Greenhouse Gardening: A Busy Weekend


| 4/5/2010 4:50:34 PM


Tags: Paul Gardener, Greenhouse gardening, Artichokes, Greenhouse, Garden planning,

ImageThis past weekend was a busy one around the 'stead. Dear wife's shoulder has been benefiting some from physical therapy and so she's been able to do a little more each day. That managed to free me up for the weekend to get into the yard for some serious clean up and even a little planting.

Last fall we invested in a proper greenhouse to do some greenhouse gardening. I had hoped to over-winter some tomatoes in there, but alas my dreams were slightly larger than my current abilities. (Admitting it is the first step in correcting it!) After winter had finally claimed the few plants that were in there for it's own, I essentially let the junk just pile up and the floor turn to weeds. Oh yeah, tomatoes won't over-winter, but I could have had fresh dandylion, arugula and cilantro salads nearly all winter.

The unfortunate side effect of this, that I hadn't anticipated, was that by letting weeds grow unfettered I gave a wonderfull little ecosystem to the aphids to over-winter in too! Yep, I blew that one! I think I've been proactive enough though to have caught the worst of it. I mixed up a batch of insecticidal soap and sprayed everything down with it this Saturday in order to kill off as many of them as I could. Then Sunday, I cut and killed all plant life down that was growing in between the stones and removed it straight to the trash can with any aphids that were on it in tow.

Here's the result. 

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Not too shabby huh? Even looks like I could get something growing in there if I tried. In fact, if you look closely in the back corner you'll see that I do. Right there on top of the water barrels that I added this weekend to help me stabilize the temperature in there.

Janice_3
4/16/2010 9:30:08 AM

Paul, We've had some reclaimed window sashes and two tempered sliding door panels that have been kicking around. Living in northern New Hampshire gave us plenty of time to make great winter plans to use them for a shed style greenhouse off our shed. It will get great sun about 70% of the day. We plan to make it large enough to bring our hot tub from the outside. We're looking at putting a line on the circulating pump that will run through an old cast iron radiator for heat. Of course, proper venting will also be taken in to consideration. I hope this will help us extend our short season. Your post has given me the energy I need to get up and get going on this project. I wish this project was already done since I woke up to another inch of snow this morning. My seeds are started and I'm ready to repot them into large pots and having a better place to put them will be heaven. I will certain post pictures as the project progresses.


Janice_3
4/16/2010 9:28:29 AM

Paul, We've had some reclaimed window sashes and two tempered sliding door panels that have been kicking around. Living in northern New Hampshire gave us plenty of time to make great winter plans to use them for a shed style greenhouse off our shed. It will get great sun about 70% of the day. We plan to make it large enough to bring our hot tub from the outside. We're looking at putting a line on the circulating pump that will run through an old cast iron radiator for heat. Of course, proper venting will also be taken in to consideration. I hope this will help us extend our short season. Your post has given me the energy I need to get up and get going on this project. I wish this project was already done since I woke up to another inch of snow this morning. My seeds are started and I'm ready to repot them into large pots and having a better place to put them will be heaven. I will certain post pictures as the project progresses.


Paul Gardener
4/13/2010 9:00:17 AM

@Dave, Yep, been there. For something so simple, Starting seed can be a real pain sometimes. Even this year, which has thus far been my best effort to date, I've had some things that just didn't pan out like I'd have hoped. I make my notes in my journal and hope for better next year. I like the sound of that gravity feed automated watering system. I've kicked around a similar idea as well but haven't ever really explored it. I'd love to hear more about your plans, maybe a blog post could bring some collaboration with others? Who knows. P~







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