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I mean REALLY, who needs a greenhouse?

  OK, so I get all the info on sustainable farming, grants available, the latest technology available for planting, greenhouse diagrams.....blah, blah, blah.  And with Spring just around the corner, I really should be paying more attention, and trying to keep an open mind.  Yet,  I just can't keep myself from falling back on "Old Tried and True"

  I just can't seem to make myself spend the money on a greenhouse.  So, a couple of weeks ago, I broke out the egg cartons, potting soil, some seeds, and the utility lamp, and went to work.  In a couple of hours, I had transformed my dining room into a greenhouse.  Now, I have a wealth of herbs that need to be transplanted into larger containers.  Isn't Nature a wonderful thing?

  Well, I know that I'm most likely going to out grow the dining room, and overflow into the spare bedroom....but that's alright.  Look at all the money that I'm saving!  Three nights ago, I started the tomatoes and peppers.  Last night, I fired up an incubator full of chicken and duck eggs.  All without having to leave the warmth of my home and risk life and limb in this unnaturally cold weather....trying to get to a greenhouse.

  Re-invent the wheel, I don't think so....Lazy, maybe.....cost effective, DEFINATELY!!

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I'm with you. Greenhouses are huge energy hogs and the greenhouse-grown crops don't taste as good as the food grown out in the sun and the wind. Starting seeds is not a big enough reason to have a greenhouse.

Posted by Walter on February 26, 2010 at 09:55 AM CST #

Walter, how does a greenhouse hog energy? How does it use ANY energy, for that matter? Isn't a greenhouse just a box covered with something that lets sunlight in? And the point of this blog post is that these seeds are being started inside, under lamps. So there is no sun or wind. I'm confused.

Posted by Bob on February 26, 2010 at 03:15 PM CST #

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