From not having a greenhouse (functioning) to having a greenhouse that is almost full has happened very quickly.
Outside it is cold (for June) and very dry, made worse by bouts of wind (you can read that any way you like!). So very little is growing or making progress in the back garden. In a sense, I was relieved to read on Charles Dowding’s website that he, an expert gardener, was having to deal with the same issues. At least, it can’t all be my gardening technique!
Anyway, as I have no more grow bags, I decided to investigate the borders for planting. On one side of the greenhouse, there is some useable soil, which has not been used for growing anything other than garlic and rocket since I have had the house. However, the other side was garden path and the soil there is very compacted.
In the hole above I put lots of organic matter and then I built up the soil with compost and manure round the courgette I put over the hole. The courgette is in a sorry state after being outside to be hardened off – unsuccessfully, due to the aforementioned weather conditions.
But now it is in a warmer, sheltered environment, I hope it will have a chance of survival and, you never know, it might produce some fruit.
On the other hand, the tomato plant and aubergine plant that went in the opposite border with some reasonable soil are already healthy specimens, which I want to keep that way. They will, I am sure, enjoy the slightly more comfortable temperatures (24 degrees C as I finished up) than they have had, even overnight, in the house.