On the new season

Garlic shoot, Freckles romaine seedlings

Another fun thing about growing in an enclosed space like a greenhouse?  The weeds that show up are most likely something YOU introduced.  Like these lettuces we found this weekend!   Two feet of snow outside, nice greenery inside.

“Eat your weeds.”

5 responses to “On the new season

  1. Ah yes, very very efficient of you! Hurray for greenhouses.

  2. mmm… not the first year, El, not the first year. But you know, if I don’t eat my weeds, the chicken do. So it’s OK.

  3. Stefani, thanks. I didn’t really plan it but sometimes it’s more than okay for things to go a little wild.

    Sylvie, save some space for some of your greens to go to seed and next spring you won’t have to plant too many! I think they really grow better too.

  4. Hi

    I have been reading your blog and see you growing stuff in winter. Is that without heat? I closed my two greenhouses simular to the way yours are built because the heat was costing me $1,500. a season and we decided the cost outweighed the need. If you do not use heat from a heater, how do you keep your things from freezing? We in Wisconsin have 20 below zero readings but most often it is maybe 15 or a little less on the coldest days. I used remay cloth on things outside when I had a little garden business and things would freeze out there in spring so quite using them. i no longer do the business because it was not profitable and I had knee surgery about 10 years back. I am fine now and work with my horses love my chickens but do miss my greenhouses and the fresh things I had in there. I used benches and garden pots for things.

    enjoy your blog….

    • Hello Kathy!

      Well if you HAVE greenhouses then you’re more than halfway there to growing stuff year-round, even in Wisco! I follow Eliot Coleman’s methods: if you look at that Greenhouses and Books links above you will find his books and methods, but basically it’s finding the things that won’t die/will actually grow in winter. If things are covered with Reemay all the time inside the heat gets trapped in there, especially on sunny days. The whole point is things grow really slowly. And if you have big commercial greenhouses then you might be able to heat a tiny bit and be able to grow a ton of things (“a tiny bit” means heat once the temp indoors goes below 25 degrees, bumping it up to 35). As it is I have no heat and grow year-round, but I am near the lake so these winters don’t get nearly so cold as yours: the worst we’ve had this year was +1, which is really cold for here. For sure you can grow root crops, leeks, and some tough lettuces like spinach, arugula, mache and claytonia, as well as some winter-hardy lettuces like Brune d’Hiver and even Grand Rapids. Good luck!

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