One of the core principles we have for the allotment is to scavenge and reuse wherever we can. I’d like to stand on my soapbox and say that it’s all for the sake of the environment, but penny pinching is probably the bigger part of it.
Our greenhouse is around 60 years old. It’s made of cedar, and was a little on the rickety side when we got it. The best thing about it though, was that it was free. All I had to do was take it down and transport it 15 miles down the road.
It took me a little while to put it back together again on our plot (Tess would probably say it took me far too long), but for a short period it stood proudly at the end of our allotment as if it had been there for years. I say for a short period, as we live on the top of a hill and it gets very windy up here. I won’t go into the gory details, but I really should have anchored it down.
As odd as it may sound, one of the best things that happened to us on our allotment journey was our garden fence blowing down. We used the salvaged wood to transform the battered greenhouse into a kind of shed/greenhouse hybrid. It’s a lot sturdier now, and too heavy for the wind to lift – and I’ve grown rather fond of its shabby makeover.
This will hopefully be a game changer come the spring. I’m sure there are plenty of updates from the potting greenhouse to come.