After giving up on the peas I planted on September 1st, and lowering the grow lights that had been above them to salvage some lettuce, they have surprised me. We might have a handful of fresh peas in a short while. I was worried about pollination, but it doesn’t seem to be an issue.
The broccoli, (on the left) is beginning to look like it might actually flower, but the basil, which we’ve been enjoying quite regularly, is leaning over. I wonder if it needs deeper soil? The lower leaves of the cabbage are dying off but the new leaves are not yet forming a head. The Kale, on the other hand, looks like we can start harvesting some leaves fairly soon.
The peppermint which did nothing all summer in my under watered outdoor flowerbed is delighting me and will soon be giving us some fine tea.
All in all, this greenhouse experiment is providing both food and pleasure. We’ve had 5 salads for 2, and the nighttime temperatures have not dropped below +5. We have filled pails of water and placed them under all the planters, and this is helping to keep things warm. In addition we open the door to the rest of the house and turn on a heater for our evening Scrabble game. And oh yes, I’ve had a few friends over for breakfast in there as well. It’s at least as much fun as a tea party. The windows have frosted up some as the temperatures outside dip down into the minus teens, but to this point I can’t bring myself to hang curtains in this space that brings so much light and life into this formerly neglected corner of our home.