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27. December Hobby Greenhouses
I like to go outside to my greenhouse in the middle of winter. I walk from the snow in thru the door into another world. I would never had enough room in my house to have all these plant growing, plus I would never be able to control this much sunlight in my home so I am ecstatic about my greenhouse plants during the winter months. Going from the cold into the springtime temperatures is a real rush for me and helps me to cure my cabin fever.
During the cold month of December I have a few days off from work and I will be doing many of my favorite things in the greenhouse. During the beginning of the month when the temperatures are cold and the snow has not yet come I usually start planting more marigolds and bulbs to keep my greenhouse in use, and to check how well my heat system is working. After a week or so when I get my heat stabilized and everything sealed up, I will start planting a few radishes and onions just because my family likes to eat them so much. I also start planting some potatoes so that I can start this process as well.
I only use water in the greenhouse when my plants are dry because I have me greenhouse so well sealed and there is not a lot of moisture that escapes from my environment.
I have been starting to receive my seed catalogs for the next season so I am always searching for good deals and fast growing seeds for use in my greenhouse. I spend a few hours going through the catalogs. I also make sure I am taking inventory of pots or anything I need in my greenhouse and I order these items as well while I am ordering my seeds.
I am cutting back my last crop from my lettuce and I am thinking about cleaning out these pots so I can start a new crop in about a month of so. I also have cleaned out the tomatoes that I had left over from my fall crop as well.
The month of December can be fun because I can involve the kids in planting bulbs and seeds in the greenhouse without much worry about how they are going to affect my other plants while they are in the greenhouse.
Every winter I take a picture of my greenhouse with the snow about it. During the month of December is when the rain and ice will come and the area about the greenhouse looks so glimmery and shiny this is when I like to take my annual photo. Because Christmas is coming I also do hang Christmas lights from the corners of my greenhouse, at night when the lights shine off the panels it is like looking at many lights put together out in my garden!
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