Simply Resourceful

Simple ways to be more conscious about how we use our resources.

Winter in the Greenhouse

It's been a cold winter here in West Virginia. Paul has only attended six full days of school out of 22 for the month of January.  With record breaking lows, the shut off valve to our home freezing, and slippery roads, it seems like Mother Nature is telling us all to slow down and stay home.  This past fall we built our first greenhouse and have been surprised that we still see growth on our spinach, poc choy, and kale despite night time temps falling below freezing every night. Their growth has been very slow but they manage to hang on!

I took this picture when the greenhouse was covered with snow and it was 6 degrees outside.  The thermometer reads 28 degrees.  There are a few gaps around the perimeter that Jon left loose so we could get a little air flow in there to cut down on mold growth. We had a brief heat wave come through yesterday and temperatures peaked in the 60's - Jon happened to look in the greenhouse and it was 90 in there with buckets of ice quickly melting.


jenn merfee-t February 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM  

Do you have pests that may be surviving in your greenhouse? Here in the northwest, slugs used our greenhouse as an all-you-can-eat diner, so it didn't feel worth it. Sometimes I lay glass over our winter beds to keep them going, though they don't do any growing due to our lack of sun. Your snow scene is gorgeous, just what I've been hoping we'll have before long. Thank you for sharing your homesteading adventures.

Holly February 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM  

I haven't seen any pests in the greenhouse but that may have something to do with the really cold temps we've been having.

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