Saturday, May 23, 2009

Greenhouse finally up

We bought this greenhouse on sale last fall, and we finally were able to get it into the garden without sinking up to our ankles in mud, so we are now greenhouse owners. Unfortunately, it's probably too late for many of our seedlings, which should have been out there a month ago. My 64 tomato seedlings are still a couple inches tall and looking kind of purple, rather than green. Most of the other seedlings are short and wimpy. I think the greenhouse looks pretty wimpy too, so I hope it holds up against our strong northern winds.

I went to a local nursery a few days ago and bought some large tomato and pepper plants, so we will have at least enough home-grown tomatoes and peppers for our own family's needs. We were hoping to sell at a farmer's market this year. I am still holding out hope that the eggplant will grow big enough to put into the garden at some point. One year -- the only year we were successful with eggplant -- was when they went into the garden at the end of June. Every other year, the bugs eat them up.

That bushy green flat of plants you see in front of the greenhouse came from the local nursery. Those black trays in the greenhouse are my seedlings. Sad, isn't it?


SkippyMom said...

Not sad at all...very exciting! It is all a learning experience, right? And I am sure you will have some great results with it within the years to come, if not this year.

It is cute too!

Mom L said...

Not sad - it's a step forward! You'll have fun with it.

Nancy in Atlanta

Deborah said...

My seedlings are sad. You can't even see them in the picture. When it comes to gardening, I am such an incredibly slow learner. No one would believe we've had a vegetable garden for 13-14 years now.

Judy said...

Someone told me about your blog so I had to come and visit you. I love your greenhouse. I don't think your seedlings are sad. I plan on keeping my seeds and want a greenhouse. Where did you get yours from? I'll be back to visit.

Deborah said...

Hi Judy and welcome to my blog! We bought the greenhouse at a home improvement store called Menards; it's like a Home Depot or Lowes, if you're not from the Midwest. We bought one about five years ago, which was quickly destroyed in the wind. This one has inch thick pipes for the frame and metal connections, so hopefully it will hold up better.

J. M. Strother said...

It's kind of cute. I've always looked at the little greenhouses in the catalogs and wondered... But our space is so limited. That doesn't look like it takes up too much room. What are the dimensions?

Hope it has a good tie down system. That north wind worries me.

Deborah said...

It's only 4X8, so not very big at all. In fact, I was surprised how fast it started to fill up! Yes, the north winds definitely worry me. It's called a "deck and patio" greenhouse, and I can't help but wonder if that's because it needs the wind block that a house would provide. It does have some pretty good anchors, including a t-post that's about a foot in the ground. Hope that's good enough. I can just see myself chasing it across a corn field.


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