Why paint a cedar greenhouse? In my case it was mainly for aesthetic reasons. It fits in with the style of the rest of the garden and, I believe, gives it a more substantial look akin to the great classic Victorian greenhouses.
Long planks were staked in place to create an edging to contain the bricks and base materials. A length of DPC was used to protect the outside edge of the wood from wet soil in the beds.
Once the contractors had finished the base work we started on the DIY task of assembling the greenhouse. It was supplied by Gabriel Ash, a semi-bespoke design based on their model called ‘The Eight’. It arrived in several preassembled panels …
Oh, if I could afford a wall around the whole garden! Still, this was a chance to build a small section (19 ft long and 6 ft high) in place of three fence panels, against which the greenhouse will ‘lean’.
Although a keen DIYer I didn’t fancy tackling foundations and brickwork, so we used a contractor for this part.
Here you can see the greenhouse being built from the ground up…
Here is a beautiful curiosity. I haven’t seen one like this before, have you?
A juicy handful of berries: red gooseberries, white and black currents. They glow with an inner light that only really fresh food has. Of course they tasted incredible too!
A fine crop of onions. The annual crop usually lasts us from harvest until April the following year, depending on how well they store. The storing quality seems to depend mostly on the weather in the weeks prior to harvesting – …