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A home for VFTs in winter

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I know that an unheated greenhouse is a good place to keep VFTs over winter, how good would the following be though?

Small poly growhouse like this (I have a 4 tier one - £10 from ASDA!):

http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/product/prod...p;PRODID=176771

Would a layer of bubble wrap help?

Cold frame like this:

http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/product/prod...p;PRODID=176776

Any other ideas for housing VFTs during the UK winter?

Cheers,

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Guest Aidan

Either would be suitable. The cold-frame is perhaps the better bet. The growhouse will be unstable unless securely anchored.

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I may buy a coldframe...where to put it though..

If I don't get one in time, what should I do, refrigerator??

:?

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i used both and the only difference from the greenhouse is the condensation (not a problem if you dont mind getting rained on every time you enter!) as aidan said anchor it down, a couple of bricks on the bottom shelf worked for me.

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I have a couple of cheap plastic coldframes, with zippered tops (like they're going to last, Not). I wove some plastic string across the base tubes and sit the water trays on that to anchor it down. Less than a tenner each so why should I complain.

I've had smaller growhouse blown over, so an absolute necessity is good anchorage.

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I have one of those greenhouses on my balcony....So its hard to blow away..But just to be sure I put a big rock on the bottom shelf..

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Guest Sheila

If you can secure the growhouse it will be better purely because you can get so much more in it. It won't take long to fill up a coldframe.

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It would seem that making sure the growhouse is securely anchored is most important! I feel a minor engineering project coming on.

Thanks everyone.

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my growhouse came with pegs, and i secured the guyropes by pegging them and then attaching a brick to the excess rope

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I used a cold frame last winter and it worked a treat. I have found a glass one for 40 squid in the local garden centre and think I might upgrade... more room and more light.

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the 4 tier one from asda are of a flimsy quality - the plastic struts are too soft, i loaded one with cps (in trays with water) and the next day the whole thing was leaning at a similar angle to the leaning tower of Pisa. I was lucky not to loose everything onto the floor ! B+Q's are more expensive but of a sturdier nature - ive had 2 for 3 years and are still going strong. You pays yer money, you makes yer choice...........

Phil

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I haven't noticed the struts being too soft, but I haven't loaded mine up that much.

I actually thought the asda one was a better thought out design. It came with its own pegs to secure it to the ground, it has some bars across the top to stop the plastic sagging (and collecting rain water) and has slightly more headroom on the top shelf.

Cheers,

Chris

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Guest Thrud

I’ve got a similar plastic green house, got it from my local Index shop before it closed down. The type I’ve got is a metal construction but I had to modify it because one of the holes for the screws was missing. I’ve also got a winter cover for it shaped exactly like the plastic cover but made out of fleece complete with a zip door. The packet says it’s good down to –8C does anyone know if I leave the plastic cover on and just pull the other cover over the top or do I remove the plastic cover and just use the fleece?

Thanks

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I’ve got a similar plastic green house, got it from my local Index shop before it closed down. The type I’ve got is a metal construction but I had to modify it because one of the holes for the screws was missing. I’ve also got a winter cover for it shaped exactly like the plastic cover but made out of fleece complete with a zip door. The packet says it’s good down to –8C does anyone know if I leave the plastic cover on and just pull the other cover over the top or do I remove the plastic cover and just use the fleece?

Thanks

If the fleece is not waterproof then I would just put it over the plastic cover that is already on the growhouse. Your plants still need light even in the winter months and can usually withstand quite low temperatures anyway, so I would only use it at night time when temperatures are excessively low.

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Guest Puer

Since I don't have opportunity of having those greenhouses, can anyone suggest a " do it yourself" greenhouse just to put my dionae?

I've researched but I haven't find anything good.

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Guest Aidan

A simple propagator will be suitable for a few plants. Propagators are available from garden centres or via the Web priced from a few Euros and up.

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I have all my VFT in an unheatened room in my house, it has an

east und south facing window, the temperates are lowest -5 C.

They sleep very well till its time to hunt insects.

The plants stand on a windowsill on polystyrene.

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:evil: It gets to -5 indoors. I could not live in a house that gets that cold. Central heating, double glazing and cavity wall insulation are absolute necessities for me. It would take more than the love of CPs for me to live in those conditions.

Have you considered moving :evil:

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Dear Sheila,

I´m not an Inuit, it is only one room, that´s I mean, this room is not used

for living in, so I confiscated it for my hobby.

Not the whole house is as there. Are you calmed down ?

Stay cool ;-D winter comes

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I keep my house nice and warm. Even if I turned the heating off completely in one room, the heat in the rest of the house would stop that room from sinking to the low temperatures in your unheated room. -5 in any room indoors makes me shiver with the thought. My days of scraping frost from the insides of the windows are long gone.

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Ohhh, Sheila that´s typicall ladies ;-D.

The house is about fourty years old, the walls are not modern state and

one windows is open during the half day. Anyway the room is separated

by a corridor from the heated part of the house.

I hope i got you in wintermood so you are prepaered for arctic part of

the year (Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr).

My plants say" all that doesn`t kill us makes us only harder".

Wish you a warm and sunny autumn.

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