The unofficial musings of the gardeners of Worcester College. This site does not necessarily represent the views of Worcester College and its members.
Monday, 21 December 2015
Cleaning The Greenhouse Roof
The Dirty Roof
Still taking advantage of the unseasonably warm days this winter, a task usually completed during the warm summer days, is undertaken, the cleaning of the greenhouse roof. The inside is cleaned once the greenhouse has been emptied of all the plants, see blog entry 6th August 2015 'Adding A Little Bit Of Sparkle To The Greenhouse'.
Panes Of Dirty Glass
The outside of the roof has not been cleaned for a number of years and has got very dirty due to the large amount of dirt and dust from the neighbouring building site. Starting on the south facing side Danny cleans the panels of glass with a long pole brush dipped in a mix of warm water and washing up liquid followed by a wash down of cold water. By mid afternoon the south facing side is complete and, as if on cue, the sun comes out to dry the roof glass off. The north facing side will be cleaned early next year on another warm day should this warm spell continue.
Cleaning The Roof
South Facing Side Clean/North Facing Side Dirty
The newly cleaned glass now lets in more light, the environment in the greenhouse has just got warmer and brighter, perfect for growing plants.
Oxford, The gardens are usually open afternoons 2-5pm (Winter 2-4pm)
We're a motley crew varying in age and experience, bravely lead by the head of gardens and grounds, Simon Bagnall. Nine of us in total:
Simon - Head Of Gardens And Grounds,
Ady - Foreman, Second in Command,
Ali - All round plantswoman and blog writer, Kieron - Hippy Handyman & Fruit Tree Guru,
Joss - Grass Aficionado,
Graham - Good Ole Boy,
Callum - No Longer A Budding Apprentice, Qualified!, Andy - Groundsman, Peter - Apprentice