Thursday, December 9, 2010

Greenhouse Gardening

I had great plans to plant a winter garden in my greenhouse this winter....In fact, I did plant some lettuce and brocolli.....but, well, my gardening has taken off in a different direction....
Remember my tomatoes post? Well this is the same greenhouse....

My girls (and boy) were FREEZING their little butts off outside, miserable in the cold, hanging under their trailer....their water frozen....So we made it happen...
The live in the greenhouse now.
I'd already cut and cleared out old tomato plants and they took down the greenery that was left in a hurry (weeds). We put fence wire up around the work bench and chicken wire around the base of the greenhouse to prevent escape.
Now my ladies dust bath in the pouring rain. Because unbelievable rain is the weather we are having right now and the patch of ground they were frozen to is now under 3 inches of water. In the greenhouse they are dry, warmer and pretty happy.....there is electricity so a heat lamp is available if it gets cold again and we can take fresh water out to them easily.
They have compost, squash (SIGH - we winterized everything before the big freeze but forgot to bring the squash stored in the greenhouse inside.....so we have a pile of mushy once frozen squash to feed the chickens....) and I pick a bucket of grass/chickweed for them every day. They love their greens....Today we got 14 eggs from 14 chickens!
I AM winter gardening. Soil prep. Yep, NEXT year I'm going to have the BEST GD tomatoes ever!!!

2 comments:

Andrea said...

It is so COLD here this morning (1 F, or -17 C), and I wish I had a green house for my chickens. I don't even want to open the coop door, I want them in there as protected as possible! I love how you are using the greenhouse. And I love your rooster! We had to get rid of our noisy guy who looked Just.Like.Yours!

The Gingerbread House said...

Now that's what I call "Homesteading"! That was a clever idea and I'm sure your boys and girls are happy about it..it's cold everywhere it seems..I put my cabbage out a little too late and I fear they won't be able to have time to head up..maybe I will be able to salvage the leaves..Ginny