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No protection at all. That's why I was so surprised it was still growing. But, I'm not complaining, it sure was good last night. :)

Let's hope we have a wetter winter this year. I lost at least 30% of all my perennials and herbs last winter.


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Indeed, lucky I am! I built my greenhouse specifically to grow salad greens during the winter months. It's helpful with peppers and tomatoes in the summertime too. :)

I got a slow start on this winter's crop so I am eating store bought greens for now. It's just not the same.

It's wonderful that your BS Simpson was tasty. Did it have any protection like mulch or crowded in between some kale to help it through the cold?


CooknThyme, is your greenhouse heated? We pulled everything out of ours (unheated) before that frost last month. I'd love to have some cold tolerant greens growing!


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Hi all; final 2017 garden wrap-up.

We had one fantastic gardening and harvest this year, the best in our memories. The hail missed us and we had what must have been the perfect combination of rain, warmth and sun. Virtually every crop overproduced and even after the past weeks snow and cold we are still picking kale and chard. Final tally was 120 lbs. potatoes, 40 lbs. of carrots, 65 lbs. of various squashes. Beans, peas, lettuce, onions, broccoli and cauliflower were abundant and the freezer is filled to the top.

We don't expect next year to be this great, but it will be fun to plant, grow and harvest whatever nature provides for us. Time now to snuggle down with the wood stove and get some rest, after all, spring of 2018 will be here shortly!!

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Wow LP, that is impressive! Your yields are massive. I assume you do a lot of canning, or other means for preserving food.

I too had a good season but certainly not as good as you. I had many set backs. But all in all I am so grateful for my harvest.

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CooknThyme, is your greenhouse heated?


Yes. I have a small electric heater set up on it's lowest setting and with a thermo cube that turns it on at 35 deg and turns it off at 50 deg. To my knowledge the heater has not turned on yet this season. My thermometer says the lowest low so far has been 37.

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The 400 gal water tank helps regulate the temperature fluctuations. But it is nice to have the heater all set up for those subzero windy nights. But even if we loose power, everything I grow during the winter can handle temperatures in the mid to low twenties, so everything will survive. They just grow a bit better if temps stay above 32 most of the time.

I love to do my meditations in the greenhouse during the winter months. Such a cozy space.

You can see arugula and spinach behind the chair in the photo above.
My lettuce is still small, but coming along. Some varieties are doing better than others. The BS Simpson (on right) is doing the best of course.
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I'd love to have some cold tolerant greens growing!


If you can keep the drafts out of your greenhouse, you should be able to grow most salad greens and many root veggies all winter, WITHOUT a heater. You might need a floating row cover over your bed, however.

Read Eliott Coleman's 4 season or winter gardening books. His Maine winter climate is similar to ours.

The trick is to have everything well established by mid Oct. Not much growing happens during Nov & Dec due to lack of light. But come mid Feb your greens will take off again!

I'm behind schedule this winter so I am considering adding some lights on a timmer so the greens continue to get ~12 hours per day.


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That is a beautiful space indeed and would be a wonderful place to meditate! Thanks for posting the pics!

I believe I can keep drafts out of there, I'll just need to close off a couple of automatic vent windows which is easy to do. Probably too late to get going now, but I'm definitely going to try it come Feb!


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I love your greenhouse and what a great place to meditate. I also meditate but do it in a walk-in closet. I have two cats who love to "help" which is why the closet. I also like your chair, table and heater. Can you post where you got them? Thanks.


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My dog likes to "help me" meditate too. Sometimes it is so cute :love: but mostly it is rather annoying.

The greenhouse is a kit from "Growing Spaces" out of Pagosa Springs.
https://geodesic-greenhouse-kits.com/

The table, chair and heater are from Home Depot.

That type of radiant heater is the safest and most economical heater for small spaces. And is virtually "hands free".


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