Non-exciting Greenhouse News

I promised you a greenhouse update, so here goes – we may not be quite in the league of my friend’s parents yet, but in the past two years the top back corner of the garden has gone from looking like this:

chicken shed

To this

pile of shed parts

To this

large pile of soil

To this



That’s because the other half is in charge of both weed strimming, and greenhouse erection and care and maintenance. This makes for poor blogging material as he largely just undramatically gets on with doing things properly: tying up the plants and supporting them, cutting out the side shoots the way the books say you should, keeping on top of the weeding. Hell, we’ve got an automatic watering system and everything.

watering system

As a result of my complete lack of involvement in the project, everything is coming along very nicely. In fact, we’re awaiting the ripening of all the tomatoes with some trepidation…

tomatoes ripening

Not to mention the tomatilloes, and several different varieties of chillies …


If I have one complaint, it’s that the current version suffers from a bug that means no sooner have I managed to dispose of one courgette in a not-too-revolting way, another one (usually bigger than the last) appears in the kitchen. Clearly it’s time to accelerate the ‘learning to love courgettes’ project. We made a start with this Madhur Jaffrey recipe which was actually quite nice (and probably would have been nicer if I’d followed the instructions and put in ground roasted cumin seeds at the end instead of whole coriander seeds instead). Turns out, most things can be tolerated, and even enjoyed, if you smother them in enough cream…


6 Responses to Non-exciting Greenhouse News

  1. Ellen says:

    The greenhouse looks amazing!

  2. Lizzie says:

    I am so impressed with your greenhouse and its contents!! I sympathise with your need to learn to love courgettes, and as I picked up a free one from outside somebody’s house this week your post has sent me scuttling to my own book of recipes. I knew I’d got a courgette one that I’d made up in there somewhere…… Goes back to 1994. I wrote at the end that it was very tasty so thought you might like to have it! I’m a great one for simplicity too, hence the short list of ingredients and all stuff I’d have had in the cupboard.

    Pea and Courgette Rissoles

    2 grated courgettes (probably should do the salting and leaving thing but I doubt if I did!)
    1 lb peas
    1 packet Chiltern Herbs stuffing mix (don’t know whether you can still get this but I’m sure there’s something similar)
    I egg, beaten
    S and P

    Mix all ingredients together, then make into rissole shapes, coat in breadcrumbs and fry.

    I’ve also written “Nice with baked spuds and cheese”.

    I shall in fact make it myself this week!!

  3. disgruntled says:

    @Ellen – it is, I just wish I could take any credit
    @Lizzie – ah, sounds interesting – might give that a go.

  4. Looks fabulous! We are still using our greenhouse in a rather unconventional manner; i.e, without glass. But it does make access to the back of the garden easier because we can just walk through the greenhouse frame 😉

  5. […] I’ve shown you the other half’s greenhouse, and someone else’s garden altogether, but what of my own veg gardening? Are those raised […]

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