What’s growing in the greenhouse

Despite experiencing some rather strong winds in the Blue Mountains that have seen power outages and road closures, my little greenhouse has stood up exceptionally well. I was awoken several times throughout the night by howling winds and thought that I may have taken some damage but everything is fine. I have had no door on it for almost a year but finally fixed one up a couple of days ago as the greenhouse was attempting to fly. If I had not done that it would be gone by now. Here are a few pics of my greenhouse bounty.


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Posted on July 7, 2011, in Garden design, Greenhouse, Seed raising, Seedlings and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Maggie,

    I don’t have a “Non-Costly” option for you as all my attempts with free materials have resulted in similar experiences to your own. I have also found that having a poor seed raising mixture only increases germination failure costing you more on the seed end. I use 2.5 parts coco coir (AKA coco peat), 2 parts homemade compost and 0.5 parts course sand or fine basalt rock dust. The coir costs me $36 for a 25kg bale (Made by a company called Galuku) and I probably get around 4000-5000 seedlings out of that. There is a plant called Kenef which can be substituted for coir but you would struggle to grow it in Leura as it is a tropical annual. The main importance for the coir is its ability to “Re-wet”. If it drys out you can water it and it will be fine. Most other organic matter become water repellant after drying out. If I could get around buying coir I would but since I started to use it, I get superior seedlings. Also I forgot to mention that the compost needs to be sieved using a mesh of 10mm or smaller to help with drainage. I buy sand or rock dust bulk from landscape yards, bag it up at home and store it. By doing that the cost goes from $6 per bag to about $1.


  2. Well Done!! What good luck. Everything looking great.

    I was wondering if you could share your seedling mix receipt with me?? I couldn’t make it to your work shop.

    I just do a mix of very fine leaf mulch and sand. Which is mostly OK. But it can get a little bit solid and dense and slightly water resistant after a while. Any suggestions out there??? And I am looking for non-costly options??

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