Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More fresh winter-time salad

The greens in the greenhouse have been fairing well. They keep growing and are providing us with some wonderful and tasty salads. The wood stove inside the greenhouse has made it possible to keep from losing much of the tender greens to the cold. We’ve had several nights in the low teens or in the single digits. With the stove loaded with wood and the dampers closed down, I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to put more wood in. I’ll load it a little before 10:00 p.m. and then put more wood in around 6:30 in the morning. On the coldest mornings, the thermometer in the greenhouse registered a temperature of about 25 degrees. I think it was a little warmer at ground level near the plants. However, it’s been warm enough inside that we’ve not lost any of our greens due to freezing. I don’t keep a fire going if the overnight temperature is not going to be less than the middle or upper twenties. During the day when the sun is shining, it is usually 80 degrees even if it’s only 20 degrees outside.

So far, I rate the wood stove in the greenhouse a success, and I’m very pleased with how it’s worked out.



That looks great. I my try to build a green house next year. Some fresh salad would be awesome right about now.

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