We’ve had a string of nice spring days. Though this is a balm for the winter-weary soul, the greenhouse gardener in me is in a bit of a panic. You see, there is such a thing as “too hot for comfort” with the little greenhouse babies.
Happy spinach babies
The upside: things grow fast! The downside: things grow fast!
I do wish this enterprise were as simple as “the greenhouse will simply speed up the growing calendar by two months.” This is a nearly true statement: I am able to seed stuff indoors in February that I would be hesitant to seed outdoors in April, but it would be a very odd April indeed if the daytime high was 105*. If I could somehow bring that high temperature down…life under that plastic would be perfect. So, up go the roll-up sides, and I throw open the doors: within an hour the temperatures in both have dropped to a very acceptable 90*F.
The hot days, however, caused my stalwart arugula to bolt into seed. I pulled the whole row up and made a spicy arugula pesto for St. Patrick’s day, with lots of green onions and garlic and some of last fall’s wild walnuts. Green food rules, man.