A few years ago, I bought a greenhouse in a clearance sale, and put it up in a sunny spot in our garden. I built some staging myself, and lined the top with a pond liner, as I was keeping carnivorous plants, which (in general) live in water. It was home to a good collection of these for about five years...
That picture was taken near the beginning, it got very full with them in the following years.
Roll on to today, and the carnies are (sadly) gone, mainly due to me having a very hectic winter, and not having time to care for them properly. Most of them dried out, and the few remaining are being nurtured back to health indoors.
The family are interested in having a go at growing some fruit and/or veg. As our garden has very poor soil, I was wondering about using the (now almost empty) greenhouse for this.
It's 8' long and 6' wide, meaning that anything I grow has to fit either on the staging (assuming I keep it) or on the opposite side, each of which only gives about 2' width.
A few questions spring to mind...
What fruit and veg would be suitable for the greenhouse? These need to be easy ones, as I want the children to take responsibility for some plants. None of us are expert gardeners either. We live in NW England, so don't get huge amounts of heat or sunshine, although the greenhouse gets a lot of light.
Would I be able to use the staging? As you can see, it's lined to hold water, which was fine for the carnies, but might not be such a good idea for other things. Would I have to provide drainage? If so, I'm not sure if the staging would be any good, as it's wood, which would rot if kept in direct contact with the draining water. I can't afford to buy new, and even building something else would probably not be an option.
If I do keep the staging, is it going to be deep enough? The ponds are about 3" deep, which was fine for the carnies, but my suspicion is that any fruit or veg would need deeper soil to grow.
Anyone able to give advice? Please let me know if there is any more information I can provide.
Thanks very much in advance.