The greenhouse, in pictures

So, last fall I was wondering if my comparatively tiny, low-thermal-mass greenhouse would ever be “worth it.” It’s the first week of May.  The greenhouse kale, which I’m letting go to seed, is literally shoulder-high on me. We’ve been flush with greens since mid-March. We’ve harvested about six pounds of Hakurei turnips and greens so far. I’ve grown my own kale, cabbage, and broccoli transplants and moved them outside.

Yes. It’s worth it.

Turnips and peas

Turnips and peas and onions

Kale, etc.

Podding radishes (front), Haurkei turnips, kale (going to seed)

Hakurei turnips

Hakurei turnips. Addictive!

Greenhouse door

Looking out the greenhouse door. Alliums on the left, podding radishes on the right.

Podding radish flowers

Podding radish flowers. The seed pods on these will get as big as small green beans. I want to try pickling them.

Kale flower

Wild kale flower. Eat like broccoli, or gather the seeds after the blossoms fade.



  1. El said,

    May 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Yay! (Of course I think they’re worth it.)

    • Emily said,

      May 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

      I confess, I’m always comparing my greenhouse to yours. Yours stays much warmer than mine, and is productive more months of the year. Part of that is climate; we’re out of the lake effect band here, so much less snowy and colder (regularly below zero in the winter; the greenhouse is below freezing for most of Jan/Feb). Part of it is thermal mass, though. An 8×12 hoop doesn’t hold the heat the way a bigger one does. Mine’s leakier, too. So the “worth it” calculation wasn’t for “a greenhouse,” it was for “an 8×12 Rion greenhouse.”

      Increasing the depth of the raised beds, adding straw bale insulation, and lining the inside of the north wall with foil-backed rigid insulation (and a milder winter) really helped this year. Only one section of soil froze, and that was only for a few days. Last year, the soil was frozen solid for weeks.

  2. Kate said,

    May 8, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I love Hakurei turnips! Did you find the seeds sold locally, or did you have to order them?

    • Emily said,

      May 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

      Ordered them from Johnny’s, then found my favorite garden store is stocking Johnny’s seeds this year, including Hakureis!

  3. Cynthia said,

    May 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I would love to have a greenhouse some day….looks great!

    • Emily said,

      May 9, 2010 at 11:16 am

      The greenhouse has been like slow motion falling-in-love. 🙂

  4. Heather said,

    May 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful! (This reminds me that I need to go pick peas…)

    • Emily said,

      May 9, 2010 at 11:16 am

      Ooh, peas…couple more weeks until we get those here…

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