Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Girl in the plastic bubble


View from my chair: yes, it's gray. It's winter in Michigan after all.

Three o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday: I had finished my chores, so I went back in the house, poured myself a glass of wine, grabbed a book, and went back into the greenhouse. It is a bit early to be hitting the sauce, admittedly, but I had lots to celebrate. My greenhouse was 98% finished, 100% enclosed.


Sssh! Plants are sleeping: double-coverage this morning. Chair in middle, fig trees wrapped up, 6 of the 8 raised beds in view

I was warned that there is not much to do in a cold-frame greenhouse in the wintertime except harvest. And wait. Seems I will do a lot of waiting, watching that produce grow. (I am okay with that, really I am.)

9 comments:

meresy_g said...

your greenhouse is so cooooool. I mean hot. I would hang out in it all the time if I were you. Can you give a little more detail in wrapping up a fig? I have a small fig tree for the first time and am not really sure what to do with it.

El said...

Hi M:
Wait until your fig tree drops its leaves, then wrap it up and put it in a cool-ish, dark place, like a garage or unheated basement. I wrap mine up in burlap sacks, starting with the bottom, then stuff the sack full of straw before I tie on the last one. Old packing blankets work, too. Just make sure they don't weigh down the branches. It's somewhat important that the branches don't have light on them or else they'll start putting out leaves.

Pattie said...

El: That photo with the covered-up beds reminds me of the bedroom in the book Madeline, with all the little girls' beds lined up!

farm mom said...

Ohhh!! It looks so lovely, you lucky girl! You'll have to let me know how it works out for you, if you actually can grow food through the winter in MI. Maybe then, I can get hubby to build me one!! :)

El said...

Pattie! I know, two straight lines. Love those books and have got my kid hooked too. (She likes the fact that M was not afraid of mice.)

Angie: with a root cellar and a greenhouse? You guys would be in BUSINESS. But seriously, put that book on your holiday wish-list; you can do coldframes at least just to get you started.

meresy_g said...

DO I have to water it at all over the winter? Maybe every few weeks?

El said...

M: I have never watered mine. I figure hibernation means hibernation, you know? That said, the pots are usually wet when I put them away, so I guess it wouldn't hurt to water them now if they're dry-ish.

Robin (Bumblebee) said...

Fabulous greenhouse. How warm does it get? It doesn't have any additional heat, right?

And how cool that you want to just hang there with your glass of wine. I would do the same thing, sniffing the fragrance of the soil!

--Robin (Bumblebee)

El said...

Robin: yes, it is not heated. I wouldn't say it gets "hot" in there but with the sun shining, it's a good 30* warmer than the outside air. I don't think the ground has frozen yet in the beds, for example, but it eventually will...which is why I am growing cold-tolerant stuff in there that can take a bit of freezing.

Its biggest benefit (other than salad from now until Feb.) is I get to start everything earlier, and transplant it out!

I will do a "full" post about building it, etc., a bit later, though...just to give you all ideas :)