Tuesday, February 19, 2008

oh the horror!

My greenhouse access has been cut off!!!

Last year, I used some greenhouses on campus to start, among other flowers and veggies, two-hundred and fifty sunflowers. I brought some dirt but made ample use of the greenhouses containers and sunlight. Long tables and easy watering systems and temperature maintenance with the push of a button - I had no idea just how lucky I was. Two hundred and fifty sunflowers?!?! I was livin' the life...

Even though I have no intention of being as ambitious with the sunflowers this year, there is a lot that I want to start from seed. Not only do I have tons of veggies that I want to do well this year, there are some perennials that want to get started because it will be two or more seasons before they start to flower. I almost wish I hadn't bought my seeds already so I could shift gears and go with starts from the farmers' market, but here they are... already bought... sitting by the computer like soon-to-be orphans because other official experiments have crowded the greenhouses and there's no room for us in the inn. So, you can see I'm in quite the pickle.

Luckily, I've been taking care of a sick person all weekend and locked in the house, on the couch, with my computer. I searched high and low and found some pretty interesting blogs with answers to my dilemma. I think the best ones I saw utilized egg cartons and toilet paper rolls... I've got my stash started. Here a picture of what I found with a link to where you can see the whole blog:

And, here's a picture of my "mud" room at the backdoor. I switched from a cold humidifier to a warm humidifier in the bedroom... so between that and an extra space heater, I'm going to try to make my own greenhouse. The upside to all of this is that I can see my "babies" more often. The trick will be restraining myself from over-watering... I'm like a little kid with a fish in a fish bowl who sprinkles in too much food.

This is the "before" pic. The "after" will follow in a few weeks...

1 comment:

African Kelli said...

Ooh, can't wait to see what you come up with! Do you read: www.finnyknits.blogspot.com? She is one of my best friends and is a great gardener.