They make it sound so easy, telling you that you can build a greenhouse (even as small as this one) with the "full instructions" supplied. Don't believe them. Pay someone to do it for you! This tiny greenhouse took 3 days to completely erect, plus multiple hours afterwards to deal with finishing and securing issues. Still, it is up while there was an issue with one of the storms we had recently, it's looking ok. I have fixed up two water butts to the sides whose fittings were actually the easiest part of greenhouse building!
So I have put some good soil and compost in here so that we can grow tomatoes, peppers and chilli plants directly in the ground later in the season. For now it will grow seeds and young plants. This wooden bench is foldable so can be removed later, and I have another green shelf fixed to the greenhouse frame higher up for storage and other use. The plan is for this to allow us to grow tender plants indoors given the dreadful summers we seem to be doomed to endure now.
The weather since Christmas has been truly appalling with snow and rain galore, this was the view from my window a week ago:
The soil has been pummelled and quite literally squelches when you step on it. So several weeks ago I put three cloches on a bed to keep some soil dryer and warmer than the rest. Today it was time to plant it up with garlic, elephant garlic and shallots.
I have never grown elephant garlic before so have no idea how it will do, I have also switched to a hardneck garlic after some poor harvests and have not done shallots in a while either. This is an experiment but this soil is the dryest and lightest on the plot and with the cloches left in situ they should do ok.
Here they are laid out for planting, elephant garlic in the foreground (each clove is huge), ordinary garlic on the left and shallots on the right. The cloches are back on as more cold weather is forecast, so they will be kept out of the wind and snow/hail/rain. We will see...