I bought a greenhouse from B&Q, a standard 6ftx6ft aluminium job, and it being a clearance sale it was a *really* good price. It was however an experience putting it up – the box had obviously been on the shelf for some time and a snail had eaten half the instructions. But it was a good price and I pride myself on building Ikea furniture so a lump of glass and aluminium was not going to pose me too many problems. Well, it has been 2 and a half days and I still have 4 panes of glass to go in and I need to fix the door because all the ball bearings fell out of one of the runners. It would have been quicker if half the glass wasn’t smashed in the packs and the instructions for glazing that I was promised in the frame instructions would be in the glazing packs, were actually in the glazing packs. But trial and error, a modicum of resourcefulness and the thing is mostly up. It is enormous and dominates our garden in a way I didn’t really want it to, but once the thing is bursting with melons, cucumbers, tomatoes and chillis I will soon get over it.
The instructions say it takes most of a day to put up which I think is probably optimistic.
I must commend a worker at B&Q in Longwell Green, South Gloucestershire, when I was getting replacement glass who, though his colleagues swore there was no glass packs anywhere in the shop, he ignored them and rustled me up a pack. Good customer service and human kindness, he must have seen the look on my face when I thought I was never going to finish the thing and had mercy on me. Somebody give the man a promotion.
The Sharks Fin Melon I had (have) growing in the backyard is still alive, miraculously, in December. It has survived more than one frost so I can absolutely confirm it is hardier than other squashes. How much frost it can take we will soon see, but I would be tickled it if it makes it through the winter to grow on in the Spring (it is a perennial as well). There is some frost damage on the outer leaves but they seem to be shielding the inner ones. It is a very bland squash but is no worse than a courgette so I may use it in the same way from now on. I said in a previous post that its seeds aren’t hard, well they are hard when the fruit gets large and matures, so eat them younger.
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