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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!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Acting on your advice.

Recently I sought your advice about greenhouses.  I am grateful for those who took the time to answer.  With your help I have made a some decisions.

On the floor, I have laid weed mat.  I will be putting gravel over this.  Probably a dark coloured scoria.  I figure that dark colours will absorb the heat during the day and release it at night.  Scoria has tiny holes that will hold moisture to help with a bit of humidity.

Some people seem to like pots and other like to garden in the ground in their greenhouses.  I am going to do both.  I have already built a raised bed along half of one wall.  I am trying to decide whether I should just fill this or make it a wicking bed.
What do you think?  
I have a couple of large self watering pots that I will put my first tomatoes in.  The shelves on the other side will house pots and polystyrene fruit boxes.

Usually I do not like or use weed killer.  However, the ground under and around the greenhouse has couch grass (Elymus repens).   It is tough and invasive and I couldn't easily dig it all out.  So I have sprayed the floor and around the house with glycophosphate.

The mulched path around the greenhouse will also act as a buffer between the grass and the house and in future I will deal with any invasions by hand.

Ooo! It is ever so exciting!


  1. cannot wait to see it all done!

  2. Wow...looking good. How exciting to see it all come together. Had to chuckle at your header picture. Love it..Haha! Maa

  3. Looking good there and I know what you mean about that grass its a pain keeping under control without weedkiller.

  4. Progress! So far looks great. When winter finally arrives, it will be interesting to see how the plants hold up inside the greenhouse.

  5. I'm so glad I don't have any grass to contend with any more. I'm in sympathy with your pragmatic approach to the occasional use of weed-killer. These things are OK if used in the right way, and not just indiscriminately.

  6. I'm reading with interest about your new green house. I've my sights set on one too, all in good time. Good luck with the grass reduction!

  7. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Re the couch grass, I've found the easiest way to get rid of it is to cover the area with carpet which completely blocks out the light. Leave it for a week or two and then you'll find it's died via the roots and you can just pull it out! Might work in your greenhouse! Let me know.... lol x

  8. I was delighted to read this post, as a greenhouse is on our someday list. It is very exciting to see yours start to come toether.

  9. So many little decisions to make, how exciting! Great to see you sorting out your new greenhouse :) Sorry I missed your blog post asking for opinions, I would have loved to put in some input.

    As for your new raised bed, I reckon you just fill it :)

  10. Hi Hazel. I LOVE your header photo, I LOVE your blog, I can't get enough. I am going to go in right now and add your blog to my favorite blog list on my blog.

  11. Just don't buy compost for the raised bed at the same place I did!!!


    Love the greenhouse. Have fun with it.


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