When I Start My Greenhouse

Reader Contribution by Debbie Francis
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The closer spring gets the more excited I get. Come the first week of February, I get all happy inside, and that’s when I start l cleaning out and sprucing up my greenhouse. Now I know I could use the greenhouse all winter long, but my heat source is wood. Well, small farm and small woods, or buy wood. I’m on a fixed income so I use my greenhouse until late November and stop until the third week of February.

Now comes the good old cleaning and refreshing the dirt. Good old compost, mixed with fresh garden or potting soil, and turn it over a few times. That seems to work wonders for me. Then I spruce up the potting area, and the floors. I plant the seeds the third week of February, and they’re pushing up the soil by March. Then I make sure I have something to pot in.

The greenhouse in the winter with smoke coming out the chimney.

The raised bed in the greenhouse where I’ve started to plant.

I have a raised bed inside the greenhouse that I plant in, but when I transfer the seedlings to the garden I always replant into containers because the plants have to harden off before they go to the garden in May. I have tables and plastic flats that I put the plants into to take outside to another table setup beside the greenhouse during the day before the plants are large enough to plant. At evening chores I then put the plants back inside the greenhouse for the night. I do this for a week or a little longer, depends how the plants are doing.

A raised bed of greens that are ready to pick.

Different plants go into the garden at different times, but by Mother’s Day, I get to enjoy the warm days of weeding and cultivating the garden. All the while anticipating the bounties that I will receive. I also secession plant until late November, then the whole thing gets to start all over again. Don’t you just love that?

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