I nearly had heart failure when I threw back the curtains this morning. The shed and the flat roof was covered in frost and I hadn't switched the heaters on in the Greenhouse!!!!!!!!!
Then I remembered, I'd purchased these nifty little fan heaters that have a frost thermostate on them, and you just leave them on and they switch themselves on and off according to the temps! No more rushing around in the dead of night becuase the 10.30pm weather forecast says FROST!!!!!
I don't know if anyone else has thermometers around the garden, I do. I'm always fascinated how temps vary so much in different parts of the garden. This as you can see is my oldest and really needs to be replaced
the maximum is 'maxed' out but the minimum still works and as you can see went down to about 3C last night, this is on the patio in shade about 5ft off the ground.
The next one is down by the pond, also in shade on the side of the post with the light on it, about 5ft off the ground too
so here the garden is wider and to a certain extent more exposed so you would expect the temp to be lower, which it is. Only made it up to 11C yesterday, the wind was bitter though.
Then inside the big greenhouse with the fan doing its job we have
5C. Perfect, good little heater!
Then the small greenhouse
another good little heater.
The most exciting thing this morning when I was checking the greenhouses was this
my variagated Brug has flowered.
Then out and about in the garden the gunnera is about ready to be covered
my banana plantation on the patio
my baby banana at the bottom of the garden
After discussion on the Hardy Tropicals forum I have been informed that I don't need to straw wrap my bananas, which hubby will be relieved about, it saves him lugging bales of straw through the house, with me wittering on about the mess he's making!! lol!!! So this year we will be wrapping in fleece!! Fingers crossed. I have also decided that the gunnera instead of being cover with straw etc I am going to use the spent bark from the chicken run. At least I won't be chasing bits od starw around the garden all winter, just hope I have a garden left in the spring!
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