OK OK, I know it’s April, but nature’s a tad behind this year here in the UK, and the temperature is more like March.
We still have
crocuses croci those pretty little crocus plants flowering, and the daffs have only just appeared.
I’d been quite busy sowing seeds since the beginning of March, and although I’d erected my mini plastic greenhouse ready to transfer everything into, because of the heavy frosts we were still having, until last Monday all were still in the spare bedroom, which was starting to resemble a scene from the day of the triffids.
Anyway, Monday waking to beautiful blue skies, a bit of warmth in the sun, and a forecast of warmer nights I spent most of the day, transferring all my seedlings into their own pots, by the evening all my radishes, rocket, salad leaves and most of my pepper plants were happily sitting on the shelves in the greenhouse.
This area of the Midlands is notorious for late frosts, so I’d decided to keep my tomato plants and a few of the pepper plants indoors just incase.
Tuesday morning I proudly checked my hard work, yes, all my little plants had survived their first night away from the comfort of my bedroom window ledge, I did the same on Wednesday too.
It looked at long last like spring was on its way, there was a bit of a cold wind blowing, but sheltered in the greenhouse, my plants were warm and cosy.
Moving forward to 10pm Wednesday evening T and I are sat indoors, when we hear an almighty crash outside. T looks out of the window and calmly announces ‘your greenhouse has just blown over’
WHAT!!!!!!!!…………I ran outside to see my greenhouse lying face down on the decking 😦 all the little pots and shelving were now lying inside in a pile on what was the zip away door. We struggled to upright it in one go, but with the weight of the compost, and the framework of the greenhouse collapsing we soon realised it would be an impossibility.
So admitting defeat, we opened the zipped up doorway………………to be faced with what looked like a landslip spreading across the decking.
By this time, the air was blue and I was almost in tears 😥 T ever the optimist announced ‘Never mind there’s always Asda‘ 🙄
We salvaged what we could from the disaster. We piled into a heap the remains of the greenhouse and secured it down with the garden furniture in the hope it would still be in our garden the next morning.
The following morning the winds had died down slightly, so we swept the remains of the landslip onto the garden and
we I set about trying to repair the framework.
Most of the plastic brackets that had been at the base had cracked or broken completely, so I reassembled the frame with the damaged ones to the top.
The frame with the damaged brackets at the top.
Using some good strong gorilla tape I repaired them the best I could.
The cover which had been covered in muddy compost drying over the decking rails after T had hosed it off.
The remains of all my hard work, waiting for their ‘house to be repaired.
I spent the rest of the day, re-potting, before returning them to the repaired greenhouse. Note the slabs in the base, hopefully to stop any more disasters.
As I mentioned earlier, luckily my tomato plants had stayed indoors, which as you can see are thriving well.
In the garden is the base for a proper greenhouse which should be arriving next week, this will be anchored to the ground, hopefully averting any more disasters.