So glad you've had some sunlight at last Freda :-)
Thoughts for the greenhouse: A sheltered spot for winter picnics? Or it could be a beautiful winter gallery - full of things found or made from nature... you could invite submissions from friends and relatives! Then even on the darkest drizzliest days there would always be something lovely to look at in the garden...
I will have a winter picnic this year Lotta (you've mentioned them before!) and a kind of nature table would be a delight. Thank you.
You could decorate the greenhouse with some of your lovely wreaths and bowls of cones, put in a comfy chair and then sit out on the rare sunny, west Scotland winter days. Might need to wrap up in a rug though.
A comfy chair sounds wonderful - will start searching (have rugs). Thank you Sheena.
Isn't it funny how a black and white photo makes you focus on different things than a colour photo of the same items?
Happy you had a little sun. I know it has been in short supply these past months. Not sure I have any suggestions for your greenhouse, but Lotta and Sheena have some good ideas.
I love black and white photographs but can't quite put my finger on why...
Trays of salad leaves? I've grown a variety of mixed salads, three rows to a standard seed tray. Unless it's very cold, they will probably be fine all winter. Picked as micro-leaves, they seem to last for months.
That's a lovely suggestion thanks.
now i am totally mortified...all i could think of was winter storage of outdoor furniture..thank heavens i have you all out there to keep me in line! i love these fabulous ideas...
Tee hee! Aren't they lovely ideas? (And I have the shed for storage so...)
Are you looking for things to grow? Know you are much further north than me but in the chilly North West Midlands, (I’m sure the left-over Snowdonia weather heads straight here) I am growing oriental salad leaves (pak choi, bok choi etc) radish and have just planted some overwintering garlic. Winter salad leaves are a good bet too, as Linda mentioned. You will probably have to cover with fleece. Sweet peas and broad beans can go in soon as well, I think.
I bought the oriental leaves as a growing salad pack from one of the supermarkets, divided it up and planted the small sections.
I've had problems with moulds in the greenhouse in wet winters before so am not sure about growing things....your crops sound lovely. I may give it another try!
Might it be worth a little more effort to raise the soil level a bit? I have used home made compost/potting compost/leaf mould to make very small beds to grow my crops. Don’t know how this will work out in deepest winter yet though. I have sandy soil, plus the south westerlies charging up the Cheshire Plain, so mould doesn’t really stand a chance here.
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