Thanks for joining us, everyone.
We’re in the midst of the Home and Garden Show season, so lots of interest, from folks that have attended the Home and Garden Show in the 6 Week Greenhouse. If you haven’t downloaded the PDF, remember it’s available here on the site, and then that links you also to the step by step video of yours truly showing you how to build the greenhouse.
Thomas posted a question in the forum about when to get the greenhouse set up.
I want you try to target six weeks before your average last frost date, and to find your average last frost date, of course, you can use your ZIP code and the Google and just Google it and it’ll tell you approximately when your last frost date is for your ZIP code. Start six weeks before that or somewhere around there.
You’re gonna get the greenhouse erected and set up and then put the bales inside and start the conditioning process. And you can stick your hand in there and feel when they get warmed up. As soon as they’re warmed up, now you can move your seed trays out to your little greenhouse from in the house, if you’ve already started your seeds under lights.
For some plants, tomatoes and other things that take longer to get seedlings ready, you’re probably gonna have already started those in the house and they’ll be coming up and tiny little plants at the time when you move ’em out there. For other things that only need a six week head start, you can seed those in the seed trays and put the seed trays right into that greenhouse, as long as it’s warm.
Now, what do I mean by warm? I mean it can’t get freezing temperatures overnight, so by the time your six weeks before your last frost comes along, it’s gonna have warmed up. Your nighttime temperatures certainly are still gonna get below freezing probably but it’ll be kept warm enough by that energy out of the straw bales as they’re decomposing, so it’ll keep it nice and warm.
One little trick for ya, you can get these, if your greenhouse is close enough to your house that it can get your Wi-Fi, they’ve got these really inexpensive thermometers that you can hook up to your Wi-Fi and then you can set an alarm to read your lowest and highest temperatures every day, and if you’re curious about how hot or how cool it gets in your greenhouse, that’s a really good tip for ya is get one of those, they’re very inexpensive, put that in your little greenhouse and then you can keep track of how cold it’s getting, how warm it’s getting, and kinda keep an eye on your greenhouse that way.
Oh yeah, one other thing. If you don’t want your greenhouse to become a kite and end up in the neighbor’s yard, you’re gonna need to fasten it down.
If you live in a cold climate like I do, the ground’s probably gonna be frozen still when you build this greenhouse, so you can’t pound a post in the ground and then secure it to the two by four frame, so instead, I want you to put two more two by fours underneath where the bales would sit and then fasten those two by fours to the frame and the weight of the bales will hold that greenhouse down, won’t end up being a kite.
And once you get your greenhouse built, remember to come and share photos on the Straw Bale Garden Club forum. We’d love to see a picture of it and your smiling face standing next to it.