Greenhouse Base Installed

When I left off in my last post on greenhouses the make, size and style of greenhouse had been decided, we chose the 6’8″x10’5″ Kingfisher. The next thing was to order it, this I did and paid a 25% deposit. Next day the manufacturer phoned me and asked if the base had been installed, it hadn’t, then told me that they made all greenhouses to order, they don’t keep stock as it tends to get damaged, that’s fair enough especially as they are delivered pre-glazed so storing them would be problematical. I phoned my earthworks man Dave and asked him to get the base organised and sent him the very helpful plan that Swallow GB Ltd, the manufacturer, emailed to me. Dave said Saturday 18 January and I said go ahead. He duly turned up with his men at 7:30 am last Saturday, a cold and blustery day, and set to work. It’s amazing what can be achieved in four and a half hours if you know what you’re doing, just after noon the job was done and I was both relieved and pleased.

7’x11′ greenhouse base

Yesterday I called Swallow and told them the base was ready and they offered to install it – they do the install themselves, on Saturday 30/1/15, I’m mightily pleased, that’s just three weeks from ordering. I’ve started looking at online seed catalogues, well catalogue, so far I’ve had a look and started a wish list on Sutton’s Seeds website, the choice is dazzling to a newbie, any tips on what to start off with will be welcome. I’d like to grow vegetables and flowers from seed but don’t want to try to do too much in my first year in case that leads to a disheartening failure. I’ll update my greenhouse story a week on Friday after it has been installed.

4 Replies to “Greenhouse Base Installed”

  1. Exciting times – and what a good size greenhouse! I expect you will glad you didn’t have a 6×6 in the end! Easy ‘veg’ to grow in the greenhouse are tomatoes, chillis and peppers, and start courgettes off inside.For flowers, perhaps stick to the more common annuals and start them off early in the greenhouse before planting out later – sweet peas, cosmos, marigold, sunflowers, etc. Better to have a successful first year to give you optimism for future years. Good luck 🙂

    1. Thank you, my first piece of advice, I’m dead keen for advice as I’m new to the greenhouse – so new I don’t have it yet, but it’s being installed this coming Friday 30/1/15. I do want a simple and successful first year, too many failures might damp off my enthusiasm.
      Thanks again.

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