This is the kind of thing we dreamed of when we built of little earth-sheltered, lean-to greenhouse as part of our barn.
Last year, our maiden voyage into greenhouse gardening, was a mixed success. We had a good crop of chard and kale and a few carrots and a very few beets, as well as a small patch of spinach. Then we planted tomatoes for a second crop, and the vines were frighteningly vigorous, but produced almost no fruit. (We suspect that not enough polinators got into the greenhouse.)
Yesterday we harvested another bag of spinach, but the plants are so stalky, our next harvest will be the last. I think I’ll grab some basil plants at the farmers’ market and replace our bolting spinach.
It’s been a very green spring. I’m sure I’m processing information a little faster with all that spinach in my system.
We started out by wetting the soil with melted snow. (Check out my post Watering the Greenhouse with a Shovel.)
Then we covered the bed with spinach seed and laid a piece of cardboard on top of that till the leaves started to break ground.
We water the rest of the bed with pond water.
But we haul water from town for the spinach because we like to eat it right out of the bed, and I’m not wild about munching things watered from our murky little pond till they are well washed.
Our cold April and cool May have gifted us with an extra long spinach season. A pound of hoop house spinach has been selling for $9 at the market, and I figure we have eaten over $100 of the freshest, most tender, really local spinach this spring from our little lean-to. Pretty good return from a packet of seed.
I am gung ho for greenhouses.
Do you have a greenhouse?
Do you want a greenhouse? What would or do you grow?