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