Celery in front, tomatoes in the temporary bed
The greenhouse is a wonderful place, mainly because it so easily does its job. I’ve certainly gone over a few of its unintended benefits (reduce S.A.D. mid-winter, help take the pressure off the gardener to hurry up and dig, etc.), but here is another one.
It’s a great nursery.
Last night it got pretty chilly (28*F) and I wasn’t worried, even though my tomatoes, eggplants and peppers were outside. They were in the greenhouse! In the ground, too, as it happens: I have been moving the lettuce and winter stuff out at a fast rate, and replacing them, as the beds clear, with these tender baby plants. I *hate* transplanting seedings, so the greenhouse beds are a great halfway house for them.
I’m also seed-starting things like mad directly in the ground in the greenhouse. Seeds are going into the ground in the gardens, too (peas, favas, carrots, beets, etc.) but I reserve the greenhouse beds for items that, if chilled outside in the ground, will simply go to seed and not do their thing by producing goodies for me. The smaller brassicas are in this category: rapini, pac choi, tatsoi, mizuna. They’ll get to be about an inch tall and I will move them outside. Likewise, anything I want to hurry-up-and-sprout are seeded directly into the chill-proof greenhouse beds. Flowers (marigolds, calendula, cleome, cosmos) fit that category, as does another seeding of yellow storage onions. But in a month the only things that will be in the greenhouse will be the summer crops of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and a few garlic plants.
I know I sound like such a liar, but it really is a lot less work!
And of course it’s a place of beauty: frilled lettuce with chard and broccoli beyond