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Title: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: joiner on January 11, 2012, 22:32
hi,
 
Just got my very first plot and need some advice.
trying to work out best place to put greenhouse and which way is it best to position it. i have quite strong winds coming from west to east on my plot and wasnt sure which way the door is best to be on the greenhouse.

any advice pls
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: savbo on January 12, 2012, 09:33
Usual advice is to put door to east (if aligned E-W) or N (if aligned N-S) to reduce wind ( ???). I think it's much more important to never leave it - or any vents - open if high winds are forecast.
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: JayG on January 12, 2012, 10:39
Agree with Savbo (also probably worth not having the opening vent facing west for the same reason, especially if fitted with an auto-opener as on warm, windy days you can't close it without disconnecting it.)
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: Chrysalis on January 12, 2012, 14:04
Don't forget to try and get as much light all round it as you can...and remember drain pipes and bins for the water.
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: joiner on January 14, 2012, 21:59

anyone got any thoughts on a 6 x 6 greenhouse
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: savbo on January 15, 2012, 12:13
my home greenhouse is a 6x6 (al the lottie I have a 12x8 and an 8x6). I find it fine for getting things growing and for a few hanging tomatoes... but as everyone says, always get the biggest greenhouse you can possibly afford (and mine were 100, 50 and free respectively) as once you start you ALWAYS want more space!

sav
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: joiner on January 15, 2012, 21:20

Hi,
Laid the base for greenhouse its on 3x2 flags that are 2"thick. does this sound enough??
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: savbo on January 16, 2012, 10:15
how are you fixing the greenhouse down? other posters have said it's often easier to fix the greenhouse to substantial timbers (3"x3" at least) and fix those to the slabs, rather than fix direct to the concrete
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: sunshineband on January 16, 2012, 10:18
Whichever you choose, fix it down well, won't you

We have had some sailing greenhouses at our site recently --- one hopped over four or five plots before settling in a heap  :ohmy: :ohmy:
Title: Re: new plot...new greenhouse
Post by: fuzzy1983 on January 17, 2012, 04:57
You could buy a Poly Tunnel with Storm Braces + Crop Bars + Anchor Plates.
I know users who have them near the sea front and they don't blow over.
More to do with aero-dynamics.