Friday, May 12, 2017

The New Greenhouse

One of my new projects for the garden was the construction of a greenhouse. Due to living on a mountain, my gardens has very limited level areas. I decided that I wanted a much smaller greenhouse than the 11 x 15 foot heated greenhouse that I once had. I needed a greenhouse for potting, starting seeds and propagation. The new greenhouse is only 6 x 8 and not heated but it will work for me.

I built the greenhouse on the ground and graveled the floor. It sits next to my storage shed and doesn't get lots of sun which is what I wanted. I can control my temperatures much better. I still want to add a potting table and additional shelving.

The greenhouse is a Palram greenhouse. It was easy to build and the instructions were easy to follow. I built it by myself over a three day period. It took around a total of 8 hours for one person to build.
It has an aluminum frame with advanced 4 mm twin polycarbonate roof that reduces solar UV by 99.9%. It came with a 5 year warranty, rain gutters and a magnetic locking door. The side walls are clear and allow for 90% light transmission. The roof does come with a vent that can be opened and closed.

When it arrive by UPS it came in two boxes. One box contained all the frame pieces, screws, nuts and bolts and the other box contained all of the polycarbonate wall and roofing materials.

I am very happy with my new greenhouse. The price was good and it serves my current needs in a greenhouse. If you decide to purchase a greenhouse, always do your homework and purchase a bigger greenhouse than what you need. This is my third greenhouse that I have purchased over 25 years. Always consider the price of electrical work, heating and cooling expenses, construction and greenhouse equipment when purchasing.

Happy Gardening!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spring in the Garden - 2017

This year is starting out to be a great year. After last years drought, we are finally getting rain and the garden is growing very well. I couldn't be more pleased. I thought I would bring you up to date on how the garden has changed in one year and the progress I have been making. In the upper picture you can see that I have added a walkway down to a new area which is the new rose garden. I had to remove lots of mountain laurel to open this area up. Off to the right and behind the shed is a small secret garden.
You can see the new shed that was added last year and a tree rose that is now in bloom.

The pathways were all graveled  including the new path that leads from the back of the house, up the hill and to the front of the house.

I currently have two rose gardens and both had drip irrigation added during the winter. The roses are starting to show lots of blooms.

This is the new perennial cutting garden and this year it is growing very well.

I have added lots of daylilies to the hill above the new retaining wall. I should have lots of color from daylilies this year with the addition of many new plants.

I added the new split rail fence to the garden that divides the perennial bed from the new rose garden. I have climbing roses planted on the fence.

This photo shows the lower new rose garden all planted with the butterfly bench for seating.

I added a cold frame and a small greenhouse for plant propagation. I still need to gravel the greenhouse floor and add shelving. Hopefully this weeks project.

This is a new area that I opened up and part of it is a woodland shade garden and Japanese garden.

I moved many of my mini hostas to containers due to deer and the dry conditions. They seem to be growing better in the container than the ground.

This is the new train garden. I have the plantings done but I still need to add the track. The round plastic area is the layout for the track during the planting process. The black tunnel will be covered with cement and will look like a small mountain tunnel for the train.

The fish pond is up and running with new plantings of elephant ears. The koi had been busy destroying the planting as fast as I add them. Still working on that problem.

It is hard to tell from this picture, but my garden sits down below the house on a hill and it looks out to a beautiful mountain view of Rumbling Bald Mountain.

Looks like 2017 is going to be a good year in my garden if the rain continues. If not, I have drip irrigation to fall back on. I have had a busy winter in the garden and I am happy the garden is starting to grow and produce. I hope you have a great summer in your garden!

Happy Gardening!

'Golden Shadows' Pagoda Dogwood

Years ago, I purchased a very small tree that was only 6 to 8 inches tall. It was a 'Golden Shadows' Pagoda Dogwood. It had beau...