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My Way - by Derek L. Telford

My Greenhouses

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This is my 8' x 8'6" shoulder greenhouse at the rear of my garage.  It is heated by North Sea Gas and has electric bench heaters.  This is an insurance against power failures.


another view

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My North Sea Gas Shilton home heater a 1500 (1.5k.w.) Shilton heater. It has a thermocouple stat which operates mechanically and it is thus independent of any electric mains failure.

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Soil heating cable thermostat, set at 70F.  All of my benches are fitted with 75W soil heating cables with their thermostats.

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14'9" x 9' 'Elite' greenhouse with 7 x side vents and automatic 3 top vents.
 
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Each of my greenhouses has a hose and spray lance for easy watering.
I changed to a B&Q lance because of its great selection of types of spray.  The one I use most is the shower spray.  I use the mist spray on my rooted cuttings.

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Whilst shading may be stretched over the outside of the greenhouse, I prefer to pin mine onto the inside.

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Greenhouses are all lined with white netting for the exclusion of insects and white polythene for the shading of plants from the sun.
Coloured shading weakens the bloom colours.
The supplementary bubble insulation is removed in late April.

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Sectioned off end of 20' x 10'6" greenhouse which is lined with bubble insulation to conserve heat and is also lined with white polythene.  All three allotment greenhouses have 12" high benches.

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My summerhouse comes into use when all of the frosts have gone.  It is a 14' x 9' structure with bottom and top ventilation provided by 6" netted gaps.

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