Early March outside in SW Michigan, late April inside the greenhouses: once the outdoor temps stay above +35F I will need to vent them during the day
It’s not all goatsgoatsgoats here all the time, though I have to admit that, like starting anything new, there’s quite a learning curve. Every day I shave time off the milking routine, every day I have more time to shave! The kids were born at a good time for me to learn, and improve: it’s getting to be serious gardening season here, and I don’t want to miss too many windows of vegetative opportunity.
Water, water everywhere: perennial condensation on the inside of the greenhouse plastic
We’re not hurting for water here in my corner of the globe. Combine normal wet conditions, a shallow water table and clay soil, I hardly ever need to water either outdoors or indoors. I have notions of hooking up a proper water catchment system one day; it’s fairly low on the priority list, though. However, at this time of the year with these baking indoor temperatures, I do find the atmospheric moisture is not enough, especially with small seedlings. Anything with root systems shallower than 5″ will be toast.
So, I resort to my usual hee-haw method of water saving: melting snow in buckets. I also recycle the goat’s drinking water. And, I am quite adept at catching the melting runoff from the gutters of the adjacent buildings. For all the above, I employ my army of 5-gallon used paint buckets. I am able to spread around about 10-15 gallons a day on the greenhouse beds if it’s sunny and hot. It’s a pleasant task during my lunchtime “t-shirt light therapy” sessions!
10 of 12 beds in the “new” greenhouse: all empty-looking beds have either seedlings, unsprouted seeds, or garlic in them. Some nights I forget to put the covers back on, but everyone comes through okay the next day.