Firstly, I hope everyone got some rain; here we have gone from a very dry spring to a lovely green, growing spring in a matter of a couple of weeks. We've had 70mm since the beginning of the month, and the garden is looking so much better.
Over the last couple of weeks we have planted out close to 50 tube stock and small plants for shrubs, trees and what I call filler plants - those that like to spread out and cover bare earth. All these look well settled in and on their way.
I can now happily report that we have had the 'soft opening' of the greenhouse. There are still some shelves to be delivered and Peter has to set up the sink area, but the potting bench and the flooring is down and already having their 'sea trials'. I have put some pics up for those who might be interested.
The structure runs roughly north/south with a door at either end. The shade cloth is currently 50%; time will tell if this is enough but we can put another layer over the top of the original layer if we need further protection. I can certainly feel the difference in the sun intensity when I'm working in there as opposed to outside.
This is inside, looking northwards to the "back" and out to the vegetable garden. You can see the frames for the shelves on the right hand side and in the middle, and there will be a similar set on the left hand side. The galvanised mesh shelves are being made for us and hopefully they will be ready soon. Nanna Chel might recognise the lemongrass plant in the left corner :)
My potting table. The top is galvanised steel and on a slight slope for water to run off. The bins underneath hold potting mix and DIY seed raising mix - there will be bigger containers for these once I am in full production in here. Today I planted out several seed types and my Dad potted on some cuttings and seedlings.
This is a motley collection of cuttings, seedlings and odds and ends, sitting waiting for the real shelving to arrive. Some of Dad's orchids are on the wall; something tells me they won't be the only ones either.
The sink is waiting for its bench to be welded - it will be to the right of the potting table. This will allow washing & disinfecting of pots etc, as well as washing vegetables as they come out of the garden.
When I was in there earlier planting my seeds, I felt happy as a clam so I think after all this time, we may have got it right.