My friends’ greenhouse stands erect and proud in their yard. I am impressed that it hasn’t blown away, been destroyed by hail, or any other natural greenhouse killers on the Plains. It is set to the east of a steep hill which much keep it somewhat protected. It is quite well made and cost them a few thousand dollars three years ago.
Right now the upper section of the Dutch door stays open and a few windows are cranked out. I have never had a greenhouse before that was is in working order to do its job well. This greenhouse is small but effective. It would probably extend the season a month or two either calendar direction. It would be great for starting seeds and would keep plants growing into late autumn.
The tomatoes are in heaven, growing and stretching as if they were in the tropics. In the greenhouse they want to grow, too much nitrogen will make them humongous but won’t allow any fruit. Using an organic fruiting fertilizer with similar ratios of potash to nitrogen will help bring on baskets of tomatoes.
A shelf across the south side offers more space. I brought over my five gallon buckets of kale, chard, spinach, and lettuce, and a few herbs. They absolutely love the greenhouse. There are a few pesky grasshoppers but not as many as there would be in an open garden.
I have been noting the differences in the areas of the greenhouse. The lettuce does best below the shelf on the south side. It gets plenty of light but doesn’t burn up. This would be a good place for cold crops like greens, broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage when extending the season. I only have to water those plants every four to five days. The plants on the top shelf, herbs, especially huge basil plants and comfrey, sun bathe and grow lavishly. I water them along with the tomatoes every other day.
When we get our own place we will have to get a greenhouse like this one. It’s been fun taking care of and using my friends’ greenhouse and learning the nuances of it. I suppose you can probably guess that the homesteading bug bit me again, or perhaps it never left! My fingernails have become far too clean.