When we moved into our house a year ago, I was beyond excited that there was already a greenhouse on the land. My head got a little carried away and already I had visions of pineapples and bananas (told you I was new to this!) Alas....my Caribbean fruit emporium wasn't to be when on closer inspection the greenhouse was literally falling to pieces. The people in the house before us had, for some reason, built it on top of flagstones! The whole thing was collapsing into the ground...but not to worry...I found the perfect solution. I went down to my local garden centre and found this...
It's like a mini greenhouse. The beauty of this little cold frame is it really doesn't matter how much space you've got. It's ideal for little plots if you don't have room for the real thing. It was less than £30 too so we're all laughing*
*For the record...NOBODY was laughing when I was trying to erect the thing! All I can say is it's a good job little bear (Nicole) wasn't around. The air was turning a deep shade of blue with the profanities that came from my mouth! The instructions were less than helpful. But hey, it looks good!
When attempting to become a veggie growing extraordinaire, it really does help if you've got amazing neighbours and friends who've been doing it a lot longer than you. Don't feel scared to ask advice. If I hadn't I wouldn't even dare to attempt any of this. Once you've asked for help, I guarantee you will be inundated with freebies passed over the fence. Our lovely neighbours David and Wendy gave Nicole her first ever tomato plant. She knows that it's her responsibility to look after it, and to make it more fun for her, she chooses to feed it with a water pistol. She must be doing something right because it's flourishing and covered in beautiful flowers.
Talking of friends, I'm going round to see my friend Nick today, (her hubby works with mine). She's got some pumpkin, courgette, tomato and cabbage seedlings for me. I shall stick them in the mini greenhouse and see what happens...fingers crossed! I'm determined to carve my own home grown pumpkin this Halloween!