One Down, One to Go
Greenhouse, planting that is.
Greenhouse 2 was originally built for winter poultry keeping, complete with a foyer for feed and supply storage. Now that foyer with its concrete sill and doors is a little bit of an obstacle when you’re on a tractor… . For the most part, the tractor tracks are my paths, so with a little hand shaping this house can be gradually planted out.
This greenhouse is about planted. Outside the soil is too wet to be worked without wrecking the soil structure.
On our farmstead the unheated greenhouse season extension tool kit weighs heavily towards providing a dry place to plant. Yes, warmth and light make a big difference too. But for the most part I have planted crops that could have been planted outside, if the soil was dry enough to work, and then dry enough to maintain. But while I have been tending the greenhouse crops like a July garden, outside it’s still a wet April.
What’s nice about the early spring succession garden in the greenhouse is no bugs, yet. Usually arugula can be a trap crop for flea beetles, but look at that – not a row cover or flea beetle in sight. I owe part of this to resting the greenhouses all winter with no cover, and part to good soil amending. But it’s sure nice not to mess with row cover. It is a mistaken theory that organic vegetables always mean pests just because of lack of pesticides. It’s not that simple. When our soil wasn’t right in this particular house, we had bugs immediately. Now not so much, or not so much that we have to go the row cover pest exclusion route. Crop selection, timing the crop to match the season, and better beneficial habitat have made a huge difference.
Note to self – drying seed stock on the potting bench may lead to a colorful “weed” patch…