Greenhouse Planning

I knew this was going to happen. What to plan, when… and there is such a difference between the greenhouses. I have extra space I could be using and am not. Plus, the grandchildren are now interested in feeding their families veggies so I have more little mouths to feed. This little one loves tomatoes, strawberries, carrots… and anything else she can get her hands on.

Our gardens have always been kid friendly. Yes, they walk through the rows and pull up plants. But that smile! Who could say no to that? Not this great grandma.

But… back to the challenge of planning. We will need more produce. Last year I planted to early in the pit greenhouse. The plants were almost to big to transfer and it frosted the day after I moved plants outside. June 12th! So we built Marina’s Greenhouse (hoop house).

Cold hardy plants were started in Marina’s Greenhouse (hoop) months ago. Lettuce, carrots, onions and tomatoes. So far they have made it just fine. We are eating the lettuce and replanting more today. Would squash (a warm loving plant) have done ok? The tomatoes did. The tomatoes were work. I did add a third covering to the tomato plants every night and took it off every morning. In fact, I am still covering/uncovering every day. Should we have planted one squash just to see?

Coldest April in 40 years.

How to plan for weather extremes? The temp sensors are helping clarify how Marina’s (hoop) house works. I have read and watched lots of information on hoop houses. The air inside the greenhouse is not much different than outside. Right now I’m leaning to the planting in the earth in the greenhouse vs keeping plants on a shelf. The earth holds the heat where plants on a shelf would not have that benefit.

When I removed the 2 gallon buckets from the tomato plants I could feel the heat trapped inside. One very cold (and snowy) day I left the buckets on all day to trap that heat. It worked. The tomatoes are doing great and even blooming.

Author: Roxane