Greenhouse relocation (stage 1)

Some fabulous allotment neighbours gave us a greenhouse!

Okay, the whole story is a little more complicated than that – being a saga of two family plots on one site and one plot being given up because people were moving out of the area, and then which plot to keep and which to let go … it was actually quite a difficult process and it reminded me that while I often think allotments are all about crops and growing things, they are actually about communities and that is both the strength and the weakness of allotment life. When you have a good community spirit and strong administrative structures (as I believe we do on our site) it works well, but if either of those are missing, it becomes a less pleasant experience to be an allotment-holder.

Anyway, back to the generous offer – the plot being given up was just a couple of plots away from #103, where we have spent the past couple of weeks taking down odd, ramshackle structures like the ‘woodshed’ and the ‘leaning thing’, leaving us just the ‘voodoo shed’ and the ‘door shed’ (the door shed is largely made out of doors) and so we had space to take on a greenhouse.

It did mean doing some swift research on the best way to disassemble and reassemble such a structure and we were advised to:

1. Number all the glass panels in situ
2. Take lots of photos
3. Keep the frame intact if possible.

And that’s what we did. As you can see, we spent a bit of time anointing each pane of glass or polycarbonate with a number or letter before OH removed them from the frame. I was busy cleaning out the voodoo shed (at last) to store the glass panes in, for later reinsertion. Ray helped us ‘walk’ the aluminium frame down the path, to the main ‘road’ and back up the path on #103 were we dumped it unceremoniously in the middle of nowhere.

By this time we were pretty tired, but we still had to move all the glass and stack it vertically on the staging in the voodoo shed. It was dark by the time we finished and that meant we forgot to pick up the staging which we’d meant to break up and burn (it was quite rotten around the footings) but when I emailed our generous donors to apologise for the oversight they said it didn’t matter, they’d take care of it.

So we have a frame and some glass and when we get time we shall make a proper base and set up our new greenhouse! Meantime the voodoo shed has finally been exorcised (and thoroughly attacked with a broom) and seems like a much nicer environment.

Aren’t we lucky?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Blogger Octoberclub said...

Looks good. I did exactly the same thing - numbering, photos, put labels on each section, but I think they may have fallen off now after being stored under tarpaulin all Winter. How are you doing the base? I thought a trench with sand and a course of bricks to raise might be enough.

February 23, 2011 at 2:51 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

When you've finished yours perhaps you could come and give us a hand with putting ours back together? :D

February 23, 2011 at 3:31 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

Reminds me of happy memories of taking my greenhouse for a walk last year after I got one form a neighbour....happy days.. :-)

February 23, 2011 at 5:09 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Very lucky. What are you planning to grow in it?

February 23, 2011 at 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Damo said...

Great to get a free greenhouse, I'm sure you'll grow loads of good stuff in there.

February 26, 2011 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger Plantaliscious said...

Sounds wonderful - though having only just found your blog I am now going to have to look in to why you have a voodoo shed at all... Exciting about the greenhouse, hope it goes back together well.

February 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Octoberclub - we numbered ours with greenhouse paint - how did you do yours? We are going for the sand base and brick coursework as well.

February 28, 2011 at 3:49 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna - when we put the greenhouse up at home, I just made the tea and cakes and left OH to do the greenhouse jigsaw bit!

February 28, 2011 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Damo, Plantilicious, Tanya - thank you!

Judy - this is going to be for cucumbers and aubergines. The one at home is for peppers, chillies and tomatoes. That's the plan, anyway!

February 28, 2011 at 3:52 AM  

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