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February 14, 2015
Music garlic

Music garlic

Garlic and greenhouse work…it doesn’t get much better than this.

Hooray for spring lock

Hooray for spring lock

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Seeding this afternoon.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. deb permalink
    February 14, 2015 3:26 pm

    Beautiful. Those are some good sized greenhouses. I wanted to plant music this year but could not find any, anywhere. We moved cross country to start our little homestead, and it was really late, but I did get some garlic in the ground. You have green! We are buried under white! Happy Valentines!

  2. Lucy permalink
    February 14, 2015 3:33 pm

    Looks so good. We clawed our way up to 2 above this afternoon, and spring seems a long way off.

  3. Elva permalink
    February 14, 2015 3:33 pm

    It is hard for me to believe we are on the same planet! Even looking at the ten-day forecast, I do not see a night with temperatures above zero! Green grass….I am in shock! Enjoy it!

  4. February 14, 2015 4:49 pm

    Yeah; jealous of the green for sure.
    Do you take the plastic off the roofs of the greenhouses every winter?
    How big are they?
    It’s a magical thing to walk from -20 outside to +25 inside and bright sun shining in, and green every where. Spring comes early working in a greenhouse.

    • February 14, 2015 5:30 pm

      Yeah, we do, mostly to avoid collapse in the snow, although we didn’t get any this year to speak of. But the best benefit is the actual rain, freeze, thaw effects on the soil. After a few years they get pretty weird, irrigation is not the same as rainfall. I’m sure you’ve heard of Eliot Coleman’s moveable greenhouses? This has the same effect. It’s been very warm here this winter, there are all kinds of seeds sprouting near the potting bench, chard, beets, orach, lettuce, and mizuna. Normally that doesn’t happen with the cover off.

      Size: 30′ x 72′

  5. February 14, 2015 9:13 pm

    Spring locks! So that’s how you do it. I’m glad I’m not the only one jealous of the green. We’ve had a relatively warm winter so far this year, hovering just below 0C (32F) rather than the -20C (-4F) we normally get in February. It just means that snow hasn’t built up as much this year, despite the snowfalls. Yuck!

    • February 14, 2015 10:46 pm

      Yep channel and the wire lock, it holds the plastic in place.
      http://tnfarmsupply.com/PROD/wire-lock-poly-fastening/wirelock
      I’m liking our warm winter even though it doesn’t get very cold here anyway.

      • February 15, 2015 2:55 am

        We like ours to be either above freezing or below, not hovering. It is the hardest to cope with I think.

        How long does your channel and wire lock last?

        • February 15, 2015 6:43 am

          I get that, but here it’s almost always above freezing and wet. The other side of the state is different though, high desert and freezing most winters.

          I have no idea, since we’ve lost a greenhouse or two and started over. The channel is screwed to the hip boards and stays in place, the wire lock that we’re using now has been put on taken off at least 5 seasons and shows no sign of stretching out of shape.

  6. February 15, 2015 3:36 am

    Everyone else already commented on their snow. But I took one look at the plastic going on and the green! grass around the greenhouses (Insert major greenhouse envy here), and thought, “We’re getting 6 – 8″ more today in Western Mass, with windchills to -40F due to high wind. White out conditions.” Nope, nothing growing out there for a LONG time….

    • February 15, 2015 6:45 am

      If you look at the High pressure ridge here you’ll see why the midwest and east is getting the cold. If you guys are warm, we’re cold 😦

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