Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Little Greenhouse that could.

The purpose of this blog will be to chronicle and journal the success and failures (hopefully success) of the Deamer family gardening efforts. 
 My Dad purchased this little greenhouse in 1983 at a yard sale for $90.00 dollars. That was almost 29 years ago. Now you would think over the course of those 29 years that countless flowers and vegetables would be grown and harvested. Not with most things in life, life gets in the way. Life is busy, especially when taking care of 4 kids and everything that comes with them. Needless to say the only attention this greenhouse got over the years was drying some fruit and making homemade fruit leather and getting the crap kicked out of it by kids breaking panes of glass with everything from soccer balls to out of control motorcycles. So fast forward to 2012!!
 We lost our Father and Grandfather James Creamer in November of 2011. He was an amazing person who I remember as being able to do anything. One of those things would have been gardening. I think that for me and my Dad we both feel that gardening is a way for us to remember him and also to keep a part of him here with us. We decided to literally dust off the Little Greenhouse that could and get serious about green house gardening. With new thermal panes installed, a fan and venting system that can keep the greenhouse at a constant temperature, and a heater for cool nights we decided to go all in.

 We started in early March and planted everything from tomatoes, squash, pole beans, radishes and onions. We also decided to do some flowers. We chose to grow starts for gladiolas, lilies, dahlias, and ranunculus. In the future we will be posting exact dates of the starts, germination, and transplanting. Then we can follow up to see what succeeded and what did not.