In mid-February, we planted the greens that we expected to transfer to our greenhouse in a few weeks when the cold temperatures subsided, and the weather became a little more mild. (See my post Planting into the Polar Vortex)
As we all now know, warm weather was still many, many weeks away. We had a couple of salads from the thinnings of our seedlings, and moved them throughout the day to get them the maximum sunshine as they grew with gusto in front of our dining room windows.Meanwhile in our unheated greenhouse built against the south side of our barn, we prepped the growing boxes and deployed max/min thermometers. In past years it has been warm enough to transplant into the greenhouse by early March.
The soil temperature began to break the 40 degree mark, but the air was still dropping well below freezing at night.
We read about deep winter greenhouses in Minnesota.
That’s when we got the idea to create a greenhouse within the greenhouse. Many outdoor gardeners make use of row covers. We brought the concept inside, and hoped the sun’s warmth building daily in the soil of the growing boxes could keep plants out of the killer-frost range — so we fashioned a framework and covered the beds with plastic sheeting.
The little darlings have been out in the greenhouse for four days now, and they are thriving. We no longer need the plastic interior cover.
Salad days are just around the corner.
How are your early starts coming?
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