouse before last of the Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Chilli Peppers are removed.

Last of the Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Peppers waiting for removal

Once the plants were out I washed the glass inside and out and rinsed it off with the hose. Note to self – do not stand under the roof when spraying water, it ricochets back on a person in a very shocking manner.

Greenhouse all clean and shiny after its wash

Greenhouse all clean and shiny after its wash

Then came the installation of the bubble wrapping. This adds extra¬† insulation. A sheet has been cut to fit each pane of glass and secured with drawing pins as it’s a wooden greenhouse. I calculated that I used 150-160 drawing pins. If I hadn’t been writing this post I wouldn’t have thought about it – but now I have I’m shocked! No wonder my thumb was feeling the strain by the time I finished, and my back for that matter. Finally the greenhouse staging was installed along with the fan heater.

Bubble fabric in place and also the greenhouse staging

Bubble fabric in place and also the greenhouse staging

The two Chilli peppers ‘Krimzon Lee’ look a little overwhelmed with all the emptiness. That won’t last for long. Tomorrow I’ll start filling it up.


Gravatar 1 Titania { 10.07.08 at 9:15 pm }

Hi, You have done a great job cleaning the greenhouse. It looks ready to be filled up and the red chilli peppers are not lonesome anymore. Are you growing more vegetables over winter, or do you use the greenhouse to store tender plants? It is lovely; I have to show it to my vegetable gardener. I have a sort of nursery, which I use for my cuttings. It is to small and the shelves have broken up and now it is always messy, because there is not enough space. Is there ever?

Gravatar 2 easygardener { 10.07.08 at 9:28 pm }

Titania – I just use the greenhouse to overwinter plants. If I get my second greenhouse I’d grow vegetables. Not likely to happen any time soon unfortunately :-(

Gravatar 3 Northern Shade { 10.08.08 at 3:45 am }

The after photo looks nice and clean, and ready for the softies. What plants do you overwinter?

Gravatar 4 easygardener { 10.08.08 at 9:58 am }

Northern Shade – I overwinter Carnivorous plants, pelargoniums, a Bird of Paradise, a Pomegranate, succulents, fuchsias, Arthropodium, Carmispartium, Metrosideros, Solanum, Sophora etc. The list goes on and there’s never enough room.

Gravatar 5 CityGarden { 10.08.08 at 4:31 pm }

I hope you have your second greenhouse soon.

Gravatar 6 Kanak { 10.09.08 at 5:53 pm }

Hi easygardener, I love the bird of paradise on your header and thank you for visiting Terra Farmer.

Allotment is a term that I learnt because of blogging. And now it’s ‘overwinter/ing’. That’s quite a preparation and the greenhouse looks really nice. Whereas we look forward to planting in winter, you need to think about plant protection.

I hope your wish for a second greenhouse comes true!

Gravatar 7 easygardener { 10.09.08 at 7:02 pm }

City Garden – I’m hoping to win the lottery :-)

Kanak – Thanks for visiting Kanak. Blogging has taught me lots of new things too!

Gravatar 9 VP { 10.11.08 at 3:13 pm }

I like the idea of an expanding greenhouse :)

Gravatar 10 Megan { 10.22.08 at 5:57 pm }

Man, what I wouldn’t give just for the one greenhouse like yours.