Getting it on in the Greenhouse - Or Trying To

| 1/15/2013 11:34:24 AM

A photo of Shannon SaiaHave you ever really wanted to do something that you know you shouldn’t – something that goes against all the laws of nature?

Yeah, me too.

 I mean, if you read gardening and suburban homesteading blogs you’ll start to recognize that there is a certain thread of Puritanism out there. I mean things like how you’re not “supposed” to grow hybrid plants because you can’t save the seeds. I understand that seeds are power. I’ve read The World According to Monsanto. And yet, I can’t resist planting Packman broccoli from Big Box every year because it matures so fast! I have broccoli months before I might otherwise have it.

And then there’s the whole peat moss thing. You’re not “supposed” to use peat moss as a garden supplement because it’s an unrenewable resource. I get that. I do. It’s just that peat moss is the one way that I know to lower my soil ph, and it takes me so long to acquire little pieces of scientific gardening knowledge like that that I’m reluctant to toss this one out the window and start all over again trying to figure out how to lower my soil ph.

And then there’s the mother of all foodie/suburban homesteading commandments – you’re not supposed to eat foods out of season. Which I imagine extends to the one that I have finally summoned up the courage to break – you’re not supposed to grow food out of season. But the truth is that I buy blueberries in winter. There. That’s right. I said it! I also buy peppers and strawberries and apples and bananas, and eggplants and zucchini and – let’s face it – I’m already a debauching suburban libertine.

So this year, I decided to go for it. That’s right. I got a greenhouse.

Cindy Murphy
1/20/2013 6:43:52 PM

Hi, Shannon. I've always wanted a greenhouse, too. Realistically though, it'd be difficult to find a place to put it; our yard is way too shady. I suppose I could rip out the perennial garden that's right up against the sidewalk in the front yard - it's nice and sunny there, but I kinda like the garden, and also like to see what's going on out my front window. Then there's the sunny side of the house - the only problem there is currently the driveway and garage occupy that space. Somehow, even though it involves the use of power tools, I think Hubs might have objections to ripping out the garage to erect a greenhouse. Sorry to hear you and your daughter had the flu - there's some nasty stuff floating around out there. Hope you're both feeling much better now.

S.M.R. Saia
1/20/2013 12:59:56 PM

N. Dave, I am with you on the GMO!!!!!!

1/17/2013 2:22:38 PM

Shannon, none of the nurseries here have fall vegetable plants. Hmmmm, could be an income niche there. I may have to buy some broccoli plants but I would really like to be able grow them myself. I guess I better start reading up on how to do that. I think for my area the broccoli seeds are planted indoors in the middle of February. I really don't have a problem with hybrids. It's just that the seeds are a one year seed. As long as the plants are available, use them. They do seem to be better and stronger plants. GMO plants? I'm not so sure that we should be meddling with DNA. Have a great hybrid day.

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