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May 25

Greenhouse Update

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The greenhouse has been in operation for about 6 weeks now, and it is really interesting to see how it performs. The overnight lows stay petty close to outside temperatures since we have been having many overcast and rainy days. But all it takes is a few minutes of good sun to warm the temperatures …

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May 11

The Functioning Greenhouse in Spring

The start of an experiment.

Eggplants love greenhouses, as do their relatives the peppers and tomatoes. When we last reported on the new greenhouse in late April, we were just moving the heat-loving plants in. We held off on the tomatoes though, just to be sure. Now we wish we hadn’t as they have some catching up to do. The …

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May 03

Q#4 Can I Plant Cucumbers and Melons Together?

Baby cucumber.

This questions comes up a few times every spring, which we find surprising. There must be some nasty rumor floating around cyberspace that says this practice is bad, and that the plants will cross pollinate and create some kind of cucamelon. Although these plants are related, they are not close enough in DNA to cross …

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Apr 27

Greenhouse Temperatures

Life in the greenhouse.

It came as a surprise to us that our plastic greenhouse did not stay as warm overnight as our previous little one that was handmade from reclaimed windows. After doing research, it turns out that a lot of people have been likewise caught unaware, and looking for help. There are a number of things you …

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Apr 19

Setting Up the Greenhouse

The basic frame.

We purchased a 6′ x 8′ greenhouse kit late last spring. This spring we set about putting it up. First, the hand made mini-greenhouse had to be removed. Then we added gravel to the spot to build it up a bit. A base was built out of 4×4’s and placed on cinder blocks that were …

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Apr 06

Seedling Identification A-C

Tiny corn seedlings.

Whether you are new to gardening, or just growing something for the first time, it can be difficult to tell tiny seedlings apart. Many a gardener has been unsure if what is sprouting up was what was planted. And if you have started seeds indoors, it is very easy to get them confused. So over …

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