It’s not much, but it’s a start.
There are twenty-two 5-gallon water-filled pails wrapped in garbage bags to act as heat collectors. Thanks to Nell for the garbage bag idea. It’s 45 F outside right now and brightly sunny. I have the top half of the outside door open , and it’s still 90 F inside the greenhouse at shelf level. The tray on the floor has dianthus seeds planted and the soil temp in it is about 70 F, which is a little warm for those seeds according to what I have read, but what can I do? I guess I could set the tray out in the snow.
The tray on top of the buckets on the right has some foxglove seedlings that are close to two weeks old. I have them under the shelf to shield them from the sun a bit, as I started the little guys under lights and they are probably pretty tender. In fact, I should probably go move them back inside. Hold on a minute, OK? …
I’m back now. Here’s what they look like.
I also have a few spinach plants growing in a bucket to see if we can get some early greens to put in our salads. They’re also about two weeks old.
It may be only a start, but after a long cold winter it feels great to have green plants again, not to mention ninety degrees.