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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fat Fruit Friday #1

Welcome to my new weekly feature, 
Fat Fruit Fridays,
all about my new greenhouse.
That's right, my new greenhouse!

 *turning somersaults, 
doing hand stands and backflips, 
jumping off the table and screaming*

Many of you will know of my ongoing lust for a greenhouse.

And this is not just ANY OLD greenhouse!

It is a 

It is made locally
by a young man who has begun his own company.
He's full of the sap of youth, wonderful ideas
and enthusiasm...just like me (except for the sap part).

Mine will be bigger than this.

It looks like a traditional glasshouse
but in place of glass it has AET panels
(the same stuff they have in those folding, shop shutters)
supported by a galvanised frame
making it 250 times stronger than glass.

Daniel, assures me it will be
To prove it, he sent me this photo.

Mmmm, we'll see about goats
are no barefoot boys!

Daniel, bless his soul, is giving it to me!
Free!  Well almost.
We have an arrangement where I will
work off the cost of the greenhouse.

I will be bending your collective ears
with the drama and excitement 
of my journey to find out what I can grow
in the greenhouse and when I can grow it.

I will also be writing vegetable profiles and gardening info
for Daniel's web page over the next year.

I don't even have to go into work...
Daniel has introduced me to The Cloud.
Walking on air, I am!

Isn't that the best news!
If you are in Melbourne, you can check out 
Daniel and his Fat Fruit Greenhouses
 at the Royal Melbourne Agricultural Show.

Please mention my name, 
so that he knows he is really getting something
for his faith in me!

Oh, and DO NOT touch the greenhouse on display...
this is the one that will be 
making its way to my garden 
when the show over!

Oooo!  Is that applause I hear in blogland?


  1. Yay! Yippee! Yoohoo! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.

  2. This arrangement sounds fantastic Hazel. Looking forward to your postings of your adventures with your new greenhouse.
    Your header photograph is just beautiful!

  3. That's exciting news. Congrats!!! I would love to have a greenhouse on our property to winter some of our plants....and start new ones. That looks great!

  4. greenhouse envy. they sound fatulous, great barter too. love your pansy header!

  5. So it was a leprachuan after all, I can see him on the roof.

    Hazel I am delighted for you. Truly delighted.

  6. No wonder you were excited yesterday!

  7. YAY! How awesome! Go forth and be hot!

  8. Green with Greenhouse envy! Does this enterprising young man have a website?
    Cheers Kathryn

  9. If only I had room for one here. Your pansies are splendiferous.

  10. NICE you can grow strawberries in winter hang them from the rafters.. tomatoes in pots..spring time you can get all your summer veges well ahead in advance

  11. Great greenhouse Hazel. I've been away (in Madeira, the garden island of Portugal) last 10 days so I'll have to catch up on your blog posts over the weekend.

  12. How lucky are you! We built our own with the "help" of our grandies about 5 years ago and love it - wish it were twice the size.... you will have a lot of fun with it.

  13. Sweet...aren't you the lucky one. Goat proof too - we'll see ;-)

    Look forward to seeing how you layout the inside.

  14. Wow, I'm so jealous! You'll have a ball with it!

  15. Hi, thanks for stopping by, I do love to bake birthday cakes I'm now thinking about making a half pipe for the scooter boy who is Turing 10 in two weeks. I can't wait to see all the things you grow in your new greenhouse.

  16. Good on you Hazel! I'm sooooo happy for you :) I understand your joy and hope I'll have greenhouse joy one day too! x

  17. Fabulous outdoor kitchen AND a are one lucky lady....!!!!

  18. Oh the admiration, if only I could get that little purple fairy of mine to magic me up a bit (or a lot) more space - and money - and I'd put in a greenhouse too. I was schooled in the country where we did subjects like ag/hort. The school had a very impressive and VERY big greenhouse (as well as sheep, goats, pigs and cows) that I loved working in. Can't wait to see what you can achieve with it.

    Mr Good and I were intending on taking the small ones to the show this year so I'll be sure to pop by the greenhouse display and get Miss Two to leave some greasy handprints on your glass! Don't worry I'll mention your name when she does.

  19. Oh you are so lucky! Bet you can't wait to get your hands on it.

  20. Hazel, This is exciting news. And just think of the advertising potential for Daniel if you can get some photos of goats climbing on the greenhouse without damaging it! -Jean

  21. That is exciting! I am green with envy! - Not that I have the space to put one...

  22. You good little networker - you! Well done on the contra agreement.


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