The greenhouse survived its first winter, and Oh what a winter it was! Record snowfall, below zero temperatures and the dreaded polar vortex, this has got to be the worst winter since the blizzard of 1978. I think it’s safe to say if the greenhouse survived THAT, it will survive anything (knock on wood). As we do our spring cleaning and prep the greenhouse for summer, thought I’d share some photos taken over the winter…
Good slope to the roof, snow never stayed on it for long.
With the dogs constantly going in and out of the doggie door we had to put a blanket up to help keep the cold out. Thinking about building a vestibule or something similar before next winter.
We started the winter with two space heaters, but finally John decided to just bring in forced air from the house through the old coal shoot. Last fall he also put in hot and cold water faucets, as well as several GFI electrical outlets. We still have to set up the vent system. That will be a spring project.
Outside temperature of negative 11.6, BRRRRRRR!
The temperature never dropped below 55 at night. During the day it ranged from the mid 60s on cloudy days to the 80s when sunny.
Upside down winter garden experiment. Rigged up a pulley system to utilize the overhead space. Started with hooks, but eventually replaced them with wheel pulleys. The poles are freecycled from an old tent, and can be lowered for easy watering.
The peppers did amazingly well, and are still producing. The tomatoes on the other hand got very root bound. This summer I’m going to try growing them outside in hanging 5 gallon buckets.
Lettuce and Swiss chard thrived in old dresser drawers. It was really nice being able to have fresh salads all winter.
The best therapy for winter blues was watching the air plants bloom.