Monday, February 27, 2012

Greenhouse Update


Do you see the blue glass ball in the lime green flower pot? I bought it at the local discount store for $1.00. It has an open end stem on it so the ball can be filled with water. The water slowly releases in the soil.


It is the time of year that my jeans have dirt stains that simply won't come out with a single washing. By the end of each day, even with the wearing of gloves, my hands are stained from the soil


Plant stands, like this, are easy to make. I have a special tool that cuts the PVC pipe to any length. If you don't have the cutter, you can use a hack saw. I have cut PVC both ways.


Because I didn't glue my PVC stand together, when the new seedlings are ready to transfer to the garden, I take it apart for easy storage. The wood boxes, holding newly re-potted flowers, were made from scraps of lumber I had saved from previous projects.



The first group of 72 tomato seedlings have emerged. Four more trays are still covered untill I see the first sprout.



















Two weeks ago, I planted two Flame Seedless Grapes that are now putting on some leaves.


The parsley and multiplying onions, in the kitchen garden, have done well through-out our mild winter.


The variegated vinca (periwinkle) groundcover is putting on new foilage and has started to bloom.














Can you see the pumpkin hiding behind the shrub? It is still holding up after being pulled from the vine back in October.


"Hey, Smoky, wake up! What a great country life for my country cat.....

Meggie Mac

19 comments:

  1. That greenhouse is being put to good use, it looks beautiful and also very functional. I really like the way you made those stands - especially as they can be packed away. You have inspired me to get back out there and get digging!

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    1. I have to work at it to keep it tidy...Digging is a big part of country living, especially in the spring. Thank goodness I have a "handy man" that works 3 hours a week for me. He loves to dig holes....so, I point, and he digs. Then I do the planting. It saves my poor back for other things like unloading the truck!

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    2. Hi Meggie, I've just shown your tubular stand to George - he tells me that he has quite a lot of black PVC pipe, plus he has lots of fittings. He has asked me to tell you that you have now inspired him and when the polytunnel is in place he will be making some. Thank you for a great idea.

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  2. Smoky is gorgeous! Does he hide in the warmth of the greenhouse? Jx

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    1. He would, if I left the door open......

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  3. I love your little kitty...and this post makes me want to spring forward even more....yes I am Lutheran WELS......what school did you attend? I went through 8th grade in a private lutheran school and then went to a public high school what a shocker of a difference!

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    1. Careful...I think the weather is teasing us. I'm looking for at least one more freeze.

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  4. How creative you are with the PVC pipe! And I have some extra wood in my garage. Thanks for triggering off some ideas!

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    1. I've had the stand for several years. Be sure and click on "PVC Stands". It will link you to all kinds of ideas using pvc.

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  5. Well Meggie, I'd love to be a cat in your house ! Would Smokey and you adopt me ? ;-)

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    1. How are you at chasing the field mice? Hmmm...that's Smoky's night job!

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  6. You have certainly been busy in that greenhouse of yours! I love the blue glass ball, my mum gave me a pack of 4 last year and I just tend to have them as ornamental decorations in my garden borders.

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    1. This is the lest expensive I have found...most are about $3.00 and upwards...this is a very busy time as all gardners know.

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  7. That's a proper greenhouse Meggie, one that's organised!

    When you're done there, maybe you could help me sort mine out. :-)

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    1. It is a constant battle to keep things organized, and not just in the greenhouse.
      Thanks for joining me as a follower.

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  8. Brilliant! I am ITCHING to get started on building our greenhouse but wouldn't you know it, we got a huge dump of snow... LOVING your posts - so inspiring :)

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  9. You ere living in a heaven. And smokey.. Sleeping beauty.. So nice...

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  10. hi meggie
    your greenhouse is a dream.so many seedlings...just wonderful
    have a nice week,
    greetings from germany,
    regina

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  11. How delightful to see your gorgeous greenhouse and all that newness you have going on! Thanks for sharing.
    -Jaime

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