Thursday, May 14, 2015

Nippy Long Weekend Saved by Second Greenhouse

We traditionally plant on the May long weekend, but the projected -3 low for Saturday and Sunday looks likely to
deter us.  The greenhouse is chock full of bedding plants, as is the grow table in the basement.  I will likely put in some seeds, because the frost won't be an issue for them.  The other potential is the second greenhouse.

Second greenhouse, you say?  Yup.

Mike's aunt gave us her old plastic and metal green house, and we'll be using it in the garden itself this year for some of our tomatoes.  Mike has been using it to enjoy the early sunshine while it was parked in the sandbox. Parked in the garden, it should warm the tomatoes the way it has warmed Mike. Now, if only we could find a way to warm the bees for our fruit trees...

We use other structures in the garden, too. We have an early row cover to keep our corn warm (I plant half inside the house 2 weeks early so we have about a month long period of ripe corn in August).  We also use a cloth type covering to protect the cabbages and kohlrabi from Cabbage Moths. Neither will provide enough protect for tender seedlings in -3, though.

All in all, I can't complain too much about the cold.  The snow has been off the ground for over a month, unlike last year at this time.  Check out last year's planting day blog to feel the pain. Also, we are eating our first asparagus, so harvest mid-May takes the chill off the night-time lows.

No comments:

Post a Comment