Portable greenhouse saved my veggies from critters and frostcomments (2) November 1st, 2009
I've had a heck of a time trying to grow vegetables in my Connecticut country home. Because I live in a wooded area, I don't get a lot of light and my lot stays cooler than if I had a wide open space. Additionally, the critters -- squirrels, rabbits and deer -- always seem to find my vegetables, especially tomatoes, just as they're getting ripe.
This year I tried one of those hoop-framed portable greenhouses. I set it up on my deck because it gets the best light, and planted my veggies in containers. To keep it from blowing off the deck, I held it down with 2x4s screwed to the decking. The device really holds in heat. In the spring, on a sunny day, it got nice a warm inside the tent while outside it still felt chilly. Once the weather really heated up, I opened the two zippered doors and let the breeze through the screened doors to avoid overheating my plants.
Overall, it was a success. My plants grew well, even though it was a cool summer. The greenhouse kept the critters out and I enjoyed my veggies, although I wss affected by the tomato blight, which reduced my yield. Always something!
Now with fall upon us, I've experienced a few nights of frost, but my herbs continue to thrive inside the greenhouse.
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