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Winter gardening October 21, 2008

Posted by liajo in Greenhouse Gardening.
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Last weekend we tightened up the greenhouse for winter and I cleared out all the old pepper plants and composted.  This will be the first winter that I actually try planting in the greenhouse.  I have cold weather seeds like carrots, spinach, lettuce and peas and I hope to get them planted in the next week or two.

There are a few things that I haven’t quit worked out yet.  One of them is watering.  I may need to carry it from the house because our out side hoses and faucets can freeze up.  Next is snow.  As excited I am about year round gardening, I not real excited about tramping through the snow to get there.

I also need to make sure it’s not getting to cold.  Besides the tightening I’ll mulch around the entire outside bottom  to keep some of the cold air out.  I’ve also read that if I compost in the greenhouse it will help keep the temperature up.  I put my meat thermometer in the ground today, I’ll check it in the morning to see how cold it is about 7am.

While I don’t believe winter gardening is going to easy I am looking forward to eating a fresh spinach salad that came out of my backyard in Colorado in December.  To cool.

Great sleeping weather October 12, 2008

Posted by liajo in general.
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This is the type of weather that gardeners hate.  Oh I know, we need the moisture.  But do we need the cold and wind also?  This is the type of day that causes a gardener to go stir crazy.  There are about a dozen things we can think of that need to be done, but it’s to cold and wet to go outside.  There is nothing we can do about it, we are stuck inside. 

The only thing we can do is catch up on all the sleep that we missed this summer.  All those mornings that we were up at dawn to get an early start.  And all those naps that we skipped because there was so much to do.  Besides the moisture about the only thing this type of weather is good for is sleeping.