I posted this on my other blog yesterday. Ali, from Queensland, was wondering why the cucumber in the greenhouse was doing so much better than outside.
Well, this is Melbourne, Victoria. Let's be honest, our weather is changeable at the best of times. In spring the changes can be meteoric. We have had a couple of days around 30 degrees C., but we have also had a number in the mid-teens. There has been a fair bit of sunshine, even on the cooler days...and there has been rain.
What the greenhouse seems to do is smooth out the temperature variations. On cool sunny days, it can be 10 - 15 degrees warmer. But it works well on overcast days too - it is always noticeably warmer. The soil in the pots is warm to touch too.
I am going to start taking some temperature readings to get a better idea of how the temperature in the greenhouse compares with that outside.
Look at the clever greenhouse cucumber.
It is starting to climb the trellis.
it is already holding on.
Compare this with the other cucumber -
in the same potting mix, but outside...
...and the poor little sod in the veggie patch.
I hope this one is at least developing some fabulous roots.
Here are some mixed salad plants grown from seed.
This one isn't as easy to see.
It is the black pearl chilli.
The first photo is an early one
taken a couple of days after I potted it up.
You can judge the size better in this photo.
It is the pot on the right on the middle shelf.
The one with the blue tag.
I think it has put on about four sets of leaves...
doubled its size in fact.
Check out all those lateral shoots too.
We had a very warm weekend after a week of cool, overcast weather.
It is always warmer in the greenhouse, even on very cloudy days.
The temperature in there has been in the mid-20s to 30 C.
On the hot days, with the vents open and the blinds pulled,