Securing a plastic greenhouse to the ground

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  1. MrsTea

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    Hello,

    Yesterday I spoke to my mam about potentially replacing our current greenhouse. She said I should try a plastic greenhouse for this year until I have made up my mind about getting a new "proper" greenhouse.

    She suggested something like this:

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    I have to admit I am not convinced at all :nonofinger:. We live in a fairly windy area, and it would need pegging down.

    Do you know of any ways to properly secure such a plastic greenhouse so it doesn't blow away at the lighted gust of wind? Also: with this one being green, would the plants get enough light?

    My mam said I simply should put it inside the current broken greenhouse.. :rolleyespink:.. :heehee:.

    Any advice is appreciated. Have a lovely day!
     
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    I can't see any way of securing one of those. I have a couple of the smaller 'blow aways' and load the bottom shelf with slabs to keep it in place, but even that doesn't stop the plastic cover getting blown off every now and then. I think these things need to be in a very sheltered spot, inside your old greenhouse sounds like an idea.
     
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      Hello John,

      Thanks for your advice! So you think inside the old greenhouse might work? And I thought my mam was taking the mickey! :whistle:

      I found one for £25.- so maybe I should just give it a try.

      Thanks again! :)
       
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        Hello Nick,

        Thanks for the advice on the ground anchors!

        I hope that humidity inside the old greenhouse won't be an issue. This old thing is more holey than godly :snorky:.
         
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          As the others say, inside seems the best idea. The humidity shouldn't be too much of a problem as you can keep the door of the blowaway rolled up. Even with a lot of panes of glass missing from the old greenhouse there should be more than sufficient protection to keep the young plants happy inside the blowaway. Green is fine as it gives some shelter from the sun.
           
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            Thank you shiney, for the advice on the colour too. :) I opened another threat about the colour of the greenhouse. There is so much information on potential issues based on the right (or wrong) choice of colour that I got a bit confused.

            Thanks again! :)
             
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            There shouldn't be a problem with it as most plants that are brought on in the blowaway are not there permanently. They're there until they can be put outside somewhere - usually after danger of frost has gone. They're much happier being warmer than being bothered by the filtered light.
             
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              Hello shiney, I'd only use it for the cucumbers and maybe the scotch bonnets as they like it warm. And having the sun in the garden literally all day it's probably not a bad thing going for the green colour?
               
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              Both cucumbers and tomatoes like heat but cucumbers like high humidity and tomatoes don't. So it would work well for cues to be in the blowaway and toms outside in the greenhouse.

              Chillies are OK in both.
               
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                Thank you shiney! I still have so much to learn, and your advice is such a big help! :)

                Just been told that my cucumbers should not have been planted in potting soil, and that they're now too high and thin. I'm rather disappointed, but have learned something.
                 
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                I'm no expert on cues but I can't see what's wrong with potting soil.

                The seeds should be planted in potting compost. Once big enough they should be put into larger pots (at least 10") with good compost. You can use Grobags but they tend to dry out too much for cues. Grobags cut in half and stood on end (just like a large pot) are better than having the bags flat. I used to use 70litre bags of potting compost done that way. :blue thumb:

                You need to be careful when watering. They're not happy with water getting on the leaves so water around the plant.

                If they've got a bit leggy they may have not had enough light and also need potting on. They'll recover. :)

                If they're outdoor cues then they like a fairly rich soil so dig in some good garden compost and feed them once they have got going properly. The instructions are likely to be on the packet.
                 
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                  Shiney, you are a star! :hapydancsmil: Thank you so much for your advice! This will certainly help me a lot! :)
                   
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                    Me again...

                    Yesterday I saw a self-made greenhouse in one of the gardens around. It was made from old windows. I am only sharing this because I found it amazing! :hate-shocked:

                    I wish I had any DIY talent... (and a few spare old windows) :hapydancsmil:
                     
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