14 December 2011

My own tropical paradise

For less than $1000, I get to take a vacation from winter just by walking out the back door and into my greenhouse. I only keep it heated to just above freezing, but one days when we have any sun at all, it quickly soars up to 70 or 80 degrees, and I go out, strip down to t-shirt and shorts, and enjoy the warmth and growing things. Even in rainy days like today, it is a soul-soothing respite from all the grey and brown outside.

It is full of a random mix of plants,  bunches of not-quite-hardy things I'm over wintering, lots of good things to eat, and just random things to make me happy.
Lettuce couldn't be happier. I've never grown great lettuce in the garden, it always bolts and gets bitter, but the cool temperatures and short days are making this the most beautiful, delicious lettuce I've ever grown, by far.
 I'm loving having loads of fresh herbs, including rosemary, parsley, thyme, and this yummy cilantro
And of course, some flowers. Pansies, I think, were meant to be grown in greenhouses. I've got pansies outdoors too, but their flowers are all beaten down into the mud by the rain, while these are pristine, fragrant, and wonderful.
Now I'm wondering why I waited so long to build one... seriously, for less than the cost of a vacation to Florida, you could have this too. Why doesn't everyone have a greenhouse?

11 comments:

Green Zebra Market Garden said...

Ooh! Come build me one too!

Liz said...

That sounds heavenly to have a warm, HUMID greenhouse right now. I might have to go visit a local nursery to get the same effect.

scottweberpdx said...

Oh yes, I would LOVE to have a greenhouse! Unfortunately, I'd have to put in on my neighbor's property ;-)

Brian David Morley said...

Nice post! I just planted some lettuce in mine, I'm way behind you!

Tom said...

I'm so jealous right now. So. So. Jealous. It's really encouraging to see that one can be done so cheaply and still be useful.

danger garden said...

So glad that you're enjoying your greenhouse...and jealous to think of it being 80 degrees in there! I'd need three heaters going 24/7 to get that in mine.

Zoe (ReviveUK) said...

Lovely! everything looks fab and healthy

AmyO said...

I am so over the top jealous right now!! At work we shut the greenhouse down for the winter so no nice warm & humid sanctuary for me. But...very soon I will be building my own greenhouse as I am coming into some cash!!!!! Huzzah!

Nat said...

I just finished building mine, and yes, should all have a greenhouse. What a sanctuary!

Kaveh said...

I've got one all planned out at my new place. Hopefully the landlord will allow it. I've wanted one for a long time.

NellJean said...

Maybe more people will build a greenhouse now that you've shown how great they are and how to accomplish one. I certainly recommend doing so. A blog with a greenhouse is one of my favorite things to read.