Posts tagged #greenhouse

Earth Day 2014

Can you smell that freshly turned soil? Can you hear the tractor rumbling? Can you feel the sunshine finally warming us up? 

The first few rows of peas are in. There is spinach and swiss chard started. Lettuce has sprouted in the raised bed inside the greenhouse. The tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, and all sorts of things are growing in the greenhouse too. The tulips and garlic are coming up out front. The box of seed potatoes arrived today. 

What better ways to say Happy Earth Day?

Posted on April 22, 2014 .

Think Spring

We have to think spring really hard this year, since Mother Nature is trying to hide it from us. It snowed a large part of the day yesterday! Fortunately the ground has now thawed enough that most of the snow melted immediately. 

We have started to get very busy with spring work despite the weather. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you already know that I am going to give mushroom growing a try. Mushrooms are very different from anything else we have ever grown, but we are jumping in with fingers crossed. I built a crazy looking mushroom grow chamber.

My beginner mushroom grow chamber.

My beginner mushroom grow chamber.

I am starting out with oyster mushrooms which need darkness to get started, hence the body bag. I used duct tape and black garden plastic, not very high tech but it will hopefully work! I will share more details once it gets going.

The green house is working out great! We have trays of seeds starting to sprout already!

Veggies, herb and flowers.

Veggies, herb and flowers.

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Plants sprouting is the best part of spring! Although the poem Lucy brought home from school the other day is also pretty great. :)

Spring Mud
Posted on March 27, 2014 .

Almost Spring

Tuesday we got our first taste of the spring to come. It was beautiful out, but we knew a blizzard, an actual by definition blizzard, was predicted for the next day. We rushed around outside to get as much done as we could. I took some pictures to share with you while I was out. 

The frozen pond.

The frozen pond.

Gus enjoyed the break in weather too. His short legs are not great for running in the snow. 

Gus enjoyed the break in weather too. His short legs are not great for running in the snow. 

Some wet spots were filled in with mulch. More importantly, Henry got to sit in the digger, something he has been waiting months to get to do .  

Some wet spots were filled in with mulch. More importantly, Henry got to sit in the digger, something he has been waiting months to get to do.  

Freddy got to climb his tree unencumbered by snow pants.

Freddy got to climb his tree unencumbered by snow pants.

The cattle enjoyed a sunny rest. This big lady in front is Big Momma. See that big bulge on her side? Hopefully she will have a safe and healthy delivery soon.

The cattle enjoyed a sunny rest. This big lady in front is Big Momma. See that big bulge on her side? Hopefully she will have a safe and healthy delivery soon.

Our calf that was born just after Christmas enjoyed a little drink.

Our calf that was born just after Christmas enjoyed a little drink.

Our shaggy haired boy is ready for winter to end so he can shed his itchy winter coat.

Our shaggy haired boy is ready for winter to end so he can shed his itchy winter coat.

Here is our new greenhouse! It is built into the side of the hill in front of the chicken coop. By building half underground we are able to take advantage of the insulating powers of the ground which means less supplemental heat is needed compared to a traditional greenhouse. Also, the ground should help keep it cooler in the heat of summer than a traditional greenhouse would be. 

Here is our new greenhouse! It is built into the side of the hill in front of the chicken coop. By building half underground we are able to take advantage of the insulating powers of the ground which means less supplemental heat is needed compared to a traditional greenhouse. Also, the ground should help keep it cooler in the heat of summer than a traditional greenhouse would be. 

We got to walk to the bus stop for the first time in months! Guess who had to carry that ride-on digger back to the house though? ;)

We got to walk to the bus stop for the first time in months! Guess who had to carry that ride-on digger back to the house though? ;)

All that sun and warmth! Then this happened:

I took this picture in the early afternoon yesterday. It continued to snow and blow for many more hours, leaving us with huge drifts of snow to deal with today.     

I took this picture in the early afternoon yesterday. It continued to snow and blow for many more hours, leaving us with huge drifts of snow to deal with today. 

 

Tomorrow it is supposed to go back up to 50 degrees, so at least the snow won't last! Today we set up folding tables in the living room and got all of the seeds sorted and the seed starting trays organized. In the morning we are going to get some of the seeds planted and then get them situated in that new greenhouse. Spring really is coming!

Posted on March 13, 2014 .