Sunday, 5 April 2015

The Greenhouse and Ecotherapy

Well here she is - our beautiful little lean to greenhouse :) Oh how long my poor hubby has waited for a more permanent greenhouse than those little plastic covered ones you buy and have to throw away after one year. This is a true treat! I have a feeling that he may even have named it, but that's between him and the greenhouse ;)


As you can see it's not that big but it is marvellous (size isn't everything); just the way it fits so perfectly under the shed guttering and still there's room between it and our back garden fence so a cold frame and lots of pots could sit there and we'd have a full little nursery :) The plastic is sturdy and thick and though it was all flat pack, Andrew didn't have any problems at all; it was up in a jiffy.

The hubby also made the tiered shelving yesterday whilst I sat and watched - there was a lot of geometry going on which would have made my brain melt if I'd paid attention, but luckily I know maths and I are fierce enemies, I just don't go into it's territory. Anyway, I'm so proud of him, it fits so neatly and there's a feeling of lots of growing space now.


Above: Super happy little broad bean seedlings

Below : Our potato collection.
* On the right are our Sharp's Express which chitted perfectly but then the weather went a bit nuts on us and there was much rain, gales and even frost so they are dried out and useless :(
* On the left lies our hope of spuds this year now, they're Pentland Javelin and though they aren't fabulously chitted, they will have to do, hoe hum..


So, yep I did nothing to help yesterday at all, whilst Andrew worked and created and planted seeds and what not. No, a big part of Ecotherapy (at home or the allotments) for me is to allow myself to simply sit and breathe. The very act of being outside can be such a push that it is therapy enough to merely experience nature. Look past those weeds, ignore the work that needs done and instead listen. Listen to the trees rustle, the birds singing, the voices of others, your own heartbeat. And just be in the moment.

That's not what I did today, my friends! But it's what I needed yesterday and I feel all the better because of it :)

Love and Hugs
Carrie

12 comments:

  1. Enjoy your new greenhouse! The seedlings look very happy in their new home.

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    1. Isn't it super, Andrew found the makers online, they're in England. There's loads more seedlings now ;) xxx

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  2. Lovely new greenhouse, I'm green with envy! Glad you had a good relaxing day, just sitting and watching. CJ xx

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    1. It's a great wee thing! Yep, I enjoyed watching him work away. There's something about woodworking and the smell of the sawdust that is so comforting. Hugs xx

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  3. Hooray for the Greenhouse! Everybody should have one.

    I have trouble with sit and breathe -- I see too many things I need to jump up and do right away but that's just me. Perhaps soon you can progress to 'stick your finger in a container of potting soil.' However I warn you that it can lead to begging to plant just a fistful of seeds.

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    1. Everyone should have one - they're great.
      I do work very hard in the allotment but I just took this one day to sit and enjoy the nature - it's great for you. You must learn to sit and breathe Jean! xxx

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  4. I have to say that as I don't have a greenhouse of any kind I am a touch envious.
    I would have said that those Sharpe's Express potatoes could still have been planted as seed potatoes do go like that!
    Take care, and happy gardening, Flighty xx

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    1. This is tiny but just perfect Flighty, maybe it could be the greenhouse solution for you - all gardeners should have one!
      We are only growing 2 wee rows of spuds this year so we wanted the best, the sharp's express were getting really quite disintegrated so Andrew wasn't happy.
      Hugs and love xxx

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  5. That looks to be a really handy little greenhouse

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  6. Oh oh oh! That very efficient greenhouse looks the perfect size for your purposes. And not having to purchase one each season? Yes! Your beautiful spuds are making me dream of them perfectly cooked and drenched in butter ;-)

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  7. Sitting and breathing outside, instead of cabin fever while builders renovate around me - yes please.
    Getting at the kitchen to cook once they are all done here - yes please.
    Being in the garden - oh, yes please!!

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