Monday, October 17, 2005

My Greenhouse

In June I bought my first-ever greenhouse, which I got for super-cheap from a nursery that went out of business. It's 8x16', plastic with wood on the lower sides. It seemed huge when I first got it, but now it's full to bursting. Another nursery that's going out of business is selling tender perennials for $.10, and I bought way too many. I've decided to see which ones can be wintered over; .10 each is cheap enough to take some risks to further my horticultural education :-)

I plan to keep the greenhouse at a minimum of 45F, which shouldn't be too difficult given that Portland winters are usually mild.

I'll post updates from time to time. In the meantime, here's a partial list of what's in there:
Tender perennials - petunias, salvia, verbena, gazania, impatiens, coleus, and a few others usually sold as annuals
Citrus - several types of lemons, oranges, and limes
Elephant ears (taro)
Thunbergia (Black-Eyed Susan vine)

I have a wireless thermometer that records maximum and minimum temperatures each day. So far it averages 40-50 at night and 60-70 during the day. Outside temperatures at night are usually about 5 degrees lower than the temperature in the greenhouse. I haven't gotten a heater yet, but I plan to this weekend. Portland's average frost date is Oct. 15, so I'm on borrowed time.

I'd love to hear from other greenhouse gardeners in the Northwest.

Posted by Janet to Rainy Day Gardening - Greenhouse at 10/17/2005 08:11:00 PM


DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Wow! 8x16! That is much bigger than mine! Someday, I want to build a 13x30- I know, dream on :)

Janet said...

I got lucky and found this one at a nursery that was going out of business. I could never have afforded one this size new.