has begun. Remember that neat little green house we put up this spring? Good, cause now we are finally going to try out the idea i had in the beginning. Growing some veggies all winter long so we have fresh salad stuff.
Yesterday i filled them with some top soil. The layers were soil, heater wires, chicken manure (a favorite here on the Shore), soil, manure, soil, manure, soil, manure, with a little topping of lime. The heat wires are supposed to keep the soil at 70 F. and hopefully the air space above the soil surface. Next was tying them into the weather computer (the one that gives you that cute little weather box up on top) to monitor the air temp, soil temp, and soil moisture. YES, YES i know how geeky that sounds. So far the soil temp has gone up ten degrees (from 42-> 52 F). The air temp inside ranges from 90’s on a really sunny day to about ten degrees above the outside temp at night. If necessary i can cover over the boxes to hold the heat. Monday i probably will add another bag of soil to each bed too give it a little more depth so the plants don’t fall over.
So what will the crops be??? Lettuce and spinach are a must. Broccoli and cauliflower are also good cold weather candidates. I’m thinking some beets (Beatrice is not happy). I would like to try one (and only one) tomato plant (maybe a cherry or grape) and maybe one cucumber vine that will be trellised. Beans and peas are another possibility.
More as this story ‘grows’…… :-)