All of you have gotten me started on planning on doing more than just wish for a green house. I am going to actually start planning one. Will have to get some serious thinking done as I know I will meet resistance from the hubby about it and have to have all my facts and figures and plans in hand so I can overcome that resistance.
I have 3 kinds of tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, garlic all growing in pots in my house. The tomatoes are big and have blossomed, lettuce I have had for months and now it is seeding so I will start more.
My hot house can not stay up during winter in my area and I have to mend it and put a new door on it. That will get done in the early spring.
Have fun and love planting and eating your fruits of labor.
I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do
current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,563) Posts: 489 9/12/11 11:53 A
If you would like to grow those warm weather veggies-tomato, squash family, peppers-those are not only summer growers, they require a lot of heat degree days to not just grow the plants, but to ripen the fruit. Have you figured out how to heat your greenhouse for cold weather growing conditions? I mostly grow cool weather crops in the winter-spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, and the like. Whatever you do, there are scarce sources for veggie starts now, so you need to get your seed sources and starter material together now so you can get seeds started while there is still a lot of daylight and warmth to get them going!
Something else to consider-is your greenhouse soil fertile enough to handle a 12 month crop rotation? You may need an extra dose of compost in the fall to give your winter plants the nutrients they need for winter growth. "In the wild," fall into winter is a time for normal soil to recharge itself and put itself to sleep for winter, for worms and other soil critters to feed off deadening leaf and plant debris, all so the next spring, the soil is all charged back up for everybody to grow optimally.
Good luck and have fun with it! If you don't mind sharing your plans for an economical greenhouse that you can build yourself, that would be great! The cheapest backyard greenhouse I've found is around $600-I'd like to build my own to save $$$, but I don't know how!
While you are doing your research, e sure to check how the flowers of your veggies are pollinated. If they need insects for pollenation, they will not be a good fit for a greenhouse unless you want to get out there daily with a paintbrush and do the pollenation yourself.
I have decided that I am going to attempt to grow fresh veggies this winter. I'm currently working on getting a small greenhouse to put in the back yard. If that falls through I have already found plans to build one myself for very little cost.
I have grown fresh veggies outside during the normal summer months but never in the winter. I am quite excited to give this a go.
I know I need to do some reading up on what is the better/easier items to grow during a southwest ohio winter. I'd like to do tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and perhaps some squash and zucchini if that is possible.
I am totally open to suggestions and instructions for all of you!!!
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.