The delivery guy for the greenhouse started calling last week to see about delivering the greenhouse. We had dirt work done and it was a wet, muddy mess but after four days of sunshine and wind, the mud had dried up enough that the greenhouse could be delivered today.
I watched for a while but when the guy got it over to where he was having to lift it up to set it down on the foundation, I couldn’t watch and had to go inside.
Vince came in and got me once it was all set up.
The same guy built it who built Vince’s shop so the frosted white and the charcoal gray are the same, though the greenhouse looks more brown to me in the pictures.
The blue barrels over on the side of the shop . . they will go into the greenhouse. We’ll fill them with water. In theory, they will heat up during the day and help warm the greenhouse on cold nights. We’ll have an electric heater in there but I doubt we try to keep plants in there on the coldest of nights, especially when we have days when it doesn’t get above freezing and there’s no sun to warm the water in the barrels.
I have a friend here who has a similar greenhouse and her electric heater had been able to keep things alive through the winter . . til this winter and she lost everything in her greenhouse on those few days when nights were below zero and days weren’t much warmer.
In the above picture, just at the top, you can see the roof of the back porch. What we’ll do is keep our little wagon mover trailer thing empty and on the super cold nights/days, we’ll load up the wagon and move it all into the downstairs garage, which is heated.
The main purpose of this greenhouse is to be able to get my seeds started for the garden. Yes, doing the math, I will never need enough garden plants that growing them vs. buying them is cost effective but what I want to do is be able to grow many kinds of peppers and tomatoes. I want to experiment! Instead of buying a six pack of green bell peppers, I can plant three or four of each of a dozen different peppers and share them with my friends who garden and we can all try different types of plants.
I will also be able to grow lettuce, kale, chard, cabbage, etc. in bags earlier and later since they will not be affected by frost and since we’ll have a bit of heat in there. Then, once it gets too cold for them to survive in there, we’ll harvest what’s ready and be done with them.
I’m so excited to have it. I really enjoyed having the greenhouse in Texas.
We are so out of space. Except . . there’s one little corner I’m saving just in case Vince caves on the chickens and chicken coop.
Very Nice! I can feel your happiness and excitement!
Cindy F says
Yay!! So exciting! We keep talking about how much we’re looking forward to summer tomatoes. Long way off but we keep dreaming! So far we’re having a great snow winter so hopeful for plentiful garden water this summer!
How exciting, Judy!!
This is definitely the time to plant seeds and extend the growing season. Quite a bit different from your Texas farm in size and other ways. I was hoping to put in a garden this year, but if anything is done, it will have to be my son. Maybe by next year I’ll be up to it. There are so many things I can’t eat and won’t bother to grow, but there are some things … carrots and parsnips, for instance, that I use a lot and parsnips are expensive!