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Discussion in 'Greenhouse Growing' started by Spacemunkey, Feb 4, 2017.

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    Hi, I've bought a greenhouse (an elite craftsman 8 x 6) it's being delivered on Tuesday It being sited on a breeze block foundation for greater height. I really don't know if I should concrete the internal of the greenhouse and grow from grow bags and pots or if I should plant directly into the soil. Any advice would be most welcome
     
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      Welcome to Gardeners Corner :sign0016:

      Think most of us grow direct from the soil with a few slabs down the middle :)
       
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        Thank you for the advice and the welcome Zigs.
         
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          Zigs, I have another question do I use just the soil or do I mix compost into the soil??
           
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          No worries :)

          Always best to build up the soil's fertility, so anything organic dug in helps. Good handful of Blood, Fish and Bonemeal helps too.

          Plants benefit from a liquid feed as the year goes on, you can either make your own or use off the shelf feeds :)
           
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            I was considering concrete but I think I'm going to go with soil. Thanks Zigs
             
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            Using the soil is OK, but it depends a lot on what you want to grow.
            Toms, which a lot of people tend to start out growing, very quickly come up against soil disease problems after three years or so.
            If you are going to vary the crop you can get away with it, but if not, I'd be inclined to go with the soil idea for a few years with the idea that some time in the future you will need to perhaps go over to container growing.
             
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              Yes I'd like to start with tomatoes and cucumbers and chilli. Would I need to dig out the soil and replace every couple of years?
               
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                Well I kind of think that is the approach you might need to think about.
                 
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                  ive made up my mind and I'm definitely going to go for the planting directly into the soil. Thank you everyone
                   
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                    I like the welsh lol
                     
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                      You might change your mind later once you've seen how fast weeds can develop in the lovely warm, humid environment of a greenhouse.
                       
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                        Hi @Spacemunkey . It is very important to do crop rotation in a soil-greenhouse. Basically you divide the planting area into 4 (or more) parts and grow crops from different families in them. Rotate the crops next year.

                        You should be able to find more information by searching 'crop rotation in greenhouse' or something similar.
                         
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                          Yeah that is also an issue. But it is only a 8x6. should be manageable...
                           
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                          Welcome to Gardeners Corner, SM:thumbsup::snorky: If you go with just soil in the Green House first, and don't like it, you can then try concrete..........but if you went with concrete first........:dunno::whistle:
                           
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                            I have 2 small greenhouses which I situated on my deck because I never intend to grow in anything but containers within them. I have enjoyed the fact that I can shift things around if I have initially placed them in a spot which later proves unsatisfactory.

                            I have only had my greenhouses 5 years but have been thoroughly happy with these extenders. We are deep in the middle of our winter 15f temps so the greenhouses will stay empty for another six weeks.

                            You will love having your greenhouse and I am excited to see another greenhouse grower here!

                            Welcome to the forum!
                             
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                              I too, am excited. Hopefully by the end of summer I've managed to grow something apart from weeds lol. The smell of tomatoes growing in a greenhouse is something I remember as a child from my grandfathers. It's weird how smells can evoke a memory :)
                               
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                                Same here, my Dad didn't grow tomatoes but I lived with an uncle for a while and he grew them. He used to tell us that he fed them with Sheep's wee. Being 7 at the time I took that for granted, but as I grew up I started to think..

                                Hold on a minute, how on earth do you get Sheep's wee :scratch:

                                Saw him at a funeral a few years back and asked him. Turns out he'd found an old septic tank and used to pump that up as tomato feed :doh:
                                 
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