A lot has happened since I posted an update about my greenhouse a month ago. Spring has sprung much faster this year than normal. With all the warm weather we had in March, I was starting to feel like the greenhouse was unnecessary. But it is spring in Minnesota, and Mother Nature did not disappoint. We’ve had frost the last few mornings, and next week it could get below freezing overnight. Did I mention how much I love my greenhouse?
|Venting the greenhouse|
Everyone told me I’d have to worry more about the greenhouse getting too hot than too cold. They were right! I’ve had to vent it almost every day for the last month. It still amazes me how hot it gets in there. It was in the 70F’s and 80F’s outside for a week in March, so had to open both ends of the greenhouse to keep it cool (it was 120F in the greenhouse the first morning I went to vent it!). Even with the ends open, it was 20F+ degrees warmer in the greenhouse than outside on sunny days.
|Raised beds in greenhouse|
Over the last month, I’ve been busy planning the garden and preparing for planting. I built raised beds with cold frame covers so I can give my warm weather seedlings extra protection on those freezing nights. I also built some cool new supports for my beans and cucumbers. All that’s left is to start planting.
|Seedlings planted in raised bed|
During a normal spring, the cold weather vegetables can be planted in the garden mid-April.
The warm weather vegetables can’t safely be planted in the garden until mid-May.
But with my greenhouse, I’ve already started planting the cold weather vegetables.
|Squash, cucumbers and a few other seedlings|
I plan to start planting some of the warmer weather vegetables soon too, starting with the squash and cucumbers (they’ll be outgrowing their containers soon.
I am so excited to see what a difference the greenhouse makes on my crops this year.
Normally, I don’t plant squash and cucumbers until the end of May/early June.
Wow, this is great!
Oh, and we had our first big storm a few weeks ago. High winds with lots of rain, and the greenhouse stood up just fine. There is one spot where some water pooled on top, that will need to be tightened up. I was very nervous during the storm; the greenhouse was flopping all over the place. But it’s stronger than it looks, and now I can rest easy.
I’m still waiting on several of my winter sown containers to sprout, they better hurry up before I run out of seedlings to plant. Huh, what a strange concept… waiting anxiously for the seedlings to grow so I can plant them. Normally I’m overwhelmed with seedlings busting out of their containers, and I can’t plant them fast enough. Ahhh, I like it this way much better! What will I do with all my time at the end of May?
|Inside the greenhouse|