Greenhouse debate, amongst other things…
The editor’s garden (and house) are finally, it seems, going to be sold. Just before we get to the really cold stuff, we should be moving to a new and larger garden. It’s not big, its still a town garden and I’ll not be putting in chickens, pigs, horses or an orchard. There is enough space for a small vegetable patch and some nice planting. It’s south facing at the back, with a steep slope. (I’ll not post any pictures until it has actually changed hands but as soon as we are moved in then I’ll try and get some pictures up!)
I am hopeful that it is going to bring us many years of enjoyment, it certainly is a credit to the lady who lives there presently and I hope that we will be able to look after it as well, whilst making it our own over the years to come.
Some things though….
Firstly, the greenhouse (at least it has one, for those of you who don’t recall see here) is rather on the small side. Unfortunately I’m a smidge over 6′ tall and can’t stand up in it. I’m thinking about alternative varieties of greenhouse and would like to know opinions.
I spoke to an interesting gent at Gardening Scotland who spent some time showing me a greenhouse made out of bubble wrap (I’m over simplifying – anyone with accurate details please advise) which I thought was rather impressive. The garden is south facing but at the moment it has no fence at the bottom. Because of children / pets we are going to have to add one – this will block out some of the light going to the greenhouse but probably not that much. Apparently bubble-wrap greenhouses are good for diffusing light, even in poor light conditions?
Cedar looks better but how good is it? Does anyone have any reasons that I should not go for this type? A cedar greenhouse would be quite a feature and one wonders whether it would be more astute to sight it at the top of the garden. This would make it closer to the house and therefore more likely to get pottered in, it would also be a feature of the garden and would therefore require looking after a little better (no straggly tomato plants being left for all to see).
Beyond the greenhouse issue, as mentioned before the garden is well looked after at the moment, which means I will be moving into a garden which has a lot of planting. Any advice from members on how to deal with this as we may want to do a little landscaping…?
Finally, the last point is not for me but is in consideration of the lady who currently lives in the house. It would be nice if people could contribute some ideas for how to deal with a garden you love when mobility becomes an issue, for general interest and because I can see that it really helps.