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Greenhouse Update (Reporting a Little Progress)

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April is prep and planting month, so our other projects pretty much take a back seat. Even so, I have a couple of things in the greenhouse to show you.

The first is progress on our rainwater collection tanks/thermal mass.

They still need to be connected to the front porch gutter spout, and the overflow needs to be finished, but the big pieces are in place. 

The second is a solar patio light

I don’t plan to work in the greenhouse at night, but it will be handy for fetching lettuce when winter dark comes early, or to check to see if any cats are out there. (I say that because Riley loves the greenhouse during the day. At 14 years, he appreciates long naps in the warmest places he can find.)

I got this one on Amazon. What I liked about it (besides the price) is that it has a pull chain to turn it on and off. 

So many of them have remote controls only. In my mind, a remote control is just another battery I have to monitor and provide, and I’d rather keep all that to a minimum if there’s a simple alternative. 

I’m happy with it.

With the warmer days of spring, I’ve also been monitoring my winter plants in the greenhouse. Some days the interior temp is topping 80 (27).

The broccoli is flowering, but the kale is still happy. Also, on the right you can see some volunteer cherry tomato plants! Last year’s was my cold weather bellwether, and while it eventually froze, it provided valuable information about greenhouse temps when it gets really cold outside. I’ll use this one to monitor summer temps (and my attempts to mitigate them).
My potato containers are doing well, and my potted lettuce is still producing. I cut it back pretty ruthlessly, but it hasn’t bolted yet, in spite of warm days.

Also in that photo, you can see some of my early seed starts. That’s winter squash right below the potatoes, and starter trays of tomatoes and Swiss chard in front. Working with these has emphasized the need for more appropriate greenhouse furniture! I need something tall for a potting bench and higher growing tables. 
We’re busy these days, but even a little progress is welcome. I don’t plan to use it during summer, but hopefully, it will be finished by next fall.


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