A January 11th photo of the oldest (2007) greenhouse: Reemay covers are off so the leaves can absorb some rare winter sun. I planted this one with kale and salad greens back in late September. These will be completely harvested by late March and then I’ll convert this greenhouse into a seedling nursery. Right now, though, I take twelve gallon-size bags of salad- and braising greens a week out of the greenhouses and outdoor gardens for our customers, and we also eat about a half gallon daily.
In December, Tom and I attended a thank-you brunch for doing some fundraising for our daughter’s school. It was held at a swanky country club in the dunes near us and, as I walked into the bar area to refill my Bloody Mary (brunch, you know) all heads whipped around to see me.
Obviously, Tom was in the bar giving away our farm, one bag of salad and one log of chevre at a time.
“Duuuude,” I hissed. “You can’t be doing that,” I told him, grabbing him by the elbow and goose-stepping him away from the crowd, after demurring to all the other parents gathered around. “Don’t you know I have every drop of milk and leaf of green spoken for from here to April?” I don’t think he really did know: he’s not involved with either gardening or milking.
“Maybe we just need another greenhouse,” he said. “I have no problem at all building another greenhouse.”
And this is the 2008 greenhouse, the bigger one: I planted these salad/root veg things in October. They’re growing more slowly; they won’t be “peak” until mid-Feb. and then they’ll be “done” in late April, right about when the tomatoes go in and the warm season starts again.
It’s been on my list for a while (a third greenhouse, that is). And it’s at this time of year that I can see why I most need one, though the greenhouses are the most busy and productive in the warm months. My reasons for wanting another aren’t to supply the other parents’ refrigerators, though. They’re more mundane, like, if I had a third greenhouse I could use it to grow worm-free brassicas in the summertime (joy! no Bt, no covers) and I could plant a LOT more garlic and a lot more root veggies. It’s green greed is all (insert evil laugh).
So in April, we’ll add another. This one will be 16’x32′. Stay tuned…