It’s taken awhile, but our greenhouse is officially back in action! In March, we watched the weather wreck havoc on our already deteriorating cover to the greenhouse, and a late season snowstorm helped seal its fate. Oh the joys of Wisconsin winters!
Fast-forward to today, the greenhouse looks completely different! It got some cosmetic upgrades with a fresh coat of paint. (You almost can’t see Adam in this picture!)
And a brand new plastic cover!
The process of re-covering the greenhouse literally took weeks. April weather in Wisconsin is very cooperative…if text could show emotion, that statement would be dripping in sarcasm! We checked the weather daily, sometimes multiple times per day, only to see the same forecast; 10-20 mph EVERY DAY!
This past weekend we purchased our plants for our Victory Garden and Market Garden. It’s still far too cold to leave the plants outside, so we needed that greenhouse covered ASAP. With the help of a neighbor, Adam and I were able to cover the greenhouse…in the rain. But hey, at least it wasn’t windy! Being able to cover the greenhouse saves us a HUGE amount of time. Without the cover, we would be hauling our trays of plants into the garage every night, then out each morning so they could get some sunlight. Repeat that process until the nights aren’t so cold (we’re talking in the 50’s at night, and that’s a ways off). No thank you!
There is still some risk of cold damage to our plants, even though the greenhouse is covered and gets pretty warm during the day. Our nights are still chilly with lows in the mid-30’s. We aren’t taking chances this year and don’t want to end up with the same result as last year. A late May freeze and our plants, even though they were in a covered greenhouse, still froze and we lost a majority of the crop. This year, a neighbor suggested adding a space heater to the greenhouse at night when the lows are still in the 30’s. It’s that extra security that our plants will be okay.
My next project, lay out my Victory Garden. Stay tuned!