Sunday, December 30, 2012

First Snow

We got about 3" yesterday.  The dome was really pretty covered in all white.  This morning, as soon as the sun came up, the snow started sliding off.  By 11:00 everything was clean except the very top.  By mid-afternoon it had melted and blown away.  Temperature inside the dome this morning was 35.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter growables

I found a good list of cold-weather crops to try next year.  To credit the source, here is a link to the University of Missouri article on winter greenhouse growing.

Leafy greens             Vegetables                Flowers
Arugula                             Beet                    Calendula
Chard                            Bok choi              Johnny jump-up
Cilantro                          Broccoli              Linaria (Toadflax)
Collards                     Broccoli raab                 Pansy
Cornsalad (Mache)        Cabbage
Cress                              Carrot
Dandelion                         Kale
Endive                              Leek
Escarole                          Onion
Lettuce                         Pak choi
Mizuna                              Pea

I have already proven lettuce production in cool weather, but now that night temps are at freezing or below, crops are growing very slowly.  Since I am still in construction mode, I am not set up for a good attempt at winter growing, but my pots are doing OK.