Thursday, 24 September 2015

Out with the Tomatoes and in with Some Growbeds

A couple of decent September days with temperatures around average for late September and no rain.

I decided it was time for a change around in the greenhouse. Our tomato plants were taking up an awful lot of space for the amount of tomatoes that were left on the plants. The tomatoes were removed and will be ripened elsewhere, perhaps in the summerhouse.
This year we are trying something new in an attempt to have some winter salad crops. Rather than the greenhouse be left empty or worse still filled with “stuff” we can’t be bothered to clear away before winter sets in we’re trying our luck with some growbeds.
Three of these beds have been set up down one side of the greenhouse. They’re pretty big and take a large amount of compost to fill them up. Each one so far has the contents of two extra large growbags emptied into it. These were used through summer for our tomato plants so I’m going to add some fish, blood and bone before topping them up with some extra compost.

All we need to decide then is what crops to try in them.  


  1. That's a really good use of the greenhouse over winter - I'm sure there are lots of things worth trying. I've tried buckets of mixed salad leaves in my upright plastic cold frames over winter, they grow very slowly under plastic but would do much better under glass (especially if you have a little heat). On the plot last year, I sowed rocket in Sept, covered with rigid plastic sheets and it grew well all winter. There must also be a whole selection of Japanese greens suitable for growing in cool conditions. I look forward to following your progress.

  2. Your 'out with the tomatoes' and in with some winter salad crops sounds exciting. Hope it goes well!

  3. That's a great idea, I'll look forward to seeing how they do.

  4. Can't wait to see how the growbags do in the greenhouse! Keep us posted. Not sure if my first post went through ??


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