Mini Greenhouse Update: So Many SproutsFriday, February 17, 2017
You guys, so much is happening in the greenhouse after we've had a lot of sunny days. It's still below freezing at night, but with the sunny days we have, the snow has melted, and my little mini greenhouse heats up to 60-80°F even with the door open. It's great! I pop it open in the morning, head to work, and let it soak up the sun all day. By the time I get home, the sun is setting, and it's cooled to 40-50°F, so I close it and let it stay closed for the night. As these days get longer, it will be even more effective.
I've only noticed an issue on one really cold night we had lately. When I checked the seedlings in the morning, a couple of them had frozen leaves, but from what I can tell, that hasn't hurt them much. They thawed quickly in the sunshine.
A frozen lettuce seedling from last fall has come back to life and is putting out new leaves. I didn't think it had survived the winter freezes, but apparently it just needed a little warmth to kick back into growing mode.
The lettuce mesclun mix (above) has a variety of seedlings, and is looking like it's coming along great. Black-seeded Simpson lettuce (below) is also taking off. I've even noticed tiny starts to true leaves on a lot of them. Wahoo!
The peas are still dormant, I'm not sure if they'll wake up and grow yet. It's still really cold at night. If you look closely at the radish seedlings, you can see tiny starts to true leaves on those as well. Everything but the peas are coming along quite nicely! Slow, but steady. I'm hoping the radishes bulb out in this cold.
All in all, I think it's been a successful experiment this far. I can't wait to see what happens over the next few weeks! Also, stay tuned for updates when I plant under my grow light indoors. It's getting really exciting around here.