So what have I been up to since my last blog. Not a great deal really. I had my mind made up for me with regards to my growing area when a mine greenhouse arrived in the post.
Cue childlike excitement at the prospect of my first greenhouse. Not a big greenhouse but mine none the less. Cue the dread when I realised how much work said new greenhouse was going to mean.
Not actually putting the greenhouse up. That will hopefully be the straightforward part. It soon became clear that the area it would be going in wasn’t going to be big enough. So then the head scratching about which way round I wanted it.
How to turn this area into the space needed. Now ideally I wanted the door facing the towards the back wall. Problem with that is I’d have to build a new wall for it as it would overhang the existing wall.
The other way round would mean taking down a fence and extending the area that was there slightly. By far this was the easier option but the door wouldn’t be in the ideal place.
Either way the fence had to come down so I took it out ready to measure the area so I’d know which was the more feasible option.
Once down it became clear building a new wall wasn’t really an option. I’m all for creating projects for myself but occasionally you have to give your head a wobble and have a word with yourself.
So it was that I started prepping the area. All went swimmingly. Until it didn’t. Extended the area no problem. May have slightly underestimated how much earth and rubble I was going to have to move.
It really didn’t look like much until I had to actually move it. Much cursing and asking myself what is wrong with me later I managed to get it done.
Next on the agenda, build a small retaining wall and level the area. Thankfully that went well and the pavers for the area went down really well
Then can the big day. Assembling the greenhouse. Much excitement. Even after the odd frustration and the plastic panels trying to Mary Poppins me over into next doors garden because of the wind.
But it was built. Finally. My first greenhouse. Something I never thought I’d see in our garden. My lovely wife and kids knew I’d be as happy as a Darlo in the Guinness brewery when they bought it for me and they are happy that I’m so happy. It’s hard to explain to a non gardener just how much it means to me.
But t I will say this. Whatever space you have, whether it’s a windowsill, a cold frame, a plastic growhouse (2 of which I’ve been using for years) keep growing and keep enjoying the benefits it brings you.