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Title: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: DD. on March 28, 2014, 16:38
As requested.

Please only post here what is relevant to greenhouses and polytunnels.

Feel free to also post the same information in the "What I did on the plot today" thread as greenhouses and polytunnels are all part of the plot!

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=111751.0
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on March 28, 2014, 16:42
as first row of carrots up sowed a second (only 4ft) also moved leeklings out there from frost free .
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: m1ckz on March 28, 2014, 18:17
potted up some russian brocolli..hispi cabbage...tomatoes///an a few pots of tatties
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on March 28, 2014, 18:21
Potted on toms and cucumbers in heated GH.  Weeded and watered the first earliest and strawberries in the PT.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on March 28, 2014, 20:49
More scallions.  More coriander.  And more lettuce.

And sowed runner beans in the propagator to be moved into the PT when germinated.

Pretty worried that the toms have been sown too early.

Adri

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: jmc1949 on March 28, 2014, 22:03
Potted on Peppers and Tomatoes and sowed another batch of Sugar Snap Peas.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on March 29, 2014, 09:25
Will be sowing sugar snap peas this lunchtime.  Off to open the doors at both ends.  My min max thermometer is giving highs of 35+C if doors left closed so need to monitor that!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on March 30, 2014, 18:25
Moved Peppers, tomatoes and Aubergine plants from window sill to PT.  Hoping that my 6 x 220 litre water heatsinks are going to keep nighttime temps up enough.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on March 30, 2014, 18:38
Potted on the 2 'early tomato experiment' toms and the sweet peppers - all had roots at the bottom of the small pots.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Steveharford on March 30, 2014, 19:01
Potted on tomatoes , peppers, chillies etc. Sowed a few flower seeds. Split and potted on a supermarket living herb parsley plant. Topped up the taters in pots to cover the haulms. Sowed a bit more spinach, more radish and noticed some more sweet peas coming up.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on March 30, 2014, 19:14
Watered everything , damn it, and forgot to light eltex heater so looks like ill have to jump on me bike ride up there and light it :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 30, 2014, 19:55
Frantically searched for any germinated pepper seeds, without luck. Watered all the cell trays and helped a few Ferline tomatoes shed their seed cases.  Gave the strawberry tower a good soaking as they look to be sending out flower stems  :ohmy:  Sowed another 12 Arnold for root stock but Im out of cell trays now so  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on March 30, 2014, 19:59
I found that all the 20 carefully labelled pots of tomato seeds & 4 pots of chilli seeds plus peppers & auberge news that I lovingly sowed on Saturday were all labelled with a water soluble pen  :ohmy: :mad: :mad: so now I have no idea what varieties they are, & I was going to be oh so methodical this year.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Beetroot Queen on March 30, 2014, 20:20
Hubby finished off glazing ours  :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on March 30, 2014, 20:59
I found that all the 20 carefully labelled pots of tomato seeds & 4 pots of chilli seeds plus peppers & auberge news that I lovingly sowed on Saturday were all labelled with a water soluble pen  :ohmy: :mad: :mad: so now I have no idea what varieties they are, & I was going to be oh so methodical this year.
Snowdrops I feel your pain  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on March 30, 2014, 21:08
I'm very cross as I watered from below but it's still washed off,how on a plastic label I don't know. I'm tempted to resow but some were the last in the packet or some from the pas the parcel on here. I've no idea what the pen was doing in the seed tub either.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on March 30, 2014, 21:47
I am in exactly the same position ! however I do have clues so I will just sow some extra sweet peppers .
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on March 30, 2014, 22:11
It will pot luck here until I get fruit,then I should be able to tell red from yellow & orange tomatoes and purple from red peppers  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on March 31, 2014, 09:03
Off out to pot on peppers and chillis.  Some of the flower seeds I sowed last week are also through so will be potting them on in a few days.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 31, 2014, 12:52
I too will be playing the "does the wood marker mean cweet peppers or chilli peppers" game later in the season  :nowink:

Not a lot to do this morning - moved the herbs and the salads off the heated bed as they're getting leggy, the La diva cukes have germinated  :D and the strawbs are definitely about to flower  :ohmy:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 01, 2014, 20:34
Moved 15 runner beans from in house propagator to PT along with petunias and black eyed susans.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 02, 2014, 15:59
Alea Jacta Est!

1 seed of each, Cuke Passandra, Cuke Femspot, Butternut Squash, Courgette, Melon Charantais sowed into 9cm pots and into the propagator.

I'll do another batch in a weeks time and then the main sowing in mid April.

Lovely and warm in the PT today!!!  Harvested radishes and lettuce.

Adri
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on April 02, 2014, 16:06
Harvested chard and a small hispi from the poly . potted up toms in warm house.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on April 02, 2014, 20:14
Found that the mix of salad leaves I sowed on Saturday had germinated  :lol: and we're off  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on April 02, 2014, 22:40
Watered the "early" strawberries and a bit of tidying.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on April 02, 2014, 23:42
Potted on some more toms sowed melons,fennel,galleon cauli,harvested some spring onions,put more diesel in heater :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 04, 2014, 18:40
Potted on the legend and ferline toms and the paris island cos. Sowed another 12 cells of spring onions from 3 different seed suppliers  ::)

Emptied out the compost I sowed the valamaine lettuce into as none have germinated, I think the seeds gone over now - bought it in 2005 so I can't really complain.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on April 04, 2014, 19:12
Sowed some radish and watered pt :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 05, 2014, 16:45
Repotted toms, rearranged plants to squeeze yet more in, vented psb seedlings as they've popped up, removed a couple of snails that were having a chomp, moved some brassicas to the cold frame.  If it's going to go colder next week will have to reorganise again  :wacko: ...or get another plastic tom house & fleece as a 2nd extension :nowink:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 05, 2014, 18:28
Gave everything a once over...and sowed some climbing french beans for into the propagator.

cukes sowed 48 hours ago are now nearly 3" tall....OMG!!!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 08, 2014, 18:14
Sown 15 cobra french climbing beans.

Watered what needed it and planted out spring onions and lettuce from modules into the raised beds.  Potted up some peppers.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 11, 2014, 14:31
Made a wigwam and planted runner beans round it in raised bed.  Sowed Sweetcorn into the propagator, sowed dwarf french beans into the propagator, sowed cucumbers into propagator. 

Sowed a patch of radish direct into raised beds. Planted out pak choi from modules into raised beds.  Planted coriander from modules into raised beds.

Put first tomatoes into raised beds...they are 15 inch high and worried that they are too early but they do look good.  sungold and shirley varieties.

Things are getting v v busy in the old PT!!!!!!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Steveharford on April 11, 2014, 14:38
Opened the pt door. 34 deg ! Phew!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 11, 2014, 19:03
Built this... what a palava.  Needed to be done though the cukes were pressed against the 6" high frame I cobbled together a week or so ago. Gives me 12" growing height at the back and sits on my heated bench, making it 1 big propagator  :D

Just need to fashion a lid stay now.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on April 11, 2014, 19:46
Tempted fate by sowing the sweetcorn.. The house is unheated, but not been below 8 degrees the last couple of nights, and they're all tucked up inside lots & lots of bubble wrap... if they fail... then so be it.. I've another 7 packets from the Wyevale end of season sale  :ohmy:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 12, 2014, 18:25
Potted on the chilli peppers, cucamelons , tatsoi and arnold root stock toms. Sowed another mushy tub of radish and the pepino seeds which arrived this morning. Planted a couple dwarf French beans out in the top greenhouse border along with a row of frubund carrots. It's getting petty crowded in the bottom GH now  :ohmy:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Beetroot Queen on April 12, 2014, 18:54
Weeded the poly today which was registering 90f phew was warm and the door was open
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 12, 2014, 19:55
After dinner...sat in the PT and glowed with satisfaction at how good it is...
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 15, 2014, 21:33
Lifted the lid on the propogator this morning to find there had been a spider explosion overnight - little yellow spiders were everywhere  :nowink:

I think this is one of the most boring stages of growing - everything has germinated and I'm just waiting for them to get big enough to pot on. Makes me want to sow more seed  :lol: Nothing to do but give everything a good soaking.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 15, 2014, 21:42
Had morning cuppa, elevenses, lunch and then coffee this afternoon in there - really cold East wind outside.

Managed to do some potting on as well  and noticed that school garden tomatoes are just showing through  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 16, 2014, 22:22
Had morning cuppa, elevenses, lunch and then coffee this afternoon in there

I tried to do that today - couldn't find anywhere to put my coffee mug down, plants everywhere  :nowink:

Had to water everything again - this compost seems to be drying very quickly  :unsure: . Noticed the celtuce has started to germinate and the tatsoi is still on steroids  :ohmy: Need to start clearing things up and out so I can get ready for the putting out the toms.  I should get 14 plants in the bottom GH it's just a question of which varieties.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Ma Lowe on April 16, 2014, 22:33
Tidied all the staging and got rid of pots and things I haven't used. Hosed down the new stones laid in the 2nd greenhouse to get rid of the lime. Sowed some

Tomatoes
6x Harbinger
6x Hidares
2x Ferline (thought I had more)
6x Red Pear

3x Market more cucumber
12x Little Gem Lettuce
6x Lolla Rossa Lettuce
20x Solo F1 Beetroot
20x Chioggia Beetroot
48x Belstar Calabrese
24x Ormskirk Savoy Cabbage

Just remembered I have some other seeds to sow I forgot about so will do them tomorrow.  :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 17, 2014, 18:01
Picked Radishes, Rocket and Lettuce to go with tonights home made meat balls and pasta.

Toms are now about 15-18 inches tall and in their beds.  Whether I started to early or not they look OK for it.  Wondering if day length issues will affect the crop....

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 17, 2014, 18:22
It'll depend on how cold they get at night, still getting near zero some nights here  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 17, 2014, 18:53
Whether I started to early or not they look OK for it.  Wondering if day length issues will affect the crop....

We've been very lucky with the weather this year, if you'd have tried it last year it would have ended in tears  ;)

Nothing to do really today, but potted on some of the toms for the bottom GH Im keeping the spares in cells hoping the root stock catch up. Watered and fed the strawberry tower. I pruned off every leaf which looked sickly and it seems to have halted whatever it was  :D might actually get some strawbs this year  :ohmy: Picked a few green things and some radish. No sign of the pepino or physalis yet.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 19, 2014, 17:31
I thought it was cold in there last night when I looked this morning Id left the window open all night  :ohmy:  >:(

Still not a lot to do, sowed some butternut squash, sunshine and crown prince watered the dry cells and shouted at the chocolate habanero, physalis , pepino , black cherry, fandango and roma seeds, still no sign of any of them.  :mad:

Started tube grafting,

Ferline onto Arnold
California wonder (sweet pepper) onto Ferline
Brandy wine onto Russian Black

I was using one of those snappable craft knife blades but wasn't doing to well, so smashed my way into a BIC orange disposable and the blade in that was scary sharp but much more suitable for the job.  :D Everything is in the healing chamber now - exciting.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: LilacSandy on April 19, 2014, 19:34
Now the new greenhouse is up I am franticly moving everything from the house onto the staging, managed to pot on 70 cauliflower seedlings and some pot marigolds,  Have another load of different cauliflowers to pot on together with two varieties of Brussels, really interested to see what the difference in tomatoes will be this year.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 20, 2014, 12:09
Took this piccy...v pleased with first year in PT so far!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 21, 2014, 10:25
Tis a thing of beauty adri123, wish I had the space for something that size.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on April 21, 2014, 10:27
That does look good. I'm a bit worried by the close proximity of the tops of the canes to the plastic or is it an optical illusion?
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Beetroot Queen on April 21, 2014, 11:11
Ok so the toms are all out on their own. Lettuce are growing so fast its a daily change
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 21, 2014, 18:33
Discovered a slimey that had found a high level hiding place- that explains my bad germination PSB issue  :nowink:
Otherwise did the slidey puzzle thing to fit even more in  :tongue2:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 21, 2014, 19:33
Still nothing really to do, played the sliding block game with the trays - always fun.

The fandango and black cherry toms have germinated as have lots of the physalis which isn't bad considering they were saved from bought fruit 2 years ago.  Potted on the black from tula and put some aubergine seeds in to try and graft.

Still not sure if I should try growing cukes / melons in the bottom greenhouse or keep them all in the top one  :unsure:  but need to make a decision soon as things are starting to put tendrils  :)

Nothing seems to have wilted yet in the healing chamber  :ohmy: another couple of days and I should be able to tell if the grafts have taken.

Scattered a few blue pellets as something has been munching on my strawbs  :mad:

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 23, 2014, 15:02
Trying to avoid doing some work this afternoon  ::) Potted on the cukes , iznik, la diva, carmen all doing well - miniture white seems a little slower. Melons and cucamelons also on the slow side. Potted on a few of the brandy wine and black prince toms, the rest can stay in cell trays for a bit.  Juggled things around again , I really should stop sowing a tray of seed when I want just 1-2 of a plant.

Some of the toms and peppers are showing signs of nutrient deficiency already :mad: not impressed with the compost this year at all, that's less than a month for some of the plants. Will give them a feed to pep them up a bit as it's going to be a few weeks still before they're big enough to be put out.

Sprayed the strawbs as they were covered with greenfly which seem to have appeared from nowhere overnight.  :wacko:

The carrots in the top GH border have started to germinate  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 28, 2014, 16:41
Pinched off the first flower from a chilli plant. 
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on April 28, 2014, 17:32
Tidied, sowed and kept out of the rain! Started to realise with all the stuff in there either germinating or being kept warm (mostly under fleece and bubble wrap as it's not heated)! that i'll run out of space on the shelves before it all goes outside onto the plot... Mike... hurry up and finish the new cold frame please!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on April 29, 2014, 19:30
The only thing Mike & I did in the greenhouse today was use it as a shelter from the rain!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 01, 2014, 13:13
Potted on 1 each of the inzik and la diva cukes. I've held the others back as the larger pots/plants wont fit inside the cold frame over night ... just incase  ;) Potted on the mini-white, they really are slow compared to the F1 varieties. Final potting on of my arnold donor plant, I'll root the side shoots as Im out of seeds. Split some canes for the Cucamelon as they're still in 4" pots but were grabbing things.

Started thinking about plant supports, since I've shorten the bench I can now get another 4 pots in on the sides, Im considering growing the cukes there and up and over rather than up a mesh trellis in the middle.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on May 01, 2014, 17:55
My spare room seems to have become a very full 'heated greenhouse' whilst the cold snap moves through  :tongue2:  I'm ok if I keep the door closed, the family will never know...... shhhhhh...... :wub:
On the other hand, the extra shelf space I 'found' (think very large white magnetic pin board on a keyboard stand!) opens up all sorts of possibilities for next year  :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 01, 2014, 19:51
It's a risk but I'm not moving anything from the PT during the cold snap.  Banking on my heat sinks seeing things through with their thermal mass.

Hacked away at the Capsicum Annuums today taking off the heads and some leaves to see if it promotes bushiness...either that or kill em...

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 03, 2014, 23:55
Put the heater on,was going to move toms to other gh to plant but didn't incase of frost they are nearly 2 feet tall now  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 04, 2014, 18:29
Lots of tinkering today  :)

Rummaged around the bag of bits left over from re-assembling the greenhouse and found 8 wire hanging things so was able to string wire across the roof on both sides. Drilled and screwed some fixing into the brick base for another wire running down both sides at the bottom then put strings between the two. Used 120l of compost, a 1kg box of growmore and a packet of water retaining gel and potted on 2 of each of my tomato plants into their final positions.

Potted up the cukes as they'd started to flower - expect they'll be dead in the morning  :nowink: I'm going to try training them up strings rather than letting them scrabble up mesh or trellis.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: marcofez on May 04, 2014, 18:54
Made  sure everything was looking good and gave it all a good watering!
Must tidy all the bits and bobs up!!!!!! asap! ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Gryphon on May 04, 2014, 20:49
I fell asleep whilst reading a book.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 04, 2014, 21:37
@gryphon.  Best posting so far!!!

Good Read?
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 05, 2014, 11:55
Potted up more peppers, chillis and aubergines.  Lots of flowers coming and one open flower on my rocoto plant!!! 

Feel like I should be sowing some seeds as I haven't done any in ages....
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on May 05, 2014, 18:58
Moving stuff back outside from spare room.... moving stuff from greenhouse inner sanctum ...to outer cool house ....to cold frame.... :wacko:
sowed a few more courgettes as seem to have ended up with only 2 plants, but last year 10 was a few too many  8)
also more kale, poppies and beans, beans and beans.  Toms in flower but we'll see-  I have history, me and tomatoes. bottom end rot, split, dead, tough.  Trying greenhouse cherries first time (gartenperle) to see if that works better for me.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 05, 2014, 20:04
... I need a bigger greenhouse.  ::)

Potted on the Jals and Californian wonder, Trinidad scorpion and bhut jolokia (which are growing so slowly) and put the mini -white cukes out in the top greenhouse so they can scramble up the chicken wire which is bolted to the sides. There was a tonne of stuff I wanted to do, like sowing beans, courgettes and more salad stuff, but I've run out of compost :ohmy: and nothing was going to get me anywhere near been and queued on a bank holiday !

Dwarf French beans in the top greenhouse are in flower but the carrots have had very patchy germination.  :(

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 07, 2014, 18:11
Took a couple of piccys...

The garlic is getting on my nerves...refuses to bulb up.  Might well yank it out in a couple of weeks anyway.

Second pic is my pride and joy...Aji Amarillo from Peru.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on May 07, 2014, 18:46
aha! finally grabbed a bag of John innes no 2 in the rain (and I had my posh work clothes on) as happened to have parked near the garden centre  8)  Those desperate poor cukes that have been waiting only got repotted after I'd potted on the squashes as I'd run out of mid sized pots....that was a crazy half hour.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Steveharford on May 07, 2014, 19:43
Nice looking layout there Adri and all looking really good. Garlic should be fine. Why do you grow it in the polytunnel though? Steve
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 07, 2014, 20:04
Cos the PT was new in Oct last year and I was desperate to get anything in the ground...Won't do it again.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 07, 2014, 20:49
Leave the garlic for another 6 weeks and it will be fine - in on the shortest, out on the longest  ;) 

Still not much to do here, didn't get chance to fetch more compost so spent some time slug hunting as something had eaten every single one of my celtuce plants overnight  :mad:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 08, 2014, 21:22
Cleared some space today  :D Took a boot load full of plants over to a customers, he said he'd like a few - well now he's got a lot  :lol:

I can actually get in the greenhouse again - think I'll sow some more seeds  ::)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 08, 2014, 21:26
Dug up some more early spuds then planted toms in their place and planted 2 cucumbers,pulled some radish and watered pt and gh's ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on May 08, 2014, 22:33
Cleared some space today  :D Took a boot load full of plants over to a customers, he said he'd like a few - well now he's got a lot  :lol:

I can actually get in the greenhouse again - think I'll sow some more seeds  ::)

I did the same - I took 18 Tomatoes, 6 Sunflowers, 14 Peppers, 5 Cukes, 3 Gherkins and a tray of nasturtium, a tray of scabious and a tray of cosmos over to a friend.  Moved the same up to my PT staging and came back and planted tray loads of flowers in the greenhouse.  I feel sooooo happy.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 11, 2014, 17:48
Sowed 4 types of courgette , potted on the last of the peppers, divided and potted on the parsley. Put the cucamelons in their final positions, 2 in the top greenhouse and 2 in the bottom. Took the rest of the tomatoes up to the top greenhouse ready to go out, just trying to decided if I should sink some pots or plant direct  :unsure:

Pinched out the side shoots from the arnold tomato and put them in compost to try grafting round #3 and noticed the iznik cuke has some mini-cukes on it  :D

Spent the rest of the day turning the house upside down looking for the casement stay for the window I pinched the auto-opener from - do you think I can find it, can I heck as like !  :mad:

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Hayleynotts on May 11, 2014, 19:24
Finished constructing my new greenhouse so now I can post :) transferred all my plants from the kitchen windowsills and into the greenhouse (don't worry I've purchased a paraffin heater just incase I need to keep temps up at night). Didn't realise how many tomato and pepper plants I had. The sungold tomatoes are flowering as are the redskin peppers.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 11, 2014, 19:31
Also got mini cukes on the Passandra.  Redness coming on strawberries and lots of flowers on toms, peppers and dare I say it....aubergines.

Won't hold my breath for the Aubs though.  They sound tricky to say the least.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 14, 2014, 21:01
Fed Chillis, Toms, Peppers and Aubergines with Tomorite.  Not sure about it all being too early but the date's recorded so if it wasn't right this time then next year...might be.4

Adri

Not sure if Tom feed is any good for Aubs.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on May 14, 2014, 21:34
Not sure if Tom feed is any good for Aubs.

Yes, it's what they need  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 14, 2014, 22:14
Nothing as I have been away for a few days working for a friend making pebble paths and garden beds and building a wall around his dig kennels ;) so cant wait to get up the lottie tomorrow :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 15, 2014, 20:18
Put a wire the full length of the PT tied to the hoops.  Then dangled twine for cukes to grow up.  Looks good but I would have preferred a trellis of some sort.  One string looks so insubstantial.

Adri
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 15, 2014, 23:05
Planted 30 toms in poly tunnel another 20 tomorrow,  and another 32 in three greenhouses with another 12 to go in tomorrow, and 2 cuc's and a snake gourd in pt  :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: jmc1949 on May 16, 2014, 18:01
Potted up the cukes and tomatoes and gave them a good watering.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 16, 2014, 20:13
Watering, plenty of it  :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 17, 2014, 23:46
Spotted my first pepper!!!!

Aji Escabeche.  About 1.5 inches long. I know that some advise taking off the first peppers but how can I? It would be like cutting off my own arm...well not quite but is it really necessary?  There seems to be different advice according to the pepper type too so given I'm a newbie to peppers/chillis I might be doing just the wrong thing by nipping off my first baby....

Anyway, must be doing something more or less right.

Adri
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 18, 2014, 18:45
Watered.. snaffled the only ripe-ish strawberry and water some more. Moved the vent higher up, as the tomato in front of it was sulking and potted on the last of the toms for the bottom greenhouse. Potted up some of the self set hot lemon peppers from the top greenhouse and put some French beans in modules. Fed the chickens the bolted tatsoi, coriander and lettuce.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Hayleynotts on May 18, 2014, 21:22
Potted up my cucumbers and peppers and gave everything a good water
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 18, 2014, 23:28
Planted another cucumber did some more watering ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on May 18, 2014, 23:32
Well on Thursday I tried (and nearly succeeded) in frying everything in there! ::) :wacko:

Today I topped up the compost on he surviving toms to encourage more roots before they get finally planted :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri on May 20, 2014, 19:01
Found more peppers growing...should the first be sacrificed to encourage more fruiting?

And also flowers on Aubergine plants.  I almost binned the Aubergines as a 'not a chance'.  Glad I didn't now.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 20, 2014, 19:06
Watered, sideshooted and chucked out everything which had run to seed.  Moaned at the cucamelons for being a waste of space and spoke sharply to the la diva cuke which insists on putting out side shoots and not climbing up the strings.

Things seem to have stalled here  :wacko:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Steveharford on May 20, 2014, 19:08
I too have the odd pepper forming. About an inch long. Very early for a plant that's not even a foot high yet isn't it?  Anyway I've given them some liquid feed.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on May 20, 2014, 23:25
Picked the first 3 ripe Strawberries of the year ;-)
Congratulated myself at how well the capillary matting watering system had done in the 6 days we've been away, and smiled that some of the 3rd batch of sweetcorn sowings have come through whilst we've been gone.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: marcofez on May 24, 2014, 10:42
Went out early to put up some brassica cages and plant some brussels, but its tipping down with rain. Instead, planted out watermelons, honeydew melons and some more peppers into the polytunnel. Tidied up also. Then got wet walking back home! Had a cuppa!!! ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 24, 2014, 11:26
Watered, side-shooted and put up more supports at roof level.  Sowed salad leaves and potted on some living herbs from the supermarket.  Fast approaching the time to bin the seedlings I can't possible find a space for  :( and clean away the cold weather and germination kit.

In the top greenhouse the dwarf beans seem to be taking forever and the carrot germination is very poor, the mini-white cukes aren't looking healthy at all but cucamelons seem to have finally sorted themselves out.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on May 24, 2014, 21:26
For the second day running, used it as a shelter from the rain! It was so bad today, that we even moved the plastic chairs in from our little patio area!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 24, 2014, 21:53
Tied up rest of toms,watered and pulled some more garlic from tunnel :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on May 24, 2014, 22:41
I moved everything around on the bench (again) to get the germinated beans out in the light 'til they're big enough to plant.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on May 24, 2014, 23:27
I moved everything around on the bench (again) to get the germinated beans out in the light 'til they're big enough to plant.

I'm getting "tired" of moving stuff in the g/h around to accommodate "new" stuff that just keeps growing!
I either need a bigger g/h, another g/h and / or another plot  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: New shoot on May 25, 2014, 06:36
but cucamelons seem to have finally sorted themselves out.

Have faith  ;)  We were all moaning at what slow weedy things they were last year, swiftly followed by cries for rescue as we bravely tried to machete our ways into the greenhouse past the beasts  :lol:

I snuck a chilli plant into my greenhouse yesterday.  I lost my seedlings and said I wouldn't bother this year as I have loads of dried ones from last year, but ...........  we got a whole exciting new range of them in at work.  The Zimbabwe Black had to be mine  :blush:

Purple leaves, purple chillies ripening to red and pretty purple flowers - gimmie, gimmie, gimmie  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on May 25, 2014, 09:20
My grafted aubs came the other day so I've stocked up on Tom*r*te growbags and manure and I will be planting those and my toms into their final places very shortly :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on May 25, 2014, 14:38
Potted on the really late sown chilli's.. they looked like they didn't like the heat once transplanted, and it was soooo warm in there that i'm not sure I did either!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri on May 26, 2014, 13:57
ripped out the everbearing strawberries and chucked them in the bin...

variety was 'buddy'

buddy useless they were!!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri on May 27, 2014, 18:59
Took a couple of piccys.  And made a herb bed.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on May 27, 2014, 19:52
I am so jealous of your space Adri  :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri on May 27, 2014, 20:29
Well I post the pics just to pinch myself and believe it's real!!!

The PT kit sat in a shed for 18 months and it took a friend saying 'you'll never get that polytunnel built' to spur me into action.

Here's the new herb bed...

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 27, 2014, 21:06
Tied up toms and runner beans watered pt :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on May 28, 2014, 12:25
I snuck a chilli plant into my greenhouse yesterday.  I lost my seedlings and said I wouldn't bother this year as I have loads of dried ones from last year, but ...........  we got a whole exciting new range of them in at work.  The Zimbabwe Black had to be mine  :blush:

Purple leaves, purple chillies ripening to red and pretty purple flowers - gimmie, gimmie, gimmie  :lol:

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh your work sounds a dangerous place for seedaholics!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on May 28, 2014, 17:37
Planted aubergines in one of the gh's couldont do anything outside as it was raining :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 28, 2014, 19:52
Sideshooted the toms,watered the strawbs and picked anything ripe-ish, watered the cukes - doesn't look like Im too far away from a picking. Much of the second sowing of salad has run to seed and the 3rd hasn't even germinated yet   :mad:

Too wet to check the top greenhouse but I can't imagine anything exciting has happened it there   ::)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on May 28, 2014, 20:05
Got down there in a rare dry patch to check it over & water a few bits. Noticed some flowers on a couple of the tomatoes. Time to get them potted into final pots this weekend.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri on May 28, 2014, 23:19
Picked some strawbs...did a dusk slug hunt and turned down the watering system to 15mins per two days.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 01, 2014, 21:58
More sideshooting - the toms aren't looking too good and there's definitely something funny going on with the brandy wine. Watered lots - I've used most of the 220l over the past 2 days  :ohmy:

Picked the ripe strawbs - there are definitely 2 types in there one has horrible bitter fruit the other is passable but not exactly delicious - I'll be kicking the lot out next week I think to use the space for peppers.

Up in the top GH the dwarf beans have finally started to set but everything else in there was looking very sickly so I've given it all a feed and hopefully things will pick up.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on June 01, 2014, 22:16
Finished potting up all the tomatoes in to there final pots, all the cucumbers (8) :ohmy: were done on Friday. Not counted the toms but I know I have loads more that I've left outside, plus 20 plus for the plot. Sort of in the greenhouse but out on the lawn I potted on all the squash, chillis/ peppers another casualty of non waterproof pen :nowink: & the aubergines.all beans now out hardening off as are the beetroot & Swiss chard.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 02, 2014, 19:56
chillis/ peppers another casualty of non waterproof pen :nowink:

Are you still none the wiser ? I think I managed to sort mine based on leaf shape but it's all still a bit of a guessing game until the pods develop.

I Potted on 2 physalis plants and moved the cold frame from the heated bench to give me a bit more space. Picked a few more strawberries and fed them to the chickens  :blush: Moved the beetroot seed trays up to the top GH  5 out of 40 have germinated  :mad:

Watered everything Id missed over the weekend and then picked my first cuke.  :tongue2:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on June 03, 2014, 06:46
chillis/ peppers another casualty of non waterproof pen :nowink:

Are you still none the wiser ? I think I managed to sort mine based on leaf shape but it's all still a bit of a guessing game until the pods develop.

I Potted on 2 physalis plants and moved the cold frame from the heated bench to give me a bit more space. Picked a few more strawberries and fed them to the chickens  :blush: Moved the beetroot seed trays up to the top GH  5 out of 40 have germinated  :mad:

Watered everything Id missed over the weekend and then picked my first cuke.  :tongue2:

No Lardy, they are still too small,not confident of a crop to be fair as I know they need a long growing season,but I have put them in the conservatory so they benefit from the extra heat,plus I hadn't got room in the greenhouse so that's what I told hubby to get them past him :D :D
Great news on the cuc,no wonder you had a  :tongue2: moment  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on June 03, 2014, 07:12

Watered everything Id missed over the weekend and then picked my first cuke.  :tongue2:

Bragging again?   :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 03, 2014, 12:01
Bragging again?   :lol:

You'll have to give me this one MoS - after 6 years of trying  ;)  :) Besides I thought I better pick one quick sharp, I figured the longer I look after them the more change they have of keeling over dead :lol:

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on June 03, 2014, 18:46
I've got 6 spare plants :) having potted up 8  :ohmy:  what on earth I'm going to do with them all if they fruit like crazy, cucumber soup anyone?
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: 3 allotments on June 04, 2014, 14:10
yester day I took the first cucumber from gh around 10 inch and ate it straight away  :D it was yummy
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 05, 2014, 16:36
Kicked out the strawbs today - so many covered in botrytis and it had started to spread to the tomatoes.  :( I had tried really hard this year to keep a good air flow around them but it just doesn't seem to help.

Gave all the toms a short back and sides removing furry leaves and donated all the bolted salads to the chickens.

Im really not happy with the growth on the tomatoes this year - they're all scrunched up and curled almost like amniowhatshisface but without the bleaching.   :wacko:  The two melon plants look very sick so they'll be heading for the compost at the weekend and none of the 20 french beans have germinated.   >:(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on June 06, 2014, 20:38
Potted up the cue/butternuts (they all got a bit mixed up- it's going to be a big surprise for me!) & achona.  Re sowed late sowing brassicas as the rotten compost I had just wasn't working and had brought a new bag. 

Did a tidy up and a bit of a 'final places' audit and a move around :nowink: nope, there's just not enough room!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 08, 2014, 16:46
Pulled couple of bolted lettuce and replaced with new plants.  Watered everything and misted cukes and toms...need to check on whether misting is right for toms.  Not sure.

Sowed more spinach.  Ate some strawbs....yummy!!!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Steveharford on June 08, 2014, 16:56
What variety spinach is suitable to sow now Adri ? I'd like to get some in
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 08, 2014, 17:29
I put in Medina.  Last few seeds in the pack.  It tastes fantastic too much better than the perpetual.

If it's going in a PT you should get a crop I think.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Beetroot Queen on June 08, 2014, 17:50
Yesterday we put in two late cues, hope its not too late.

Today I opened the door talked nicely to my beautiful beetroot. Smiled at the carrots and beamed at the toms.

Well done boys and girls escaped my lips and then I carried on weeding outside, very happy with my freecycle glass house as Florence calls it.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Steveharford on June 08, 2014, 17:51
No room inside. Chocka with toms and a few chillies. They would have to go outdoors. Still time to grow but I haven't found one that doesn't bolt yet. Even my early stuff has bolted.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on June 08, 2014, 17:54
Harvested my first earlies from the polytunnel and put in Toms and Aubs to replace them.

In the greenhouse I potted on all my young plants and took the staging out so that I can plant some tomatoes into the border.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on June 08, 2014, 18:10
Yesterday picked up the grafted cukes 'Passandra' from the post office (missed them on Friday :mad:) and in the evening before work, set them into their final pots.

I have 3 in the back of the greenhouse and 3 outside against the back wall of the house (the bricks really hold the heat from the day until late in the evening - and I actually succeeded with outdoor cukes in that spot last year). ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 08, 2014, 19:28
Our first Passandra is about ready for harvesting.  Looks about 14cm or so now.  Packet says 15-20cm so we'll wait a few days more and pick...

Can't wait.  Last time we grew cukes was years ago in a greenhouse I built for my dad.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on June 08, 2014, 23:23
Had a good clear out, so that the removable potting shed could be removed, to make way for the growing toms underneath.
All of the stuff that's still not big enough to go out on the plot was moved to the cold frame, so the indoor cues could be potted into their final positions.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: JayG on June 09, 2014, 11:19
Pulled couple of bolted lettuce and replaced with new plants.  Watered everything and misted cukes and toms...need to check on whether misting is right for toms.  Not sure.

Some people mist tomato flowers to help with setting, but it shouldn't be necessary - an occasional tap of the stems is usually enough.

Misting tomato leaves is a bad idea - it will only increase the chances of blight or other fungal spores germinating and taking hold.
You should try to keep tomato leaves as dry as possible at all times, including when watering.

+ + + +

Tomatoes mostly looking quite good in my GH, with the exception of the Inca plum plants which are looking quite sickly at the moment, which is a bit hard to fathom as they've been a trouble-free 'banker' for the past few years.

Not killed my cukes yet, although they are only at the first true leaf stage and have only just been transplanted.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 09, 2014, 20:35
Well tomorrow is 'C' Day. That's when all the spare plants I've grown and lovingly nurtured for the past 5 months head off to the compost bin.   :nowink:

In January next year can someone please remind me I only need.

Bottom Greenhouse
10 Tomatoes
2 Cukes
3 Peppers

Top Greenhouse
6 Tomatoes
6 Chilli Peppers
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on June 09, 2014, 20:37
Well tomorrow is 'C' Day. That's when all the spare plants I've grown and lovingly nurtured for the past 5 months head off to the compost bin.   :nowink:

In January next year can someone please remind me I only need.

Bottom Greenhouse
10 Tomatoes
2 Cukes
3 Peppers

Top Greenhouse
6 Tomatoes
6 Chilli Peppers
Can you not sell them off to neighbours for a few pennies?
I've given all my spares to my mate John ;) Saved him some pennies anyway :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on June 09, 2014, 22:47
Finally found spaces for the last few squash 'extras' - just the 2 Minnesota Midget melons to plant in the seedling cloche and the greenhouses will only have the toms, cukes and peppers in  :ohmy:

No joy this year, so far, with Basil or Tagetes  :(  Gonna have to buy some pots of Basil from the supermarket me thinks  :blush:

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 09, 2014, 23:07
Not too late to sow Basil Mum.  Got loads just coming up and sowing successionaly. 
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on June 10, 2014, 09:37
I know it's not too late but after 3 sowings - I'm just fed up with it  :blush:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 10, 2014, 11:15
Can you not sell them off to neighbours for a few pennies?

I'll grab you a picture of gardens next door as an answer to that  :nowink:

Juggled everything around this morning to give the tomatoes which are growing more space from those which are sulking. The cukes are coming thick and fast now, picked another 2 iznik and an la diva the carmen are a lot slower though. First picking of the dwarf french beans this morning, they're not that early and have been a major pain to work around, wont be bothering again.

I know it's not too late but after 3 sowings - I'm just fed up with it  :blush:

Love it.   :lol:  :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on June 10, 2014, 12:51
You're supposed to feel sorry for me *sulk*
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 10, 2014, 17:08
You're supposed to feel sorry for me *sulk*

Only 3 sowings ... single digits don't qualify for sympathy  :nowink:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on June 10, 2014, 17:52
 :tongue2:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on June 11, 2014, 22:51
Got home from work this evening and tied in the tomatoes, sprayed them (having read an interesting thread about toms...) and tied them in to the framework. ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 12, 2014, 14:35
Painted most of the bottom GH and 1 side of the top GH with Nixol it's 51degrees in there even after painting with both windows, the vent and the door open  :ohmy:

Too hot for me to stay in there I was melting  :nowink:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 16, 2014, 11:16
Big clear out over the weekend.

In the bottom GH I've potted on about a dozen of the peppers both chilli and sweet. The rest have been taken up to the top GH where I'll see if I can squash them into the beds. I also potted up my single pepino plant, it's taken 8 years of trying but I've finally germinated 1 seed. ::) If anything happens to it I'll cry.

Discarded all the leftover tomato, pepper, physalis and cucumber plants. Took all the peppers out of that duff compost and put lettuce in there, hopefully the hot peppers can be saved. The compost had a definite whiff of stagnant water to it :wacko: . 

Potted on 2 miniature white cukes for the lean-to GH and 1 black cherry tomato Im not getting on well with the shelves in there at all so they're coming out.

Side shooted, tied in, watered and fed everything then hacked back some of the lower leaves to let everything breath more easily.

In the top GH, I put the wires up and started to string up the toms, the miniature white cukes are doing much better, not sure if thats the shading or the can of comfrey feed I gave them.  :unsure: Tried to tie the cucamelons in but they're an untidy (and fruitless) bunch.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on June 16, 2014, 14:49
I went up to the plot this morning while it was still cool as I couldn't go inside the doors of the PT yesterday pm when we were up there as it was too hot.

Tied in all the Toms, picked the strawberries and watered and fed everything in there - it is all looking good.



Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 22, 2014, 20:41
Nipped out the top of the first lot of toms in the PT.  Couldn't reach the top one so will have to get the steps out tomorrow...Nice predicament.

Looks like we'll be swamped with cukes soon.  Already had a few but there's tons on the way.

Chucked out a few slugs...B@st@r**!!!  Resisted pellets up to now but next season will make more defences including electric fences round the raised beds.

Adri
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on June 22, 2014, 21:35
There's a nice cucumber soup recipe that can be eaten hot or cold - I make loads of it and I prefer it hot ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on June 24, 2014, 00:08
Watered and fed the toms, cuc's and chilli's.
Looking forward to collecting the new (2nd hand) greenhouse for plot 29 later in the week, so I can pot on the remaining chilli's
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on June 28, 2014, 00:00
I stood inside the new greenhouse as Mike was putting it up.. handed him lots of Glazing clips, and put lots of the (I think they're called) W clips on the glass!

That now takes us to: 1 "proper" greenhouse, 1 home built greenhouse, and 1 lean to greenhouse.

Just a shame none of them can be heated early in the season :-(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on June 28, 2014, 00:15
After work (at 9pm this evening) went to check the Big Drippa system, but ended up taking out loads of unnecessary tomato leaves and tied back all toms and cukes (which had all had a 24 hour growth spurt of their own!!)

Starting to look like land of the triffids in there!! :unsure:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on June 28, 2014, 08:24
Watered, fed and tied in Tomatoes and Cucumbers in the PT at the Plot.  Planted 15 dahlias in one of the PT borders - hoping to get some nice show Dahlias from them.  Dug up the peas and half the carrots in preparation for planting the Peppers and Chilli's on Sunday.

I came home and potted on some young plants I have growing in the greenhouse at home.  I need to do a big clear on in there and take the staging down so that I can give the Toms and Cucks in there more space to grow.  Will hopefully get that done on Monday.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 29, 2014, 12:32
Cut out the lower leaves on the toms.  Much better now.  Easier for watering/fertilising and will be better ventilation.

Now using "Bumper Crop" fert as recommended by one of the users here.  Looks good stuff.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 29, 2014, 13:19
Now using "Bumper Crop" fert as recommended by one of the users here.  Looks good stuff.

Be interested to see the results and hear what you think in a couple of weeks - I prefer granules to liquid but Im torn between this and their No 4 (which I assume is the same as chempak's No 4).

Bit of clear up today - removed the sideshoots, lower leaves and anything looking sickly. I had 3 tomatoes in that dubious compost so emptied those out, very little root growth at all. I've potted them on in fresh compost hopefully they will recover.

Planted out a tray of jalapenos and some californian wonder in the top greenhouse, things are really badly organised up there , it's such a mess :(

Noticed some of the sungold are finally starting to change colour :D  The tomato season fast approaches ... and not a moment too soon, despite my early start this year it's less than a week sooner than last year, hardly seems worth the effort.

Thinking about binning the cucamelons in the bottom GH, they're not doing very well, taking up space and there are 2 plants in the top GH, added to which Im not entirely fond of them.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 29, 2014, 20:50
Bumper crop instructions say...1gram per litre and then 1 litre per 10m2 (That can't be right)  10m2!!!!

I just mixed 10 grams with 10 litres and watered liberally all round toms, cukes and peppers...see what happens...
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on June 30, 2014, 21:19
So today we dug the beds inside the house, then covered with membrane for this year - still not 100% sure on the layout, so this buys us some time and the toms are happy in their flower buckets.

Moved the 10 toms & 1 chilli from the flyaway into the glass house, staging up and ready for the chilli's, but need Mike to fix the autovent window frame first.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on June 30, 2014, 21:34
Finally got round to tying up the tomatoes, well most of them, side shooting them at the same time & removing some grotty looking leaves as well. Just the 8 cucumber plants to go & the 2rows of toms that are in the middle of the g/house but they might go to where I normally place them as they are still so tiny, but they might be cherry ones.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on July 01, 2014, 21:56
Mike fixed the autovent window, once this was done I could then move the last 13 chilli plants from the cold frame to their new home.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on July 01, 2014, 22:38
Picked the first sungold tomato tonight - it was so good.  :tongue2:

Bit more sideshooting splashed some water around the top GH it really needs a good soaking tomorrow though, Im still trying to save the cukes and applied a foliar feed of epsom salts.  My new glass cutter arrived this morning, so I was able to finish cutting the replacement panels for the bottom GH without breaking any more  ::)

Tempted to plant a few more cuke seeds  :unsure:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on July 01, 2014, 23:49
Had a few Sungold Toms already.  They were great tasting but only the size of a marble.  Is that right?  I know they are cherry toms but still seemed a bit titchy.

Adri
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: JayG on July 02, 2014, 10:23
Sungold do seem to vary, probably in the range of sizes I (just about  ::)) remember marbles used to - doesn't worry me, although they do seem more prone to splitting than other cherry types.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on July 02, 2014, 11:44
I had forgotten about the splitting  :mad: I prefer a proper tomato, but had a specific request for these again.   ::)

Mine are around the size of a 2p coin.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on July 02, 2014, 18:04
Attack of the triffids!
It's a busy place in there at the moment :D

Took a few more leaves off the toms.
Put another 2 levels  on the cucumber climbing frame.
Watered and fed. :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on July 02, 2014, 20:09
Watered the tomatoes and green leafy things and side shooted.

Removed 2 mushy tomatoes from the black Russian plant, cut away some dodgy looking leaves from the brandy wine. Sowed another couple of iznik cukes as things really aren't looking good.

Actually everything is looking rather off in the bottom greenhouse at the moment, not sure what I've done to cause it might have to "hands off" for a bit and see if things recover.

Slightly better in the top greenhouse, the tomatoes are looking healthy and the fruit are swelling nicely, the peppers I planted at the weekend seem to have settled in and purple french beans are still producing all be it slowly.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on July 03, 2014, 01:17
Put up some shade netting on one side of the house as the thermometer was telling me it was getting to 40+ will net the other side as well if one side proves not to be enough.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on July 03, 2014, 18:53
Cleaned off the nixol from the bottom & middle panels of the bottom GH. It blocks out the light well on a bright day but doesn't doesn't clear at all in the dull and only slightly when wet - Im afraid I give it a big thumbs down.  >:(

Picked 1 ripe sungold but nothing else today as Im trying not to kill anything more ::)

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on July 04, 2014, 21:58
Plot 33 - Moved the strawberry tower outside now that it has finished fruiting for the year. The bush toms were getting out of control behind it! They have now been tidied up, and it's amazing how much bigger it looks!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on August 03, 2014, 19:09
Massive clear out today.  :)

Everyone got a a "short back and sides". I binned the fandango and one Ace 55VF plants, nothing had set on either. I checked the other ace 55VF and every single tomato had blossom end rot  :mad: So that's off the list for next year, the black Russian are on thin ice too.

Took a couple of the sickly looking bell peppers up the top greenhouse and put them in the border where Id removed the dwarf beans from - Potted on my 2 replacement isnik cuckes and put them on the bench as flowers are forming  :)  Picked a few shirley but they've split too I really am struggling with the watering this year.

At least now I can get in there without wrestling with branches  ::) Might clear up the top GH tomorrow if I get 5 minutes.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjpalin on August 03, 2014, 21:44
Realised just how cold it was last night (i'd been chilly indoors, but hadn't realised how cold it was out) 6.6 in one g/h and 8.1 in the second (didn't think to look in the third)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on August 04, 2014, 15:21
Picked loads of toms, a couple more cukes and tied back the aubs which are going mad! There is at least a dozen fruits forming :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on September 13, 2014, 17:13
Now wrestling with spider mite  :mad: So far the bell peppers and jals have succumb and despite my best efforts it looks like the rest of the peppers aren't long of this world.  >:(

I shall feel completely justified letting off a sulphur candle in there at the end of the season or when everything is dead (whichever is soonest) !
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: LilacSandy on September 13, 2014, 19:43
Tomatoes are still looking very green and fresh so I am leaving the leaves on and just taking off the ones under the bottom fruit. 

Cucumbers are about had it so will wait for last couple of fruits and then discard.

Aubergines are wonderful this year and I still have about six fruits ripening.

Melons from last years saved seeds are doing well and I should have several fruits and last year they kept well.

Peppers and chilies are ripening well and I have already had loads of fruit, lots of sweet peppers have gone into the pasta sauce, and lots of chilies are drying.  Last of the Basil will be picked and dried this week.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: New shoot on September 16, 2014, 18:15
That's it - the big seasonal switch over has taken place.

The tomatoes have finished now and there were only a couple of green fruits on the whole lot, so out they came today.  The peppers were almost all red, so they were picked and the plants have gone.  Same with the cuamelons.  The leaves on these were actually yellowing and starting to drop.  Only the chilli and some parsley seedlings left in there now.

The decks are cleared for the final harvests from the plots to dry out - onions, dried beans and squashes will take up residence soon and I'll move the fig back in at the weekend and maybe start a few trays of salad greens  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on September 16, 2014, 18:28
I sowed some cyclamen seeds, some stir fry greens, some winter salads and some spinach beet. :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on September 27, 2014, 19:36
Repotted up some Coriander and some lettuces, found a caterpillar on the basil  :ohmy: admired the red chillis.  What with the Aubs it feels like the Mediterranean in there (well not literally)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on September 28, 2014, 10:20
Clean out day in the bottom greenhouse, it's time to say goodbye to the tomatoes.  :( Special mention this year to 'sweet aperitif' which despite a slow start has produced literally hundreds of very tasty cherry sized, meaty fruit. I've already ordered a new packet of seed for next year  :nowink: I think they will replace my sungold as the safety cherry in case the more exotic fail.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on September 28, 2014, 18:22
Clean out day in the bottom greenhouse, it's time to say goodbye to the tomatoes.  :( Special mention this year to 'sweet aperitif' which despite a slow start has produced literally hundreds of very tasty cherry sized, meaty fruit. I've already ordered a new packet of seed for next year  :nowink: I think they will replace my sungold as the safety cherry in case the more exotic fail.
Ok I heard that, thanks for the tip- just can't get my head around sungold, they taste nice but just look so.... wrong!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Kevin67 on October 26, 2014, 15:55
I presume it was a cat that got in my p/t and  tipped over some tall staging that had newly potted plants in them (yesterday, in fact).

I've spent half a day clearing up the mess - plus making a more secure door!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: spud on October 26, 2014, 19:31
just a casual walk through and pulling any young weeds that appear over night! the garlic has made its first appearance too.

 :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Kevin67 on November 03, 2014, 18:16
I cut back a 3 yo blackcurrant bush and made 9 pots of cuttings with the hope of increasing my stocks.

Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on November 23, 2014, 22:22
We are renewing the raised beds in the PT.  We dug out the soil and discovered that the poles on one side had moved inwards by more than 10 cms. We had to dig down to the base plates, push them back into place and we cemented them in place this time.  I had noticed that the cover looked a bit looser this year but assumed it was just that it had stretched, when we left for home this afternoon it looked much tighter.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri on November 27, 2014, 20:22
Planted a bush Peach Rochester and a seedless grape both supplied impeccably by RV Rogers of Pickering.  Can't recommend them highly enough.  Bought from them before and they are very good nurserymen!!!

Might go for another Peach variety in there too as even though they are supposed to be self fertile I hear that adding other trees will help with fruit setting/pollination.  Is that true?

PT slowly heading in the more fruit than veg direction...
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Kevin67 on November 27, 2014, 20:37
What grape variety did you get, please?
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri on November 27, 2014, 20:56
Lakemont.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Kevin67 on November 27, 2014, 21:33
thank you
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on November 29, 2014, 22:02
Did a final fleecing up and tidying, olive & figs all snuggly, anything that was green got fleeced.  It's a'comin....
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on January 02, 2015, 16:50
Just sown several varieties of chillies.  Got a heated greenhouse now so won't have to use up all the window cills indoors any more...

;-)

Adri
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: marcofez on January 25, 2015, 19:26
Have prepared the polytunnel for a crop of 'Rocket' potatoes, 1st earlies. Planting the tubers the 1st week of Feb for a May harvest. In & out before the summer crops go in.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on January 25, 2015, 19:36
Planted Strawberrys which were in containers last year.  Going to try some in beds some in different sized containers to see which work best...
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on January 27, 2015, 12:56
I know what I need to do in the greenhouse - its just finding the time to do it!!  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Diddy Gardener on January 30, 2015, 14:33
Have bought sulphur candles - 1 for the greenhouse, 1 for the potting shed. Just need the snow to melt to give me an incentive to get out there and get started!!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Kevin67 on January 30, 2015, 15:49
I finally got a thornless blackberry bush and a pinot noir vine! They are soaking as I write and will be potted up tomorrow!

When they are established, I will be offering rooted cuttings here.  ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on February 05, 2015, 12:52
I noticed that the greenhouse window was open, so it must have reached 20C inside  :D

So promptly made a cuppa and went and sat in the warm in there, and read a gardening book  :lol: :lol:

It made me notice how much clearing up I need to do before I start sowing, though  ::)

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on February 08, 2015, 09:53
I'm thinking that the greenhouse is likely to be warmer than my house at the moment,  but I need to clear it of old dead plant material and clean it! ::)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on February 10, 2015, 23:07
Removed last years remains and started to plan !!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Elm street on February 14, 2015, 15:32
Installed the base for the new GH.

(http://i1251.photobucket.com/albums/hh550/silhouette1265/Allotment/829F74C9-B57B-4818-A12C-94B6E52BD5F8_zpsjjnrdzoh.jpg)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on February 23, 2015, 18:19
Moved the parsley and rosemary onto the heated bench, played musical seed trays (heated bench to kitchen window). I'm leaving the peppers out but bringing in the pepino. Moved the radish off the heat as they're going mad but no sigh as yet of the early toms, chard or salad stuff.

Would be nice to get an afternoon out there to clean up properly, I might even move the bench away from the far end as next doors tree is casting a gloomy shadow over it. There's also the small matter of last years tom pots to empty  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on March 06, 2015, 15:41
Installed top opening vent and auto opener to the new greenhouse...should sort out the overheating problems (it's been up to 35C in there recently)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Baldy on March 07, 2015, 13:55
2 hours of planting seeds - lovely jubbly.
Unheated GH was at 30 degrees C today - shorts and t-shirt weather in the garden (Speedos  in the GH ;-) )

Pip pip,
Balders
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 08, 2015, 17:00
So behind already  :(

Started to wash the glass on the bottom GH but was absolutely cream crackered after 1 side  :ohmy: It's just no fun to try and get he algae from between the overlapping glass. Seriously thinking of leaving it for now and slowly working my way around taking a section out at a time, washing it and refitting.  :unsure:

Emptied the last dregs of compost into a 20 cell tray so I could start off some tomatoes, getting more has been on the to do list now for nearly 2 weeks everything is on hold now until I do.

I've still got some rhubarb in flower buckets in there , so chanced it and covered 1 to see if I can force it.

Cleaned a few pots and gravel trays and mused over moving the potting bench again as I'm still not happy with the layout.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 10, 2015, 20:26
Still thinking about cleaning the glass ... but after carrying the compost from the car it was never going to happen. Either those bags are getting heavier or Im getting older.

Moved the chard off the heated bench, noticed some of the early sown tomatoes have just germinated  ::) but that's about all.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: gypsy on March 11, 2015, 12:34
You all seem to be well in front of me, I have not planted anything yet.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Newlygreenfingered on March 12, 2015, 22:57
Big day today for me as a newby to greenhouse growing.

Built a trough and a three level stage, put in string for toms to grow up and made myself a coffe table haha 8)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on March 14, 2015, 17:17
Watered seeds!! :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 15, 2015, 16:21
It's grey, gloomy and rather cold here today but managed to find some time to spend in the greenhouse. Upped the thermostat on bench to 18C hopefully to keep things around 10C overnight.

Most of the tomatoes (15 varieties) have now germinated, I'll start another tray off next week as a backup.
No sign of the sweetpeas so I've resown those.
The peppers and pepinos now have a few true leaves but I think it's still a little cold for them.
Cell trays of paris island cos, garlic chives, chives , spring onions and valmaine sown.
Mushroom tub of Leek Toledo
Divided up the curly parsley it's not looking too well.

Looked for the pot of mint I had outside but everything now just looks like pots of weeds  ::)

Still pondering about moving the bench ... will have to make a decision soon though as things are filling up in there.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on March 15, 2015, 17:59
Watered seeds and started potting up the dahlias
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Elm street on March 15, 2015, 18:05
Fitted the glass to the greenhouse frame I erected a few weeks ago. All ready for the plants now 😄
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mjg000 on March 18, 2015, 18:02
Just taken up 24 potted up tomato seedlings to leave in my plot neighbours greenhouse.  Feeling very ignorant, do I now need to go in every morning to open up the door to stop it getting to hot and then return late in the afternoon to close up to protect from the overnight chills?
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: gypsy on March 18, 2015, 18:43
Planted some International kidney spuds in a corner, hoping for an earlier small crop.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Baldy on March 22, 2015, 17:15
Orca from pass the parcel into pots into the GH - first time growing them, will be interesting to see if I can get anyone to eat them (if I manage to grow 'em of course).
Swift first earlies into used compost bags in the GH - worked quite well last year so trying a few more
Sown some more chillies (maybe a bit late but worth a shot)


Pip pip,
Balders
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on March 22, 2015, 17:26
Potted up Strawbs into co-op flower buckets.  3 to a pot from last years runners.  Popped across the road to get fresh molehill soil to mix with MPC for each pot.

I hope 3 plants per bucket is the right amount...

Planted out some lettuce and pak choi into the PT raised beds...

Flowers coming on new Peach trees!!!!   :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: gypsy on March 23, 2015, 12:50
Potted up Strawbs into co-op flower buckets.  3 to a pot from last years runners.  Popped across the road to get fresh molehill soil to mix with MPC for each pot.

I hope 3 plants per bucket is the right amount...

Planted out some lettuce and pak choi into the PT raised beds...

Flowers coming on new Peach trees!!!!   :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
I put 3 strawberry plants in flower buckets and I think it would have been better with only 2, by the end of the season it was VERY full.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on March 23, 2015, 13:16
Thx Gypsy.  I'll put only 2 in per pot from now on.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on March 24, 2015, 07:51
Sowed Cukes...Passandra and Femspot.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Elm street on March 24, 2015, 10:11
Over the last weekend I put in the bark chipping floor, over weed suppressant. Also fitted the bench and slimline water butt inside and the large water butt outside, both of these are connected together along with the three butts at the side of the shed. That gives me 900Ltrs of water for the irrigation system :)

(http://i1251.photobucket.com/albums/hh550/silhouette1265/Allotment/54AA6BD2-A00C-45B9-BCB2-C277D930713E_zps82ijtspc.jpg)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: gypsy on March 24, 2015, 11:15
Very impressive Elm Street. I wish I could do stuff like that. I had to get rid of my greenhouse as I could not maintain it myself. My fingers are not strong enough to even replace a pane of glass. My kind neighbour who is 85 has built me a poly tunnel.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on March 26, 2015, 17:02
Feeling really meh about the plot this year, maybe just end of term -itis so popped down to plant something, anything....found some Marigold seeds and took a chance on them no Baldy- NO Abba songs here pls) and then... saw that 3 lots of early peas are up, the rocket and lettuce are showing through, hmm feel a stirring..
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 26, 2015, 17:27
Feeling really meh about the plot this year

Feeling much the same here..  Not considered the outside beds at all yet this year.

I spent most of the afternoon mooching around the bottom greenhouse to to drum up some enthusiasm. Potted on the early tomatoes, divided up the chard and gave everything a soak. The chives are up as are a few of the garlic chives, leeks but only 1 paris island cos and 1 high scent sweetpea.

The curly parsley is covered in both white and greenfly but the flat leaf stuff can probably stand a hair cut.  The mint seems to be waking up but will probably need splitting, looks like I've killed yet another rosemary bush though  >:(

Peppers, tomatoes, pepinos and physallis all growing slowly and Im still bringing them into the house at night.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 29, 2015, 19:05
Kicked out the flat leaf and curled parsley and also the mint everything was covered in white fly  :mad: I really don't want to start spraying already.

Im still trying to get the algae from between the glass overlaps. Soap and water just doesn't seems to be shifting it so I've filled the sprayer with jeyes and giving it a good soaking. I'll leave it a few days and repeat.  I still have a sulphur candle from last year, I may empty the plants out tomorrow and set that off too  :unsure:

The dwarf french beans have finally made an appearance, the tray I thought were chives are actually spring onions  ::) and about 3 of the sweet peas have finally germinated  :( I'll try one more sowing from the seeds I bought this year.

The tomatoes were potted on yesterday and the second sowing have just started to germinate.  Looking back at this thread I was sowing cucumbers this time last year  :ohmy:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 01, 2015, 18:37
yeah got 2 cues up and away already from a sowing 3 days ago in the spare room.  Toms and chillis looking ok, but indoors again.  Peas, rocket, lettuce and early herbs looking ok in the cold greenhouse.  I've chanced some marigolds in there as well.  Its getting full-ish and there's a way to go yet  :ohmy:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 03, 2015, 16:08
Marigolds up already in the greenhouse, salads all showing through, aired it out a bit in case there is a damping off problem looming- it's getting so full.  Peas now outside in the shelter.
Sowed more cues and some Sweet Pea current mini-sized tomatoes in the propagator.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 05, 2015, 18:35
Kicked out all but 1 of the rhubarb plants as the 3rd in the garden has made an appearance.  :D
Kicked out the rosemary.
Hardened off some euonymus cuttings.
Potted up some winter jasmine cuttings.
Found a tray of winter panseys Id sown.. oops, might pot some on as they were about to flower.  ::)
Only 2 paris island cos lettuce have germinated and still no chives. Might get more seeds before resowing.

Watered everything - it's getting very warm in there during the day which is drying the compost really quickly.

Knifed a slug  :mad: it ended up as robin food.

Everything is staying out on the bench under the polycarb frame as it's above 10c in there at night. Will look at sowing a couple of cukes and maybe some melons tomorrow.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Elm street on April 06, 2015, 16:22
Dug out the greenhouse borders and filled with new MPC. It was 39c in there today but has been down to 1.5c overnight this weekend!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on April 06, 2015, 20:33
Jet washed the greenhouse inside & out. Still to sow a seed though :ohmy:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on April 06, 2015, 21:53
Sowed more squashes since only 2 Thelma Sanders came up ::)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 06, 2015, 22:15
Sowed more squashes since only 2 Thelma Sanders came up ::)
Nooooo already?  I was thinking next week, but I did get the packets out today..... hmm maybe tomorrow then!

Potted up toms, sowed a few more cues (no.. I'm sure 6 will be plenty  :wacko:) played the greenhouse shuffle.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on April 06, 2015, 22:55
I have a new toy! It does have a door, but it was nearly dark by the time I finished. Yaaaaaay! I had help for the beginning bit, otherwise I think I'd still be there!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on April 06, 2015, 23:10
I have a new toy! It does have a door, but it was nearly dark by the time I finished. Yaaaaaay! I had help for the beginning bit, otherwise I think I'd still be there!
Grats :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 07, 2015, 18:53
I have a new toy!

So where are you putting the next one ... you know that's not going to be enough don't you  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 07, 2015, 18:54
Ooh surbs, well jel.

Moved peas outside to make room for yet more stuff.....
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on April 07, 2015, 20:57
I have a new toy!

So where are you putting the next one ... you know that's not going to be enough don't you  :lol:

On plot 100...just need to sort the bricks/blocks for the base, level the ground and get some extra glass.... ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 07, 2015, 21:33
Pricked out the tomato and cape gooseberry seedlings.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: chillimummy on April 07, 2015, 22:38
More seeds sewn today, flowers and lettuce. Allotment tomorrow to plant earlies and broadbeans.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 11, 2015, 19:11
Potted on the toms which have caught up the early ones  ::)
Potted on the 2 paris island Cos
Sown radish (12 cell tray)
Sown spring onion (12 cell tray)
Sown mushy tub of coriander
Sown 4 La Diva cukes
Planted out the jolly joker winter pansys
Watered everything
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 12, 2015, 18:10
Potted on the toms- honestly don't know how I ended up with that many!  Oh yes now i remember- seed circle  ::)
My La divas cues looking nice but did I really need all 4 to germinate on top of the other 3 varieties?
Pumpkins seeds sown (12 really, really?) all snug inside in the spare room....Can't be bothered with loads of brassicas (I've done some red sprouts and PSB)- but I'm the only one cutting sprouts, chard, kale and PSB currently and I'll regret it next year I know... :(  How long have I got and will they catch up if I wait until after the rush has calmed down?
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on April 12, 2015, 19:01
Potted on shishigatani squash, courgettes and tomatilloes & gave everything else a good water.

Rescued the greenhouse window from the next plot and put it back on the greenhouse... :blush:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on April 12, 2015, 19:23
Potted on the toms- honestly don't know how I ended up with that many!  Oh yes now i remember- seed circle  ::)
My La divas cues looking nice but did I really need all 4 to germinate on top of the other 3 varieties?
Pumpkins seeds sown (12 really, really?) all snug inside in the spare room....Can't be bothered with loads of brassicas (I've done some red sprouts and PSB)- but I'm the only one cutting sprouts, chard, kale and PSB currently and I'll regret it next year I know... :(  How long have I got and will they catch up if I wait until after the rush has calmed down?
of course they will catch up ! NO ONE used to mollycoddle brassicas waste of space in the GH
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 12, 2015, 20:01

of course they will catch up ! NO ONE used to mollycoddle brassicas waste of space in the GH
Ah- hmm but if I left em outside the slugs would be there pronto and I do like to get them in a state whereby they could survive a chomping.... also 2 cabbage whites on the plot today!  Will have a think about a slug proof brassica seedbed
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 20, 2015, 09:42
In a renewed attempt to replace all my dead herbs:
Potted on basil
Sowed Rosemary
Sowed Parsley
Sowed Chives
Potted on the chilli peppers and pinched out the tips on 2 of the jals, not something id normally but thought Id try it this year.
Sowed a cell tray of purple climbing French beans
All the cukes are up, I'll sow some more next week in anticipation of killing this lot  :lol:

Fetched some compost yesterday ready for the tomatoes to go out.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 20, 2015, 11:13
Potted on only the toms, peppers and chillis that I actually need  ::) left the others as plugs for either my next door neighbour or the allotment 'help yourself' table. *gives self pat on back*

Cape gooseberries done as well............

Parsley still to do - when I've drunk my coffee  :D

This year I started the lobelia, petunias and nicotiana sprinkled thinly over mini plug modules in the trays - so I may actually get more - as I won't squash sooo many  :blush:

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 20, 2015, 11:25
Cape gooseberries done as well............

Which ones are you doing MoS ? The big (supermarket sized) ones or the smaller pineapple tasting ones? I've struggled to get a crop off the bigger ones before the frosts set in but started them really early this year as they were on their last warning.  ::)

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 20, 2015, 11:31
er dunno  :wacko: - they were in a seed swap envelope just labelled cape gooseberries  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Baldy on April 20, 2015, 14:55
If that was from the seed circle here MOS then they are the big ones...
Personally had no luck with the smaller type but the one I took seeds from for the circle grew like a triffid and swamped out most everything else in the GH. I managed to overwinter it and have just put the plant out in a sunny spot in the garden.

Pip pip,
Balders
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 20, 2015, 16:33
I fankoo, Baldy  :D

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 21, 2015, 18:13
I managed to overwinter it ..

Where'd you do that ? Both the one I had in the top GH border and the one in the pot in the bottom GH both turned their toes up when we had the quick cold snap.

Things are nearly ready to be potted on, the problem with small pots and this time of year is keeping them wet  >:( So everything got a good soaking and the very dry stuff in now standing in cat litter trays full of water.

Sowed yellow climbing French beans and a cell tray of beetroot, divided the old pot of spearmint up into a few 6" pots and a couple of 3" ones.

Put 4 dwarf French beans out in the top GH border hopefully they'll be more productive than last years. I have a feeling I should swap out the soil up there, but I really wanted to raise the entire thing up on a dwarf wall before I did that.

Need to sow more Rio Grande toms as they're a no show but other than that everything is just ticking along.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Baldy on April 21, 2015, 20:18
Quote
Where'd you do that ?
Honestly this thing was a beast... Just in an unheated GH in a Morrisons flower bucket. Plenty of chicken pellets and water but that was it. Maybe a degree or two warmer down here over the cold months...
I suspect that 'baldy berry' may become renown in the UK if the seed circle scions do similar.  :D
Out in the garden now and its about 3 foot tall and looking healthy.

Today, potted on numerous toms ready for the local hospice sale. Not only feeling good about doing a good deed, but freeing up space too.  ;)

Pip pip,
Balders
 
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Baldy on April 21, 2015, 20:49
Quote
Where'd you do that ?
Honestly this thing was a beast... Just in an unheated GH in a Morrisons flower bucket. Plenty of chicken pellets and water but that was it. Maybe a degree or two warmer down here over the cold months...
I suspect that 'baldy berry' may become renown in the UK if the seed circle scions do similar.  :D
Out in the garden now and its about 3 foot tall and looking healthy.
Edited to add - Sensing disbelief - and having to bring the guinea pig in - I took a piccy:
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QOOfRx7S1Jo/VTaplD2RiEI/AAAAAAAAAZM/5nQyEeDa-1k/s1600/cape.jpg)
Today, potted on numerous toms ready for the local hospice sale. Not only feeling good about doing a good deed, but freeing up space too.  ;)

Pip pip,
Balders
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on April 21, 2015, 21:04
Pricked out the Baldy Berries (that really does sound a bit odd... :nowink:), watered everything and installed a tray of potted squashes. The staging is starting to fill up.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on April 21, 2015, 21:13
Staging full here.  Thinking about suspended scaffold planks to take strawberrys off the staging where the slugs won't be able to get at em....

thereby freeing up lots of staging for more stuff...

It'll be a good season!!!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on April 21, 2015, 22:35
I managed to overwinter it ..

Where'd you do that ? Both the one I had in the top GH border and the one in the pot in the bottom GH both turned their toes up when we had the quick cold snap.

I can beat that. :D
I left my cape gooseberries from summer 2013 out over winter 2013-14 and they fruited outside the following summer when I forgot to dispose of them :wub: :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 22, 2015, 08:08
I left my cape gooseberries from summer 2013 out over winter 2013-14 and they fruited outside the following summer when I forgot to dispose of them :wub: :D

Ok so what you're all saying is I just add them to the long list of indestructible plants I can kill by simply looking at them>  ::)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 22, 2015, 09:00
Er, no..................... I think local weather might, just, have something to do with it  ;)

 :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Bacchus on April 22, 2015, 13:14
Just read the post a few above this about creating a high up platform.  I've attached a couple of pics of one I made for the polytunnel.  It's useful and you can slide it across to keep from bumping your head.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 25, 2015, 09:28
Potted up another "give away" tray of tomatoes and physallis plants. I'm using up some cheap cell trays putting 1 plant of each variety in and then printing out a key so people know what's what.  :) Saves giving away my matching pots and writing out lots of labels.  ;)

Opening up the bottom GH this morning I noticed a few flower buds on the Black Russian and sub arctic plenty tomatoes.   :) I really should pot those on into their 10" pots. First flower buds are also appearing on the Jal I didn't pinch out and the pepnio plants seem to be going really well this year  :ohmy: Fingers crossed for more than 1 unripe fruit.

I've still done nothing with the top greenhouse though.

It's fast approaching 'C' day again this year, but there's a lot less heading off to the compost heap this time.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Elm street on April 25, 2015, 12:03
Put the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers into the greenhouse border and set up the watering system.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 25, 2015, 12:46
I hope it's a heated greenhouse, with the forecasts for this week  :ohmy:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on April 25, 2015, 12:48
Just read the post a few above this about creating a high up platform.  I've attached a couple of pics of one I made for the polytunnel.  It's useful and you can slide it across to keep from bumping your head.

That looks good - very useful, I should think  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 25, 2015, 17:24
Just took a look in to water and to work out how to juggle what I've got and bring some back into the spare room for the next few days without the family noticing....
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 27, 2015, 21:32
Despite being really cold overnight the temperature was well into the 30s when I managed to open everything up this morning.  :wacko:

A few of the purple French beans are up, no sign of the yellow though. Just 2 out of 12 sweatpeas  have germinated :mad: Im not sure if it's a bit late for a 3rd sowing?  Plenty of flowers on the tomatoes now so they'll go into their final pots after the cold spell.  Cukes are on their first true leaves, everything is just ticking over.  I should really think about sowing some crops for the beds outside.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 02, 2015, 14:49
Tomatoes out in their big pots and 2 bags of compost gone  :) I'll hold off direct planting in the top gh for a while until the weather sorts itself out.

Very poor germination from things this year, looks like I'll need to resow both types of french bean as I've only got 2 plants from 24 seed even the beetroot will need to be done again.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on May 02, 2015, 17:42
Swore loudly at a cloud of white fly  :mad: no idea where they came from its a cold house that's been open all winter,much to the delight of next doors (fleabag) cat I find . was prepping to plant toms now I will candle it  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on May 02, 2015, 19:20
Potted up some toms- I seem to have loads- you know when they say sow two seeds and discard the weakest?  am I the only one who can't bear to throw out a perfectly good plant  ::)....

Squashes & courgettes all in the greenhouse now, with the few that didn't work having another go in the spare room.  Surprised that all the borlottis 'hatched' outside; thought it was too cold and I'd lost them- 100% but s/corn only about 70%.  Peas Moved to 'almost' outside and brassicas & salads & marigolds now hardening off.
Cues still indoors for a few more days, although forecasting over 10 for the next few nights so soon and very soon.... 
Chillis hanging in there but not growing much, will pot on as soon as I can find some room somewhere...
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on May 03, 2015, 14:20
Very poor germination from things this year, looks like I'll need to resow both types of french bean as I've only got 2 plants from 24 seed even the beetroot will need to be done again.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's suffering from seriously poor germination this year :(
I've hardly grown anything it seems  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on May 09, 2015, 19:48
I've changed up my compost and got another bag of jacks magic to re sow- that Waitrose stuff was well rubbish.
Potted up loads of psb and sprouts, sowed a load more brassicas (Kales), herbs, did another guttering of lettuce.
Re sowed a lot of the squashes, Only 10 made it through  :wacko: 
Moved the cool stuff outside high up to avoid slugs whilst it hardens off.  Worried about the sweetcorn, half was ok but the rest is still in the rubbish compost.  May have to intervene tomorrow if nothing shows.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Elm street on May 10, 2015, 14:01
Chillies planted out into the border in bottomless pots  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 10, 2015, 14:59
Potted on cukes, physallis and some shop bought herbs  :blush: .  No sign of the Yellow french beans, think I better do a germination test on those.  Found a snail which had munched a goodly amount of my basil  :mad: Tomatoes in flower so I really should start to side shoot them and sort out some gravel trays for the pots to stand in.

Moved a few more bits out to harden off.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on May 10, 2015, 22:14
Potted on all the tomatoes, sowed some of the beans- dwarf green & yellow, borlotti, yin yang(1st time), climbing purple & yellow.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 14, 2015, 08:34
Still no French beans  :mad:

Bottom GH

Watered everything Im beginning to remember how annoying that is. Searched high and low for as many gravel trays as I could find to put under the tomato pots most have seen better days. As a quick fix I've ordered some washing up bowls from trashco to make up the numbers.

Cukes are a little lethargic this year as are the peppers but the physallis and pepino are putting on good growth. Tomatoes have been in flower for a while and the Black Russian have sprouted mega flowers again, not sure if that's a variety thing? The early sown glacier and sub-Arctic don't seem to be any more advanced, so again - someone please remind me not to bother next year.

Top GH

Dusty dry borders so everything got a good soaking, wish I hadn't put the GH up level so I could use a water butt - must put that on the list of things to fix. The borders are covered in newly germinated tomatoes from last years dis guarded fruit :blush: but the planted toms are looking a little yellow. Good growth on the dwarf beans and they have started to flower.

I think it's time to be looking at tomato feed.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on May 15, 2015, 00:47
Planted up newly delivered tomato plants - 'Corazon', 'Fenda' and 'Yellow Pear'.

Just waiting for the grafted cukes now ;) :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on May 15, 2015, 18:58
Sowed all the courgettes,cucumbers,runner beans & sweetcorn
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on May 16, 2015, 13:29
I have a family party this afternoon so I can't get to the plot today.  Instead I have just sowen swedes, calabrese, Cauliflower, leeks, peas and corn in modules in the greenhouse.  Will have to move some of the stuff from the greenhouse up to the PT on the plot tomorrow - I have run out of room!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 23, 2015, 15:36
Busy week and I'd left the GH alone - it's not been happy about it  :ohmy:

Bottom GH
Moved out the polycarb cold frame as the plants had reached the roof so I couldn't shut it anyway.
Potted up the cukes, they're in smaller pots this year and I'll keep them on the bench, with gravel trays under.
Put all the toms into their final positions
Side-shooted all the toms. Where on earth did they all come from ?  :ohmy:
Potted all the basil in the troughs.
Potted up the peppers and toms I had from Suttons.
Gave everything a good soaking.

Top GH
We have tomatoes  :D
Watered and fed as things are looking very sticky.

Not sure what to put in the space I have up there at the moment.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on May 25, 2015, 17:41
Emergency re-pot and move around of neglected plants.  All my back up pumpkins came through at the same time as the original sowing I'd given up on.......I dare not count  :nowink:
 I do hope I get a chance to get things planted out this week- it's getting crucial!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on May 25, 2015, 18:47
Had another tidy up, washed all the tomato pots & trays :wacko:, yes I know I should have done them last year but I was doing something else :lol:, also various other pots too,but not the ones down the side of the house. Then I took lots of the rapidly growing beans down there to try & slow them down until I can harden them off & plant out.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Annen on May 25, 2015, 20:29
Pricked out 93 godetia seedlings from one small seed tray.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snow white on May 25, 2015, 20:40
I replaced an old plastic covered door with a new lighter mesh covered door for summer.  I put compost on all the beds and planted my toms.  Finally.  Just a new cover to go on and we are on fire. :tongue2:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on May 26, 2015, 19:56
Stripped it all down for summer- put out the things that need to be out, planted the hardened off stuff, removed the inner plastic cover from the 4 tier, and removed the plastic corrugated doors, which leaves an open ended sheltered lean to for the chillis and toms.  It was 40 degrees in there today!  Forecast is 10-12 overnights for the next 2 weeks, but I might throw fleece over if I think it really needs it.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: chillimummy on May 26, 2015, 20:26
Greenhouse put up finally at the weekend so can join this thread  :)
Dug out one side of it and laid out weed fabric and covered with stones, paved down the middle.
Potted into final places, my 5 cucumber plants and first 3 biggest tomato plants into bottomless flower buckets on grow bags. Watered well and fed them. Butternut squash, pumpkins and courgettes there until ready to plant.
After work tomorrow, will dig out the other side, put weed fabric and stones down and start on next grow bags. Have 14 more toms to pot as didn't expect them all to grow.  ;)     
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: marcofez on May 27, 2015, 21:50
Planted out 15 tomato plants and broke down one of my staging down to make more room for peper plants that need to be planted.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on May 27, 2015, 22:09
Planted 16 tomatoes into their final pots,even remembered to put up the strings at the same time,so no getting out of hand, plus this year I used a waterproof pen to label each & everyone & this year the staging didn't collapse sending labels one way & plants the other :lol:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: devonbarmygardener on May 31, 2015, 10:19
Friday 29th
Planted up the grafted cukes that came today.
The greenhouse is now officially full! :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: chillimummy on June 04, 2015, 21:23
Put my tumbling toms into two hanging baskets. Left in greenhouse for now until decide where am going to hang them. Put them outside last year and had small crop but this year I have a greenhouse :)
Sowed my free herb seed, oregano, dill and parsley.
Sowed few more spaghetti squash as others not germinated though ? too late. Plenty of spare seed though.
Sowed some khol rabi and PSB in pots.
Putting rest of my tomatoes in their pots tomorrow. 
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: LandShark on June 06, 2015, 20:59
Cleared out the greenhouse and took out the staging to make way for tomatoes. 12 plants so far with another 6 still in the house. Growing a variety this year. Shirley, Aisla Craig, Gardeners Delight, Sungold, Octavia and maybe a few more when I go to the garden centre. The cucumbers are still in the house but I'm probably putting them in the polytunnel when I get that recovered!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on June 06, 2015, 21:08
Spent what felt like ages taking sideshoots off the tomatoes. The plants are about a foot tall now and (I think) growing quite quickly. Am hoping I am getting the watering right, this is the first year of greenhouse growing.

Still got far far too many plants in pots in the greenhouse and I hope I can get them out and into the ground soon.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Scottish Mike on June 08, 2015, 10:07
We built our greenhouse yesterday (finally - only took 4 months!). The instructions were terrible - so badly put together, missing out important points and very few diagrams. But we got there; it's glazed, just need to fix it down.

We dumped 1 dahlia into it last night so there was something in it, but today I need to get my staging up, get my toms and peppers in, then start tidying the garden.

Very happy though. It took so long to get built I still can't believe it's actually up.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on June 08, 2015, 20:51
Took out all the staging and planted 4 more tomatoes in the ground. I've ordered some wide shelf brackets so I can keep the chillies indoors in pots and am having a think about how/whether to put a hanging basket in the rafters. I can see it won't be long till I have to cut my way in.

I am quite pleased to report I am on top of the sideshooting...and there are lots of flowers appearing on the tommie plants.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 09, 2015, 19:28
Binned the 2 pots of basil they were very sick and covered in greenfly and gave all the green stuff which had run to seed to the chickens. Watered everything, even with the gravel trays under the pots things are drying out very quickly this year.

Im still considering removing the bench, it's handy and the heated cable is useful in the spring but it's taking up a lot of room  :unsure:  I'll have to make a decision quickly though as the cukes are starting to climb... So far behind again.  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Sparkyrog on June 09, 2015, 19:51
prepared bed in PT for sweet potatoes tomorrow can wait no longer !
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: chillimummy on June 10, 2015, 23:04
Dug out other half of my greenhouse, put down weed fabric and stones ready for potting the rest of my tomatoes tomorrow.
Half of sweetcorn potted as chitted really well. Shoots are enormous. Pot rest tomorrow as whole packet germinated unexpectedly  ;)
PSB showing shoots now too. Parsnips chitted and couple of them showing tiny sprouts.
Biggest tomato plants plants have few small tomatoes. Don't know which they are as were given.     
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 11, 2015, 15:36
Opened the door to a wall of heat  :ohmy: Netting or nixol time I think.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 13, 2015, 19:33
Dismantled the bench - it feels huge in there again now  :D

Cukes are on the floor which should give them another 2 ft to scramble up. Sideshooted - and potted some up.
The basil has something nasty, almost looks like weedkiller damage  :wacko: 
Pepinos are in flower so hopefully ripe fruit this year.
Nothing worthwhile from the comfrey press as yet so it looks like I might have to buy commercial tomato feed.  >:(

Given my continual problems with growing in the open Im tempted to lift the chippings and create beds in there for next season.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 16, 2015, 19:44
Picked and ate my first ripe tomato....YUM!!!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: chillimummy on June 16, 2015, 23:09
Potted all the rest of my tomatoes.
Sowed rest of chitted sweetcorn.
Plenty of little tomatoes on my plants and lots of flowers on tomatoes and cucumbers.
All of my free herbs are sprouting, aswell as PSB.
Greenhouse been up a few weeks but full already  :D 
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Annen on June 16, 2015, 23:23
Two tomatoes turning red, Yey! :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 17, 2015, 09:55
I'm miles away from ripe tomatoes - even from the plants I started in Feb  :mad:

I've put out the peppers in the top GH, fed and watered everything.  Lots of tomatoes with unset flowers, Im guessing that's the heat causing a pollen problem.
Cukes are beginning to look a little ropey, will have to keep an eye on them.
The basil is terrible - might kick that out into the open air to see if it will perk up.
Plenty of flowers on the pepino plants  :)

With everything back against the glass I have a 4ft gap in the middle which feels a complete waste of space  :nowink: I really do need to get a grip on how best to use the space in there.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on June 18, 2015, 21:21
Gradually clearing out leftovers and am down to the cues (blasted 'la diva', well-named fussy little madam) and the Konsa's are out already on the plot with shelter and shading today.
Loads of tom plants, some set- me; the girl that can't grow toms.  Until I discovered cherry tomatoes- I've for pea sized ones, 100 and 1000s and gartenperle.  Chancing my luck on the seed circle ones as well- fingers crossed there.

Chillis looking ok, basil perked up (the lidl re-pots not the seedlings- they didn't come to anything; cold spring).  Brassicas all out.
Starting second sowings of peas and beans inside as the mices can't get at them.  Now I've having my first good pea harvest this year I'm a convert to raw peas  8) and I've never liked them cooked so hadn't bothered to grow them before!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 23, 2015, 12:32
I spy with my little eye something beginning with C...

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Gryphon on June 23, 2015, 16:00
I released 2000 Phytoseiulus persimilis mites onto my dwarf nectarine tree to see if they will help in controlling the spider mite problem. Insecticides and other methods have failed me so far.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on June 26, 2015, 07:17
About to clear out the strawbarries to replace with loads of different lettuce.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on June 26, 2015, 07:50
Thoroughly watered everything in sight. The 100s&1000s toms are growing really well, as are most of the others, but the smell of all the tomato flowers has me in a sneezing fit each time I go in the greenhouse. Most of the plants are now have about 3 trusses each. Some of them have forked, so aren't as tall.

Some of the plants were only supposed to be inside till the weather cheered up - I've kicked out the rhubarb (grown from the pass the parcel seeds) and also a very large kiwano which was attaching itself to anything it could find. The watermelons and kajari melons still have to go out, but there is currently no spare space for them...
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Elm street on June 28, 2015, 10:15
Planted two cucumber plants, from the nursery down the road, after the original ones I grew from seed failed!
Planted two Avalon melons, hope they do well  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Eblana on June 29, 2015, 21:34
Finally got 18 Tom plants into the ground in the PT.  Hoping to get back up again tomorrow to get the rest of the toms and the Cucks in the ground.  I am really behind this year.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on June 29, 2015, 22:34
I finally got the last 8 toms tied up & 6 cucumbers planted after Mr S kindly unfastened the bench & I removed it. This must be the first year I have got them all in & tied in in a timely manner. Just got to tie the cucumbers in, I built a frame of canes for them last year so I need to look the canes out. It was very hot in there & it was gone 6:30
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on July 02, 2015, 14:40
Watered  ::)

Lost the fight with the aphids and I've had to cut the peppers back and spray with a commercial product  :mad: Cukes are yellowing both fruit and leaves. I gave me some epsom salts a few days ago if they don't pick up I'm not keeping them limping along this year.

Tied the tomatoes up and side shooted. Lots growth but not many trusses this year and those that are there seem very short (4-6 fruit on the cherrys) . 1 tomato turning red on the sub-Arctic plenty 5 months to the day since they were sown  - 50-60 days my foot !

I now have 3 pepino fruit  :D Im managing to keep the aphids down on them by hand squishing for the time being, perhaps I will get a ripe one this year  :unsure:

Bit fed up with the bottom GH again.  :(

Up in the top GH I planted out some of the side shoots Id struck for emergencies and removed the comfrey pipe to give a little more space. The barrel outside has given a little over 2.4 gallons so far :ohmy: so the pipe was rather redundant.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: New shoot on July 03, 2015, 07:42
I finally took down the Kent Blue and Golden Podded mangetout plants yesterday and picked off all the dried pea pods for my seed supply next year.

On the way to work, I had stopped at been and queued for compost and found a couple of plum tomato plants languishing on the reduced trolley.  Amongst the tragic and down right motley collection, these 2 were pretty much OK.  Watered them at work, then planted them up when I got home.  You could almost hear them sigh with relief to get out of their small pots and into a bucket of good moist compost  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on July 03, 2015, 09:01
I have whitefly. They are steadfastly ignoring the yellow sticky cards I have left hanging for them...

Everything else is still merrily growing away, but I am regretting drenching some of the plants in comfrey water. Greenhouse stinks.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on July 07, 2015, 16:32
Bottom GH

Im really struggling with aphids and white fly. I've had to put the peppers outside to knock the infestation back a bit.  Cukes are still looking very yellow despite epsom salts and a feeding, they're on 7 days notice I've already sown a few more to replace them.
Couple of the toms have reached the roof, as it's still early Im pinching those out and running low side shoots and a second cordon.
Pepinos are yellow a little too but largely on old leaves, none of the other flowers have set though  :(
Physallis plants are just getting on with life, plenty of flowers but so far there doesn't look to be any fruit.
The tray of crimson crush I started from side shoots all seem to have rooted - Im tempted to plant them outside where the garlic was as I can't use the bed for anything else.  :unsure:

Top GH
Watered, weeded out the chickweed and self set tomatoes. Tied up the plants I put out last week - wish Id have labelled them  ::)  The peppers up there are doing much better than the bottom GH but are still a little on the yellow side.

I was going to pull up the dwarf french beans until I realised there was nothing to replace them with yet.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: chillimummy on July 10, 2015, 16:56
First year with a greenhouse and it's packed full  :lol:
Fellow plot holder asked if I needed any tomatoes?
Really don't but he was going to throw them away!
Popped them into slightly bigger pots but today put them into their final big pots but they have to go outside the greenhouse.
Have 7 of them and they look really healthy. Glad I took them  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on July 14, 2015, 14:43
Bottom GH.
Picked a few toms and a cuke. The first crimson crush is starting to turn colour too  :)
I fed them at the weekend with comfrey and it looks like someone has been in there with weedkiller again  :( so I gave them more epsom salts. I did put some in the comfrey but it hasn't seem to help.

Top GH.
Put out a few more of the side shoots but it's getting a little late now.
Removed the dwarf french beans - Not doing that again next year, and this time I mean it !
Watered and fed with the same comfrey as the bottom GH, but it doesn't seem to do any harm up here? The only difference I can see is the bottom GH is compost in pots and the top GH is border soil.  :unsure:  :wacko: Too rich?


Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on July 14, 2015, 15:06
Sideshooted the tomatoes and removed some more of the lower leaves from some of the plants to get some light to the fruit as well as the peppers and aubergines. Tried my hand at pollinating some of the lipstick pepper flowers I've isolated, but they are at the back and the tomato plants are hard to get around without being absolutely covered in pollen, which makes me sneeze.

Picked 2 Tsygansky Baron peppers - lots more to come. They are a nice snack size, about 4-5 inches long, pointy and black rather than green.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on July 14, 2015, 15:08
Quote
fed them at the weekend with comfrey and it looks like someone has been in there with weedkiller again  :(
Lardy is the bottom greenhouse in an area that traps any cold at night  :unsure: (a frost pocket in winter)
so that they're getting extreme changes in temperature between day and night?

The 2 toms at the end of the plastic greenhouse (which has a permanently open window, unlike the glasshouse) are both curly now after a couple of cold nights/hot day combos. None of the other toms are curly.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on July 14, 2015, 17:08
Lardy is the bottom greenhouse in an area that traps any cold at night  :unsure: (a frost pocket in winter)
so that they're getting extreme changes in temperature between day and night?

I've not reset the min/max for a while but it's not in a frost pocket, but does get a big temperature swing.

I think you may have bee right with the Mg problem as things have picked up since yesterday's foliar feed. Here's a quick picture though - those leaves will now wither and die. I've cut right back on the mix down to just 30ml in 6ltr which barely turns the water brown.  :wacko: The leaf was curled but no marks before I fed.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on August 20, 2015, 13:33
First signs of botrytis this week and after the war with the spidermite which I still can't get on top of, I'm calling it a day in the bottom greenhouse.   Maybe next year I'll keep ahead of the pests  :wub:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on August 20, 2015, 17:23
I binned a tomato plant cos it had leaves that were a bit suss, and now the next one to it has some dry grey/brown stalks but is still laden with toms, so I'm keeping a beady eye on it. I might try some lemon juice on it tomorrow as Medwyn says
http://www.medwynsofanglesey.co.uk/articles/285/overcoming_botrytis_in_tomatoes

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: surbie100 on August 20, 2015, 19:47
My greenhouse is sodden in the mornings - one of the negatives of plastic vs glass perhaps. I don't think the grey mould is far off for me either.   :wacko:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: willow173 on August 20, 2015, 20:08
Hellox
newbie here :D I bought my first greenhouse this year

I harvested my last peppers today for my guinea pigs - it is my first ever successful pepper growing year as normally something gets them!

Im going to move the Greenhouse tomorrow (its plastic) as its in my way where it is, then I can sew yet more salads  :D
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on December 23, 2015, 16:19
Applied well rotted manure to the beds and bought 4 bags of Verve compost from B&Q.  125 litre bags.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on February 23, 2016, 13:49
Clean out time in the bottom greenhouse. Removed the leftovers from last year, binned the over wintered peppers and herbs which had died then watered and fed what was still alive.  I feels very damp and cold in there still this year.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: New shoot on February 24, 2016, 08:51
It was yesterday, but the mini plastic greenhouse inside my unheated glass greenhouse has an additional crop to protect.  It now boasts a bucket of water and pond weed with a large clump of frog spawn.  Daft frogs  ::)  I spotted it yesterday and rescued it before the frosty nights killed off all the eggs  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on February 24, 2016, 08:56
Well done - there was a really hard frost overnight Brrrr
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on February 28, 2016, 14:05
Sowed Tomatos Red Alert and St Pierre.

And some scallions.

I know it's early for the Toms but I have access to a heated greenhouse for frost protection...
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 09, 2016, 16:44
I've had 3 attempts to clean the bottom GH and it's all still covered in algae  :mad:  I just sprayed everything with jeyes and left it now. Im a bit too chicken to try the pressure washer but I'm seriously considering one of those water fed scrubbing brush things you see them cleaning windows with.

Still no sign of my sweet-peas or the broad beans it's probably been long enough to worry. I presoaked the peas and chitted the beans (old seeds) so I know they were alive. They were in the last of the been and queued compost though.
100% germination from the radish using bulrush multi in cells, which is nice.
2 padron peppers have also made a show in the heated propagator. They'll go very leggy if the light levels don't improve.

I'm trying to grow less stuff but better this year, and it would be nice to get some salad stuff sorted.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Trikidiki on March 09, 2016, 18:44
I've used the pressure washer before. Set it to the widest fan you can and start from a fair distance away and gradually move in closer until the grime starts to shift. The algae doesn't take a lot of pressure to knock it off.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 04, 2016, 14:08
Busy weekend ... I've been feeling left behind with all my seeds sat in their packets. The good weather has tempted me into the bottom GH.

Into modules :

Spring onion - Lilia, White Lisbon, Ishikura and Ramrod.
Swiss Chard - Bright lights.
Sweetpea - Early multifloral, heaven scent.
Tomato - Rio Grande, Shirley, Sungold, Black Cherry, Sweet aperitif.
Nasturtium - Princess of India
Marigold - Sparky mix, French
Aubrieta - Royal Red
Cucumber - Marketmore 76 . Early Burpless
Dwarf French Bean - Purple Queen
Beetroot - Bolthardy Detroit Dark Red
Echium - Pininana
Lettuce - Valamiane, Mesclun Mix, Paris Island Cos, Misticanza

Herbs and more flowery things still to sow, but I've misplaced one of my seed boxes  ::)

Potted on some mock orange cuttings which had rooted. I had left them in a family pot outside a couple of years back and I thought they were all dead. I tipped them out to reuse the pot but peeling back the moss and removing the ash / sycamores they're still alive  :D 

At the end of last year I put some garlic in pots and I've kept them in the GH since, I noticed rather a lot of flies around them today, I really hope they're not allium leaf miners :mad:

Carrots in the recycling box are up.

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Trikidiki on April 04, 2016, 15:58
Would that be the Queen's "Beetroot Bolthardy".

Sorry couldn't resist it. ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 04, 2016, 16:17
Would that be the Queen's "Beetroot Bolthardy".

Nah them's all mine  :tongue2:  ::)  Having checked the seed packet now they were actually Detroit dark red.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: pigguns on April 17, 2016, 15:19

I'm trying to grow less stuff but better this year, and it would be nice to get some salad stuff sorted.
Me too- less types and no risky or weird stuff (apart from red heritage corn).  I'm getting boring.
It's feeling really strange playing it slow this year, first set of brassicas all looking ok (found a couple of baby slugs under a pot- keep an eye out!) Detriot dark red coming along, and some early chioggia too.  A few bits and pieces- peas second sowing, salad and just started the cues indoors.  Toms may need redoing after the frost and they got left out in the unheated greenhouse.  Did some early runners today and a courgette or two, got set up  for sowing the pumpkins and corn later this week.  Spuds, garlic, PSB and peas all going well down t'plot.  Nights are due to be cold next week- 4-5 degrees with northerlies. so maybe I'll hold off longer.
I'm not running to keep up this year.  It's weird.  I hope I don't regret it later.....
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: suzy g on April 20, 2016, 09:01
Well I bought on of those flimsy walk in greenhouses to keep my seedling £15.99 from poundstretchers I am very pleased I know it wont last, but great for now as I am very new to this, I planted some purple beans a aubergine some strawberries a cucumber and chillies these are plants, I will plant some of my seeds later   :nowink:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: adri123 on May 01, 2016, 20:49
Finally thought it was OK to pot up the Red Alert tomatoes into the PT.

Please, please, please lets have some decent growing weather from now....
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 05, 2016, 12:41
Fought my way into the bottom greenhouse.  It's not good.  :(

It's been a while since I've had a chance to get in there and things have been rather neglected. Most of the green leafy has run to seed and the cell trays look dry and crispy. I've soaked most of it hopefully some of the toms and peppers will be ok the jury is out on the rest of it.

Im a little stuck for pots with all of my 5ltr ones being used for the grafted apples so anything that perks up will be going into 15ltr which feels such a waste.  I might see if I can get to the top GH this afternoon, hopefully that will just need the borders turning over.  :nowink:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on June 09, 2016, 19:44
Potted up the toms, I've managed to save enough to make it worth while even if they'll be a little late this year. Shirley, black cherry, rio grande and sweet aperitif and a sickly sungold. The chilli's aren't looking so good though and the lollipop labels didn't do to well left soaking  ::)

To my surprise both the early burpless and the marketmore cukes picked up after sitting in water for a few days  :) the la diva didn't fair so well - i've resown.

All the herbs are toast as is most of the lettuce but it could have been worse.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on June 09, 2016, 20:05
At least somethings were saved, which was a miracle by the sound of things   ::)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on September 13, 2016, 11:19
Clean out time.  It's been a bit of a rubbish year and things have reached a natural end.

Too many cukes this year and the 2 new varieties I grew both repeated badly  :(  the chickens liked them though.

I fed the tomatoes some comfrey early on and they really didn't like it, Im not sure if I mixed it too strong or if it's contaminated with something (note to self to buy a commercial food next year). They limped along and produced a dozen or so fruit each, ok for a shirley not impressive for a sungold.

The chilli's have yet to produce, it's getting a bit late so I'll look at overwintering them and the pepino are again nothing more than spider mite food.

No sign of blight or botrytis this year - Im not sure if that's just luck, the increased plant spacing or the fact I soaked cleaned everything with jeyes in the winter.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: chillimummy on September 13, 2016, 13:06
Chopped off anything that looked like blight from my tomatoes and hoping for the best as lots of green tomatoes left to ripen. More cucumbers growing after I thought they were all done  :)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on January 11, 2017, 12:26
I've been out today and fleeced over all the overwintering seedlings and cuttings and wrapped up the 2 Oleanders, in the big greenhouse, ready for the cold that's on the cards for the next couple of weeks.

http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=news;storyid=7892;sess=
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on February 04, 2017, 08:37
Took a quick look around the bottom greenhouse yesterday. It's a bit of a mess  :blush: 

Moss and algae all over the place, the overwintered peppers are dead and furry, the physallis has dropped its fruit and we wont say anything about the things in 3" pots which never made it into the garden last year  ::)

It really needs a good clean and a then a spray with jeyes, on the list as is finding the salad seeds.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on February 04, 2017, 09:35
Much the same in my Norfolk greenhouse *blush*

I made a start on the small glasshouse the other day, but the glass obviously needs cleaning on all 3. We're in for another cold spell, so the outsides will have to wait!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lulu on February 05, 2017, 14:32
My greenhouse is very green, thought it was to do with overgrown trees etc. These have been hacked back.  My dahlia tubers that were in the green house went mouldy too.  I was thinking of burning one of those candle that gets rids of some pests but can't remember what it's called - was it sulphur?? I will also clean it when it gets warmer.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on February 05, 2017, 17:51
Yes my greenhouse needs a jolly good clean inside & out too. I went in today to access the dustbin of compost to fill some trays & pots, but I brought those into the kitchen, watered them with hot water to warm the compost before sowing onions- 3 varieties, aubergines-2 varieties, chilli's-2 varieties, alpine strawberries & some lemon grass. They are now in the propagator in the conservatory, no heat to either
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: compostqueen on February 05, 2017, 18:59
I was clearing out last year's dead crops.  Very enjoyable session.  Out with the old .....  :D  I picked some goodly chillies  :tongue2:
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Paul Plots on February 05, 2017, 22:57
I did something in the greenhouse today - I covered the over-wintering plants with fleece and shut the door.

Yesterday, in the free-standing greenhouse, I put 90 shallots in modular cells and left them on a shelf hoping to give them an earlier start as I often do... keeps me happy thinking they'll soon develop roots and begin to shoot.  :)  here's hoping.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: LandShark on February 11, 2017, 18:53
Progress, that's what!
My polytunnel cover blew off during the festive period bad weather, so we've taken the opportunity to move it ! Yesterday we dug it out and turned it 90 degrees and today the OH started building a wooden frame for it to sit on ( he's been watching youtube videos). He's cemented in posts and attached a frame so it's raising the height by about 12" should hopefully complete it tomorrow. The cover should go back on next week so fingers crossed I can start planting!!
I miss my tunnel and my neighbours have just put up a new one!!
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: stompy on February 13, 2017, 13:27
I inherited 2 green houses 6ft x 8ft and another 5ft x 6ft.
I have removed some of the glass and replaced some of the clips as they have rusted.
I also move the staging to the sunny side and put my potatoes in trays to chit under a tripple layer of fleece.
Will be sowny my caullies and calabrese in modules this week.

Andy
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: LandShark on February 27, 2017, 22:08
Yesterday we managed to get the polytunnel cover back on and secured to it's new wooden base just before the high winds tried to take it back off! There's a few tears in the plastic but I'll fix them with tape for this season. The door frame is in position I just need to make a door but I've still to dig drainage channels, lay 50m drainage pipe and fill it with gravel (the area it stands in gets very waterlogged) which I hope to get done this coming week.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: compostqueen on February 08, 2018, 20:41
Been in my greenhouses clearing out last yearís clutter and emptying compost out onto the  garden but mainly making space for the repairman to repair damage caused by a flying plastic chair 🙈😫🙄

All done and ready for the coming growing season. So, carry on cleaning continues. Itís my fave garden job, apart from compost stirring of course 😃
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on February 08, 2018, 21:13
The cover has been on for a few days now and already the temps are slightly higher inside than out, even without the doors fitted. The soil is drying nicely too, so all being well I'll be able to mark out the beds and paths tomorrow, put up the staging and if my arm injured arm is up to it start rough digging the beds to help the drying process.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 25, 2018, 09:15
Oh dear it's that time of year again when I look in the GH's and wish someone would come and clean them out for me  :nowink:

I've put a few of the newly grafted trees in there as bad weather is forecast, binned the tatsoi ? which was flowering  :ohmy: and noticed there were a few self set physalis seedlings growing in the gravel path, might as well transplant those  :)

The air layered blueberry has woken up as have both the airlayered and rooted the figs, but attempt number 17 to graft the plums from the top of the garden onto a dwarf rootstock looks to be deader than a dead thing in a deadery  :mad:

The plan is to dig out the borders in the bottom GH this year as I've not done very well in pots and grab some living salads from the supermarket to get a jump on the season. And I'll have to confess to buying seeds yesterday  ::)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 09, 2018, 17:57
There's still time if someone wants to come and clean the greenhouses for me ?   :nowink:

I've managed to get the border made in the bottom GH - I've gone with just one side at the moment, if it works out I'll go around in a U shape as I have in the top GH.  There's a nasty hard pan where the gravel has compacted things down so much so I couldn't get a fork or spade in (even standing on them  :ohmy: ) and there's no way Im swinging the mattock in there.

I've added 6" of spent compost and chicken poo for the time being to see if that softens it, as my only other option is a twisty, prongy, thing the old man bought and I consigned to the "it's not a real tool" side of the shed.

Sprinkled a few leeks in a mushy tub and although I said never again, the shop bought castano garlic I pushed into the old tomato pots looks to be doing well so that needs to be dealt with or at least fed. 

The top GH doesn't look too bad, just a few salads run to seed. I'll push the hoe over it, give it a good soaking and put in some carrots and a few french beans I think.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Mr Dog on April 10, 2018, 16:17
There's still time if someone wants to come and clean the greenhouses for me ?   :nowink:

I've managed to get the border made in the bottom GH - I've gone with just one side at the moment, if it works out I'll go around in a U shape as I have in the top GH.  There's a nasty hard pan where the gravel has compacted things down so much so I couldn't get a fork or spade in (even standing on them  :ohmy: ) and there's no way Im swinging the mattock in there.

I've added 6" of spent compost and chicken poo for the time being to see if that softens it, as my only other option is a twisty, prongy, thing the old man bought and I consigned to the "it's not a real tool" side of the shed.

Sprinkled a few leeks in a mushy tub and although I said never again, the shop bought castano garlic I pushed into the old tomato pots looks to be doing well so that needs to be dealt with or at least fed. 

The top GH doesn't look too bad, just a few salads run to seed. I'll push the hoe over it, give it a good soaking and put in some carrots and a few french beans I think.

I had this problem in the large greenhouse I inherited at my plot. Spreading a mix of MPC and well rotted manure in a 2" layer and watering a couple of times a week completely changed things in less than 6 months with the worms doing the digging for me - you can now (if you wanted too) easily dig the ground with bare hands.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on April 11, 2018, 22:20
Spreading a mix of MPC and well rotted manure in a 2" layer and watering a couple of times a week completely changed things in less than 6 months with the worms doing the digging for me

I hope you're right - it's a very hard "soft sand" pan and the soil in my sand pit is pretty lifeless unless you count ants.

More tidying up and re-organising today, I've not had 5 mins to buy some salads yet and for the life of me I can't find any carrot seeds in the seed box  :ohmy: Grafted some apples and put them in a shade spot and noticed the new blueberry is in full flower  :D Having failed miserably with hardwood and softwood cuttings I'm really pleased with the airlayering.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on May 12, 2018, 16:44
Ventured back into the bottom greenhouse today - it's been a while.

Spread out the gravel I'd just piled in the middle when I dug the border and moved the benches back to the opposite wall. There's no time (or energy) left to dig the other side this year. Watered the figs they're doing nicely but no sign of fruit yet. The climbing beans are up - 100% germination  :ohmy: makes a change. No sign of the courgettes though.

The pan under the compost in the border was still as hard as nails, I've had to use the garden claw thing (surprisingly useful) to break up some holes for the tomato plants.  Planted out 2 sungold and 2 sweet aperitif the rest aren't ready, the 3rd shirley sowing has only just made an appearance so it late in the day for a crop.  After planting there still looked a really big gap at the back by the glass so I've added 2 pepper plants from some aldi sweet peppers I bought last year which tasted rather nice.

I'll fill the other gaps with whatever green leafy I can get to germinate at the moment that's just endives and radicchio. The jury is still out on how best or even where to grow this years cukes, along the glass, in the gable or in pots on the other side. The top greenhouse is still empty, but I've struggled to get them to grow in there in previous years the border is very sandy despite 8 years of spent compost and doesn't hold moisture well at all.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on May 12, 2018, 19:53
Discovered today that using wool pellets in the hanging baskets was a really bad idea as now the polytunnel smells like wet sheep  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on October 09, 2018, 15:30
Picked some more cukes today  :ohmy: I'm not sure how much longer the plants will go on for but I really can't complain about them this year at all.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: mumofstig on October 09, 2018, 17:43
Mine have been fantastic this year, but are beginning to slow down, can't complain though - they lasted longer than the tomatoes  :lol: Who'd have thought it  ;)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on October 09, 2018, 22:41
Most of my chilli plants are still going great, despite the cooler night time temps.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on October 16, 2018, 15:17
Last of the cukes picked this morning and another tub of Shirley toms. I've given up picking the sweet aperitif it's too much like hard work and the sungold finished a while back.  The aldi saved seed peppers haven't really ripened, which is a shame given the summer we had, they're picked and the plants trimmed back. I may try and overwinter them. It's clean up time really.

Overall what's done well has been excellent, certainly the best year in the bottom GH I've had. I'm not sure if that's the weather, the switch to commercial plant food or growing in the soil rather than pots.  :wacko: Certainly needed as I was getting rather cheesed off with the continual problems in there.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on January 07, 2019, 18:13
For the first year I can remember the rats have dug their way into the top GH  :ohmy:  Along with removing the dead toms and pepper plants I've been having to set snap traps in there.  :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: snowdrops on January 07, 2019, 21:11
For the first year I can remember the rats have dug their way into the top GH  :ohmy:  Along with removing the dead toms and pepper plants I've been having to set snap traps in there.  :(

You really have a problem with rats donít you Lardy, doesnít Max see them off.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on January 09, 2019, 18:06
You really have a problem with rats donít you Lardy, doesnít Max see them off.

.. enough to make me want to move !  :mad: I can't let Max that far up the garden because of next doors rotti.   :(
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on February 10, 2019, 20:18
Cleaned out the bottom GH today. All the dead material gone and the beds turned over. I don't really want to add any more compost to them and there's no chicken poo to use this year. I might have to resort the BFB and growmore.  :ohmy: I'm hoping to do better with the salads and peppers in there this year.

I switched to a bait box in the top GH and something has eaten 15 poison blocks so far  :ohmy: I'm going to have to buy more, but at this point I don't know if I'm killing them or fattening them up  ::)
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: sunshineband on February 23, 2019, 09:33
Cleaned out the bottom GH today. All the dead material gone and the beds turned over. I don't really want to add any more compost to them and there's no chicken poo to use this year. I might have to resort the BFB and growmore.  :ohmy: I'm hoping to do better with the salads and peppers in there this year.

I switched to a bait box in the top GH and something has eaten 15 poison blocks so far  :ohmy: I'm going to have to buy more, but at this point I don't know if I'm killing them or fattening them up  ::)

Our local rat catcher advised me to wait for a wek after the biat has ben taken, to allow it to kill the culprits. If you put more down atrigth away the same rats/mice will eat that lot to. I now use snappy traps inside the tunnels which does keep the mouse numbers down

Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on February 23, 2019, 19:37
Makes sense, I'll give them a break from it as they've eaten another 15 blocks since I posted that.  :ohmy: I tried the snap traps, the rats dragged off the mouse trap (it was staked down but the sand I call soil didn't help) I found the trap but the retaining clip was lost and the mice eat the bait off the rat trap without springing it.  :mad: Whilst pottering about up there today I did consider putting a mesh skirt around the base to stop them digging in as I did with the chicken run.
Title: Re: What I did in the Greenhouse or Polytunnel today
Post by: Lardman on March 07, 2019, 08:26
Bottom GH
Had to resow the lettuce, the hot and cold of recent weeks had pretty much done for it.
Garlic is up and growing fast by the glass fingers crossed on that this year.
Scattered a few slug pellets after finding some lurking in seed trays.
Water the figs
Water the grafted apples
... just about everything I could find to avoid cleaning the glass  :nowink:

Top GH
Tipped the ants out of the bait traps  :mad: