Just before new year my in-laws came up to visit and with them they brought their old greenhouse. They had just bought a new aluminium one and no longer needed it and offered it to me. Thank you so-very-much, says I! B-)
So I went to work with the spade. I cut the turf and lifted it. I dumped it into my compost bin (Grass side down) to break down and put the amazing amount of worms that I pulled up with the turf to good use. I then raked the soil to get it more or less level.
When I went to put the cover on the frame it was then that I found out that I am a moron.
The previous night, when putting it together, I thought that I had one piece missing, maybe it was in the bag with the cover? No. When I put the cover over the frame it simply wasn’t even close to fitting. I then noticed that I had mixed up the short poles with the long ones! ARGH!
I took the frame apart and put it back replacing long for short… Amazingly enough, not only did I not have a missing piece, but the cover fit! YAY!
So now the cover is on and placed in its plot.
I then tucked the bottom rim under and pinned it into the ground with the pegs. At some point I may get some bigger (longer) tent pegs and stake it down deeper.
Then came the clear up. I stripped the old frame of the plastic and broke the wood down. A fair bit of the wood that was touching the ground has started to rot, but over about 2″ its fine. I did have a few issues though and so not all of the wood is reusable. Yeah… I broke some of it bringing out screws… *sigh*
I also managed to keep the door in one piece. At some point I may build a cloche and that will do well as the lid if I do.
So now we are all cleared up and the greenhouse is done! The grass is a real mess though!
I also have to note the huge amount of worms I brought up. I had a female blackbird that kept coming back into the garden. She was oh so very bold, coming up very close to me as I worked around in the garden. In the above image you can see just how close she was to me! She was no more than 6ft from me and showed no fear at all. I did keep my distance though. I didn’t want to scare her.
So thank you to my in-laws for the greenhouse. It’s going to come in handy! B-)