Great to be back in Somerset to complete the relatively small "Mike" greenhouse (2.8m long by 2.2m wide).
Even the hand-lathed finials on the roof are made entirely from accoya - so the whole greenhouse is guaranteed for 50 years even if you do decide not to keep up the painting (which should last 10 years between touch-ups anyway).
We moved a large trough onto flat ground around the back of the greenhouse and I diverted the drainpipe into it. My customer's next job is to add good soil into the raised beds inside and move the potted tomatoes inside.
A beautiful, and very large, garden this week and I've been asked to build a "Mark" greenhouse right in the middle of some really nice established beds - it was a tight squeeze getting the materials and mixer in among the plants.
It's hard to imagine how it's going to look when you just lay the battens on such uneven ground. There were many tonnes of soil to remove from inside to get everything down to a level point - thankfully the soil was quite easy to dig out and the ground was solid with a decent amount of clay to build the foundations up on.
There was so much rain on the 3rd or 4th day starting at around 2pm and going right through to 9:30 when I finished for the day. I managed to carry on working by digging out and laying foundations for the internal wall and cold frames outside. Finding a large tree root took some of the time too.
A few infill cuts to make to complete the floor and then brush in kiln dried sand to lock it all together. I'll do that when I return in a few weeks to build the greenhouse structure.
This is the "Tim" greenhouse (4m long by 3.5m wide) built entirely in accoya with a 50 year guarantee. My customers chose the colour anthracite for the paint finish. The aim was to build a greenhouse which seems in place with the house and other buildings around it and we were all pleased with the end result.
This isn't a big garden, and there are a few neighbours, so we want to maximise the space but not build within 2m of the boundary so we don't get any planning issues. I'm building a "Mike" greenhouses - 2.2m wide by 2.8m long - but it's tall with a 2m high door and 45deg pitch roof so it's very spacious inside.
My first, of two, visits here is to build all the base - and the grounds was really hard going with loads of rubble. Thankfully, this rubble will make a useful base for pathways elsewhere in the garden so I bagged it up for use later.
.....and we put together a little video of the project too.
Scorching hot weather this week - and ground I had to pick axe throughout - but refreshing rain just as soon as I had finished all the brickwork - PERFECT TIMING!
This one is the popular "Tim" option - built from accoya and measuring 4m long by 3.5m wide with a 2m wide porch.
That's the base done. I'll return in a couple of weeks or so with the completed top and all the glass and shelving.
THANK YOU so much everyone who supported my marathon run for Ethan. It was hoped that a few thousand would be raised for Welsh Air Ambulance and Young Minds charities - but at the last count £75,000 raised.
You'd have thought I'd won judging by this picture. I was actually near to the last - but what a welcome from the folks in St Asaph.
I hope all is well with you and you’re enjoying the sun.
When we last spoke in the winter when you completed our greenhouse, I promised that I would send some photos of the complete patio path area and flower beds around the greenhouse. Most of the flowers you see are grown from seed and bulbs from the greenhouse so it’s already providing some yield, and although not in full bloom yet it’s certainly giving a taste of what it’ll look like in the height of summer.
Thank you again for all your amazing work Robin. We absolutely love our greenhouse and it very much completes our garden.
I had a great time at Paul and Debbie's this week building a "Jill" greenhouse on top of the base I'd struggled to build on their sloping ground. The weather was fantastic so I just plodded on each day - before returning home for one evening after the autovents I had ordered months ago eventually turned up (****** Brexit!).
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