Greenhouse - What can I grow?(6 Posts)
Basically have moved into a new house a few months a go and the previous owners have left a greenhouse.
I am complete novice to gardening, never had a greenhouse before. Tend to kill even the most basic of house plants. Ahem anyway...
Would quite like to have a go at growing something in the greenhouse, probably some veg. I have it in my head that tomatoes would be an easy starting point?
Basically for a beginner what would be good to grow especially for the time of year?
Lucky you! Tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, cucumbers, sweet potatoes - would all be a good starting point for you. Your local garden should still have some plants in so I'd pop to one asap and have a look what they've got.
Probably worth investing in a book too -such as www.amazon.co.uk/Vegetables-Herbs-Greenhouse-Polytunnel-Laitenberger/dp/0716023423/ref=pd_bxgy_14_text_z
We're right bang in the middle of the growing season now. You can still get a crop this year, but you will need to invest in plants that are fairly large from a garden centre rather than growing from seed at this point. Tomatoes, peppers, chillis, aubergines are worth a go! Aldi sometimes do very good, large plants about this time of year for cheap so look out for their offers.
However, you can still do herbs from seed (like basil). And if you're quick, there is time to get on biennial flowers for next year - so things like foxgloves.
Go get a couple of grow bags.
Fold in half [as if you are lifting them and pulling the middle up] and then cut a slit in the top so that they sit like saddle bags.
Go buy/get some tomato food and 4 tomato plants, and a tray/s to sit the bags on and some twine if you don't have any.
Plant one tomato in each saddlebag as deep as you can - up to the first leaves if possible. Tie twine around the base of the stem and then to the greenhouse so that it is vertical or at an angle but relatively tight. As the plants grow - twirl the tomato around the twine. An angle is better and gives slightly more growing height. Like this /
Make some holes in the bottom of the bag [the bits that are sitting in the tray].
Water the plants using the trays by filling with water - but when you use the tomato food, diluted into a watering can, feed from the top of the soil.
You can do the same with a couple of cucumbers in one grow bag. Same method and same feeding regime.
Don't let them dry out - if they soak up all the water when you put it in the tray add a but more but don't let them sit in water all the time - they need just as much air in the soil as water.
Brilliant thank you all so much! This is why I love MN, people even know the answers to my random gardening questions.
I'm on my phone so I can't scroll back to check names but thanks for all your ideas. We're gonna have a trip to the garden centre and I'm going to buy the half pre grown things of tomatoes and peppers I think. Have made a list of all your tips and ordered the book suggested
Oh and the grow bag idea-sounds easy enough so will definitely give that a go.
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