A Greenhouse at Last!

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The studio faces south and the greenhouse is protected from North winds.

At the end of August, UJ Robichaud had a big end-of-season sale. They advertised a small greenhouse for less than half of the listed price which ended our discussions about constructing one from scratch. Early the next morning Larry hopped in the car and drove down to the French Shore and brought home this greenhouse kit.

It came with a door and one roof vent. Over the next week Larry built raised beds and some shelving.

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The greenhouse is also a great place for drying oil paintings. ;)

We mixed together peat moss, top soil, manure and well-rotted compost and filled the beds and sprinkled some lettuce and spinach seeds.

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The lettuce loves the cool evenings and warm days. We have kale planted as well.

I transplanted some tomato, eggplant and pepper plants in hopes of extending their growth just a little longer. I moved all the basil plants and they have taken off.

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Look at that eggplant. It may be the only one we get….we shall treat it like gold!

I  started a new crop of broccoli in late August and  transplanted them into the greenhouse. I hope that we are able to get some late broccoli. This year my broccoli was terrible and didn’t mature until very late. By then the cabbage moths were super active and the resulting veg was full of green caterpillars. Perhaps a later growth will be the answer to that problem.

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The soil mixture is light and deep. After sprouting tons of little tomatoes from the compost in the first bed, I learned to put the compost AT THE BOTTOM of the bed and the soil/manure/peatmoss mixture on top.

Against all advice, I moved this tomato plant into the greenhouse after it had set fruit. As you can see, it loves the outcome and is still producing.

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This tomato plant was a volunteer in the garden. It came from last year’s bumper crop of cherry tomatoes.

The last couple of nights we’ve had patchy frost, but the greenhouse has been cosy enough and it’s still summer inside.

This experiment is to find out how long we can harvest vegetables in an unheated space. For sure the hot weather crops such as pepper, tomato and eggplant won’t survive, but maybe, just maybe, we can extend the lettuce and spinach and broccoli into December. And I know it will be just the perfect environment for next year’s seedlings.

It’s a thrill to step into the greenhouse, close the door, feel the heat and smell summer again.

3 thoughts on “A Greenhouse at Last!

  1. Looks great Flora! If you put a small tunnel of plastic or row cover over the lettuce it should survive all winter- it’ll look dead in January but by early March you’ll have the sweetest lettuce ever!

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