Greenhouse shallots, chilly but fine.
I am so glad this is not my first year with a greenhouse. This fall/winter season has been uniformly horrible as far as the greenhouses are concerned: cold, sunless, and did I mention cold and sunless? And the lack of sun? And the cold?
Had this been the first year, I would be terribly disappointed. The root crops are fine, and the hardier chickories and escaroles and kales are all limping along, but those poor fleshy lettuces could use some loving sunshine. The sun will eventually come out again, however, and our own household discussions about what constitutes a blizzard will cease. I looked at my gardening calendar and realized that December ’07 was sunnily out of the norm, whereas January was spot-on as far as expected temperature and solar radiation (which is of course a fancy way of saying how much sun had shone). The greenhouses’ very long January last year has merely moved up a month this year. February was stellar, and March even more brilliant.
Here’s hoping we see the sun again. I for one am glad we’ve made it through the darkest hours of the year.
Peace and warmth to all of you.