Sunday, 13 May 2012

Tips if you have a plastic greenhouse

So, if you have been reading this blog for a while you will remember when I got my greenhouse and placed it loosely against the wall:

Pride and joy in a nice warm corner of the patio.

And you will remember when this happened:

My very sad view one morning after the storm; those are my chillis all exploded everywhere inside it.

Anyway, I decided to attach the greenhouse down with tent pegs to ensure it could never been blown over again.

Pegged down the bottom of the greenhouse with alternating pegs.

Anyway, this has NOT been enough; I got back from a night away yesterday and found that the wind had got inside the greenhouse and lifted the poles out of their little seats (as bottom left of above picture) and ripped the plastic cover and it was all fallen over again. I was so upset I forgot to take a picture of it.

Anyway, I thought about this problem and came up with a solution which I would advise all of you to pay attention to if you have one of these things.

I bought some string and tied each layer together and to the base, which is pegged to the ground, so now it is solid from base to top and (hopefully) won't ever blow over ever again ever. Ever.

A detail of how I tied my greenhouse together.

Fully tied together greenhouse (you'll have to look pretty closely to see the string)

Anyway, this is a TOP TIP so I thought I should share it.

If you are interested, I got the greenhouses from this online store, they were very helpful.


  1. Next tip. Sprinkle gravel all over the base or the snails will climb up it and eat EVERYTHING

  2. So we had a pretty good storm last night and the greenhouse survived :) got another predicted for tonight so will report back again tomorrow :)

    So far so good.