Greenhouse Ready for Winter

Gardening

W have a Harbor Freight 6 x 8 greenhouse. We like to use it to extend some summer tomatoes and  peppers, eventually it gets too cold and we just grown salad items.  Early February we start the vegetable and flowers to be ready to plant out in the garden after the last front.

 

To winterize, first clean out everything, look for any insects, wash down the walls.

Then I order a roll of bubble wrap from Amazon, ( actually one roll can last a couple of years ) you want the stuff with the largest “bubbles” possible. I cut into pieces matching the greenhouse glazing ( glass or panels) I have found a really nice spray glue at truvalue that is temporary and it works prefect for the bubble wrap. I spray each piece and they apply to the glazing..respraying as necessary, bubble side to the glazing.

Bubble wrap on the ceiling

Back wall…sorry picture seems dark and the tomatoes seem ghostly! Sometimes an edge comes unglued and I just respray it, this mostly happens on last years bubble wrap…oh well!  I put extra pieces of insulation or bubble wrap around the plants, under the shelves. I have found that the floor gets pretty cold, even freezing at night.

On the North side of the greenhouse, I use foam board with the shiny foil side back towards the inside of the greenhouse

Lastly in the doorway, we put a long “curtain” of bubblewrap in front of the door. Sometimes in the winter it can be 10 degrees and toasty warm in the greenhouse… this just buffers the doorway a bit, when someone is passing in and out! You can see this on the left side of the above picture!

We have a small radiator heater on a time for nighttime only and very cold non-sunny days. But it really warms up with just the least mount of sun!

 

 

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Around the Garden

Gardening

Finally have gotten the garden all organized and mostly planted. Starting this spring it looked like a “garbage dump” this is so much more workable! Weeds are rare….but I am always scanning for victims!

Also installed a drip irrigation through out… I hope to save water! What does not show is I put in all the beds this poly stuff that absorbs water ( same as in diapers) to help with the water retention.

This is a list of items have planted. Some are new and just for fun or experimenting!
-Carrots, beets, lettuce, onions, leeks Swiss chard spinach.

-Bell peppers, Halopeno Peppers, Anaheim chili peppers, tomatoes ( roma and better bush ) Tomatillos.

-Corn, pumpkins, sunflowers, zucchini ( green and yellow), muskmelon, cantaloupes, watermelon, cucumbers asparagus potatoes (white and red) okra sweet potatoes, nasturtium

-Dill, basil, oregano, chives, parsley and cilantro

-Beans–green, black turtle, great northern and kidney. chick peas ( garbanzos)

Also rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries blueberries

Can you see this nice and neat area turning in a jungle! Alyssa thinks my garden will mutate and eat me one day!

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Garden Tip of the Day- Milk Jugs

Gardening

I have been using used milk jugs for years for my tomatoes and tenders that are planted early. but here are some realy cool tips!

Use a milk jug for Drip irrigation

http://www.gardendesk.com/2007/06/quick-and-easy-watering-tip.html

Replace those expensive Wall-o-water

http://simple-green-frugal-co-op.blogspot.com/2009/06/reuse-household-containers-in-garden.html

and a few more uses

35+ Uses for Plastic Milk Jugs
How Recycled Milk Jug Crafts Work

Reuse It: 5 Reuses for Plastic Milk Jugs


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