Thursday, 10 September 2015

Time to get a greenhouse

The boys loved fruit and vegetable picking so much I think it would be great if we could do more at home.  The only problem is I am not sure what would actually flourish under my not very green hands!   My taid (granddad) was a natural in his own garden, I fondly remember going to his house as a child, he had a big rambling garden with two greenhouses and a large vegetable plot.  He competed in shows getting ribbons for his efforts, he had everything possible growing somewhere on his land.  We would help him digging in the soil for potatoes and picking tomatoes and cucumbers from the plants in the greenhouse.

I so wish I could time travel back to his garden with my own boys, they would have been in their element joining him.  He was passionate about gardening; people always spoke very highly of him, possibly I have inherited some his gardening genes so I should stop putting off tackling our garden and get on with it!

If we do decide to get a greenhouse ourselves it’s important we regulate the temperature so I will invest in a thermometer to keep an eye on things, I can remember summer can get quite sweltering and even the hardiest of plants might find it a bit tropical in there!  So do control the climate inside by checking out your options for window openers to get the air flowing inside and water regularly otherwise you may find everything wilting in the heat.

Where we went fruit picking they had the luxury of automatic water sprinklers but we would not have that much to spend, so it will be the kids and I with our trusty watering can trying to keep on top of things, fortunately the boys love playing with water so they will probably end up soaked through but the vegetables might get a lengthy drink in the process...

It’s best to pick plants that are easy to grow so children can see results, if nothing is really happening or the plants keep dying they will quickly lose interest.  You can even use your greenhouse throughout the year according to this article from The Telegraph although watch out for frost; try keeping things cosy with horticultural fleece if it gets particularly cold.  Then your children can have little gardening jobs all year round.

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