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Greenhouse Transition

March 27, 2012

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March 25, 2012

What a difference a few days makes.  We have been waiting for a dry, snow and wind-free day to lower the cover on the greenhouse.  Spring locking greenhouse plastic down is one of those tasks that can go really, really good, or really, really bad if the wind comes up.

I’ve got starts coming on in the brooder greenhouse.   In order to be ready for planting those, I applied the amendments to the soil in the greenhouse three weeks ago, and we needed to get the cover down so the soil could dry out enough for soil prep.  Exactly the opposite of years past, when I have had to water the heck out of the dry soil in order to start soil and bed preparation.

While I haven’t had a covered greenhouse over winter, there is no comparison to real weather versus irrigation.  The soil feels and smells good after being exposed to freezing and thawing all winter.

Besides locking down the poly, Hangdog wanted to get the vents built and installed.  We went the entire growing season last year without the gable vents, which is OK when it is hot, but I really wanted them installed for keeping the heat in since our last two springs have been quite cold.  A little draft abatement works wonders.

By the end of the weekend the vent on the prevailing wind end was installed.  For now, since I am only going to plant cold hardy plants, this will be a vast improvement.  The other end can wait until warm weather crops need to go in.

All that greenhouse supervising deserves a back scratch!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2012 9:35 pm

    Out of curiosity, why don’t you leave your greenhouse covered year round?

    • March 31, 2012 5:58 am

      Mike, after losing the hoophouses in the last 40 year storm we decided to go a little more passive with this generation. The expense to go to the truss design vs no-truss design didn’t pencil out for a little more variety in winter greens. In our climate most hardy crops survive the winter anyway without much fussing. So we opted for season extension and peace of mind rather than lettuce.

  2. March 31, 2012 3:20 am

    I have another greenhouse to put up this spring. I have to shuffle things around a bit to fit it in but it’s almost time to make it happen.

    Also have vents to put into the greenhouse we are using.

    I agree on the difference between soil exposed to weather vs soil in the greenhouse. Different feel.

    • March 31, 2012 6:00 am

      HFS, I know what you mean we’ve scarcely had a dry day, and none in sight yet either. Not too mention deep snow, lots of March projects are getting compressed into April 😦 I hope to get some greens planted in the greenhouse this weekend. At least it feels a little spring like in there!

      Good luck on your projects!

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