The Greenhouse

I started two more flats of seedlings in my neighbor’s greenhouse yesterday. It used to be their in ground swimming pool, but they’ve drained it, tiled it and put a greenhouse over it.

It’s impressive.

I felt small standing in the center of it, imagining row upon row of plants, starts and seedlings–exotic plants that cannot be grown in this climate, but have a chance inside this magnificent building.

There is a business opportunity there as well. Working together, we could make a bundle selling starts, especially unique varieties.

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There are two tanks in the middle that hold water and will be used to grow fish and eventually for an aquaponics system.

Aquaponics is a combination of two systems: hydroponics and aquaculture. Both methods use water to produce food or fertilizer–hydroponics for plants and aquaculture for fish and other edible water dwelling creatures.

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I started two flats of seeds. Round 3 of tomatoes and jalapenos, and round 1 of broccoli (2 varieties) and cauliflower.

Seed (see planting guide) Indoor Direct Sow Round 1  Round 2  Round 3
Habanero x 2/18 2/24 NA
Sweet Bell Pepper x 2/18 2/24 NA
Sweet Ital. Pepper x 2/18 2/24 NA
Cabbage x 2/18 2/24 NA
Jalapeno x 2/18 2/24 3/9
Pepperoncini x 2/18 2/24 3/9
Ground Cherry x 2/24 NA NA
Beef Steak x 2/24 2/24 3/9
Rutgers x 2/24 2/24 3/9
Black Prince x 2/24 2/24 3/9
Mr. Stripey x 2/24 2/24 3/9
Burgess Climbing x 2/24 2/24 NA
Black Cherry x NA NA 3/9
Heirloom Rainbow x 2/24 NA NA
Cabrase Broccoli x 3/9 NA
Broccoli x 3/9 NA
Snowball Cauliflower x 3/9 NA

Two flats of starts look like A LOT on my little basement table. But in this massive structure, my two flats looked positively puny.

Teeny tiny trays
Miniature and absurd
A laughable start

8 responses to “The Greenhouse

  1. Chrissy Layton

    Swimming pool greenhouse! That’s so cool!

  2. Repurposing at its best!

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