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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Greenhouse Re-arrange

16 July 2009 19:58:19
only the pumpkin to lift up...

only the pumpkin to lift up...

While I was busy working in the garden, hubby decided to re-arrange the greenhouse! Anyone would think it was his greenhouse too! In fact he did a super job and it's much easier to get around now.

I had had some staging doubled up. This had been for good reason earlier on but that reason is now planted outside and it was very hard to get at the stuff at the back. Especially with the giant pumpkin we have decided to grow in a pot. It was taking up nearly all the floor space. I'm telling you, between the enormous carnivorous sarracenia gobbling up bees, the giant pumpkin train under your feet and the sunflowers blocking the door, it was like Day of the Triffids in our greenhouse!

Things are much better now, with only a single row of staging and the pumpkin (which we potted on to its final size - tricky) on the table. The pumpkin's train does still adorn the floor, however, but not all the floor.


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J.D. J.D. 16 July 2009 20:19:16

Is it easy to grow pumpkins, Rachel? I have always wanted to grow gourds. I might prepare for next year, early.Must do a bit of research on this matter.


Rachel Rachel 16 July 2009 20:26:13

They're pretty much the same as courgettes, Jacinta. So, as you can grow courgettes, you should have no problem.


J.D. J.D. 16 July 2009 20:51:45

Excellent. Gotta do that, so.


jocko121 jocko121 16 July 2009 21:00:06

great greenhouse, mines the size of a shoe box


sparrow sparrow 16 July 2009 21:46:56

Greenhouse looking well. What would we do without the hubbies!!!


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 July 2009 22:00:13

A palace of flowers and veg you have there.I often taught about growing pumpkins but never tried.I have grown some courgettes and as you say Rachel they are pretty much the same as pumpkins to grow. I will try them.


Joybells Joybells 16 July 2009 22:03:45

Your new photos are lovely Rachel, lots of colour...whats the pink at the back of the Helenium in photo 12? Is it lavender?


Rachel Rachel 16 July 2009 22:54:27

Thanks, guys. The pink is Persicaria, Joy. My 20 ft hill (the division between me and my lofty neighbour) is covered in persicaria. It took a while for it to knit up but it's looking good this year. I prefer the look in autumn when the flower spikes turn red. I'll be bringing several persicaria plants to Belvedere so - no problem if you want one.


Mairin Mairin 17 July 2009 01:04:42

Lovely greenhouse. Envious.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 17 July 2009 09:41:39

wow I am going to try and grow pumpkins next year, I didnt know it could be done in a pot, can you put up a picture to show me how its done. thinking of going to Johnstown Garden Centre tomo with my dad, going to get plants for my pond I see they have Sarracenia and say that it can be grown in or near the pond, might give it a go.


Rachel Rachel 17 July 2009 10:47:17

Oh my god, Gismo. you're right. They have 3 sarracenia - two of them absolute beauties. I am travelling up with Bill & Linda so I'm not in charge of detours tomorrow : ( Sarracenia is a great bog plant and can be grown outdoors. They have recently added it to the outdoor display at Wisley. If you do get one for your pond (and you will be tempted), you will need to create a bog area or plant them in a tray. The tricks are plenty of direct light, strictly rain water only and compost of peat, perlite and lime free sand (sand can be left out at a pinch). Very jealous.


Joybells Joybells 17 July 2009 11:03:28

Thanks Rachel, if you can put my name on one of them, its very striking especially in that setting.


Rachel Rachel 17 July 2009 11:10:21

No problem, Joy. Isn't it gas that we live down the road from each other yet need to travel to West Meath to meet up?


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 17 July 2009 11:33:08

thanks for the tips as I am only starting out with the pond, going to the library on my lunch to get a few books, may keep away from the Diarmuid Gavin one I must have shares in it at this stage.


Yuko Yuko 17 July 2009 20:41:09

I love your chrysanthemums in the photo.


Liz.M Liz.M 17 July 2009 21:41:02

I had been hoping to meet you tomorrow at the athering Rachel but have decided that its too far a drive for my dodgy knee (bone graft too young!) Oh, I will miss being there tomorrow so much... Enjoy!


Rachel Rachel 17 July 2009 22:30:52

Sorry to hear that, Liz. Maybe next year. Thank you, Yuko, do you mean the ones in the 'Giant Mum' album?


kitty kitty 17 July 2009 23:39:03

wow your greenhouse is gorgous what a mega amount of plants fantastic.enjoy tomorrow sorry couldnt go but def next year


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