Greenhouse Slightly Damaged

I didn’t get down to the plot over the weekend but it wasn’t all bad news. We did a final sweep of my father in law’s house on Sunday as he’s moved and the clearance people are coming to empty the furniture and so forth he no longer wants.

I have to admire his attitude, he’s taken what he wants and left the rest behind without a backward glance. Now he’s in sheltered housing with a warden and emergency cords in every room, we feel happier about his welfare but most importantly, he’s really enjoying it. He’s got company when he wants it in the common areas, a low cost lunch available if he doesn’t feel like cooking and the privacy and independence of his own flat.

Anyway, we came away with a bag of compost, a pile of good seed trays and a long handled, flat tined fork as well as a few personal bits. I’ve got a long-handled fork that we got in France but this one is slightly smaller and an awful lot lighter, which makes it perfect as a potato fork.

Monday was a ‘chained to the computer’ day. I’ve written a fairly complex series of scripts and there was a fair bit of de-bugging to do. This tends to involve many cries of “why on earth is it doing that?” but it’s all done now.

Tuesday was busy as well but I got down to the plot late afternoon. Even an hour is better than nothing and that bit of fresh air is good for the soul. The first thing I noticed was yet more wood chippings had been delivered.

I don’t need any more, having re-covered all my paths, but it’s nice that everyone who wants some can get some without the panic of “If I don’t grab it now, it will be gone”

The recent winds have caused a bit of damage on the site. Ripped the felt off a shed roof and caused some greenhouse damage. The lid had gone flying off the black compost bin but otherwise all seemed fine until Larry pointed out that I’d some slipped panes in the back of the large greenhouse so my first job was to fix them.

It’s critical to repair a greenhouse as soon as you can. If there’s a gap then you can bet the wind will get inside and then you’re in real trouble. A lot depends on the direction the wind’s in, but it’s the law of sod every time.

I had to take all but the bottom pane out of the centre column and re-fit them. I’d like to know how come you can watch a glazing clip fall, see where it lands but when you bend down to pick it up, it vanishes! There must be a parallel universe somewhere full of greenhouse glazing clips and odd socks.

The greenhouse being weather tight again, it was back over to plot 5. Bit late to start digging over by now as it was getting cold as the sun fell lower so I cleared the Brussels sprouts that were left in and a few other bits before heading back to the ranch.

Photo Below: Slipped Pane in the Greenhouse (Yes it is filthy!)

Wind Damage to Greenhouse

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7 comments on “Greenhouse Slightly Damaged
  1. Tony says:

    Reading your column, I’m a bit peaved!!

    You can get down to your patch during the week to ‘do a bit of digging’ or other things. Me at the moment until e change the clocks, I can only find a couple of hours spare on Sunday mornings – then I’ve got to hope the weather stays fine !!!!

    Any how – joking apart, love the web site and the writings — I JUST WISH I HAD THE ******* TIME!!


  2. Debra johnson says:

    Hi just a little note to say how much I have enjoyed browsing through your pages. I got my allotment last May and I’m still having a brilliant time. I have met so many lovely people on our site. Allotment folk seem to go out of their way to be helpful with advice and goodies of all descriptions! So keep up the diary as Ive book marked it and I am keen to follow the progress of other kindred spirits!.

  3. John says:

    Thanks for the kind comments – really appreciate them.

    Allotment people do tend to be helpful don’t they. I’d have never got my big greenhouse up but for people coming over to lend a hand and basically taking over.

    Good luck with the weather, Tony!

  4. Izzy says:

    Just been reading your various updates and have to congratulate your on your and relaxed. Just how I feel after a days digging (not).
    Only been at this since last November and have taken on two plots here in Blacon Chester. one plot was just amazing having been worked by it’s previous owner for some 30yrs.The second a nightmare but hard work and help from others it’s all systems go.Once this bug gets you it won’t let go.Carry on the fun work I’m sure there will be alot more to come for 2008.

  5. John says:

    30 years of growing veg and 5 years on the allotment. Goodness, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

  6. keith says:

    just stumbled on your column very interesring allotment gardener for 35 years had polytunnel blown to bits in gales this week fortunatlyalready had replacement cover. Have two ten rod plots and one five rod keeps me busy. keep up the good work.

  7. John says:

    Wow Keith, 25 rods would keep me going full time! Glad you like the site.

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