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this winter i filled my greenhouse with plants .... no heat...-23 temperatures
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its been an interesting year in the north... we had an unusually mild december and january but february (-23!!) has been bitter cold.... i have a technique ... and it worked... with absolutely no heat! ... here's a few pics... more to follow

spinach

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these peas were planted in december

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purple broccoli and romanesco broccoli

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mustard greens

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RE: this winter i filled my greenhouse with plants .... no heat...-23 temperatures
i had the idea that fresh compost is hot, too hot for plants to survive....so we dug trenches and filled them with hot spent mushroom compost and covered it with 6 " of soil....then we planted in the soil.... the plants have been covered with frost cloth and then greenhouse plastic .... they have been watered 3 times all winter, never been weeded and have no pests to speak of.... the black pots that the mustard greens are in are filled with the hot compost and 6 " soil on top.

very slow growing, and if i had started sooner, i would have had greater success, i certain plants did not survive as well as others, .... but many did !!
next year will be amazing !
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kohlrabi

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arugula

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beets


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That's pretty neat, good job!

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PopEye  Wrote: (02-21-2021 02:01 PM)
That's pretty neat, good job!

thanks popeye.... i think if this is the new normal weather pattern for my area... i have it figured out
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great-grandfather  Wrote: (02-21-2021 02:18 PM)
PopEye  Wrote: (02-21-2021 02:01 PM)
That's pretty neat, good job!

thanks popeye.... i think if this is the new normal weather pattern for my area... i have it figured out
It's pretty impressive... slower growth due to lower temps, but reduced pest problems. :thumbup

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PopEye  Wrote: (02-21-2021 02:01 PM)
That's pretty neat, good job!

He has a good crop of spinach there.. :thumbup

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PuddyCat  Wrote: (02-21-2021 02:36 PM)
PopEye  Wrote: (02-21-2021 02:01 PM)
That's pretty neat, good job!

He has a good crop of spinach there.. :thumbup

Yum!

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PopEye  Wrote: (02-21-2021 02:41 PM)
PuddyCat  Wrote: (02-21-2021 02:36 PM)
He has a good crop of spinach there.. :thumbup

Yum!

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RE: this winter i filled my greenhouse with plants .... no heat...-23 temperatures
great-grandfather  Wrote: (02-21-2021 12:51 PM)
i had the idea that fresh compost is hot, too hot for plants to survive....so we dug trenches and filled them with hot spent mushroom compost and covered it with 6 " of soil....then we planted in the soil.... the plants have been covered with frost cloth and then greenhouse plastic .... they have been watered 3 times all winter, never been weeded and have no pests to speak of.... the black pots that the mustard greens are in are filled with the hot compost and 6 " soil on top.

very slow growing, and if i had started sooner, i would have had greater success, i certain plants did not survive as well as others, .... but many did !!
next year will be amazing !

Next year? chuckle
This years success is amazing!
Your vegetable plants are a beautiful sight in winter.
Thanks for the info and photos and enjoy your harvest.

IMPRESSIVE!

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Outstanding work!
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great-grandfather  Wrote: (02-21-2021 12:51 PM)
i had the idea that fresh compost is hot, too hot for plants to survive....so we dug trenches and filled them with hot spent mushroom compost and covered it with 6 " of soil....then we planted in the soil.... the plants have been covered with frost cloth and then greenhouse plastic .... they have been watered 3 times all winter, never been weeded and have no pests to speak of.... the black pots that the mustard greens are in are filled with the hot compost and 6 " soil on top.

very slow growing, and if i had started sooner, i would have had greater success, i certain plants did not survive as well as others, .... but many did !!
next year will be amazing !

Next year? chuckle
This years success is amazing!
Your vegetable plants are a beautiful sight in winter.
Thanks for the info and photos and enjoy your harvest.

IMPRESSIVE!

i havent posted them all yet... thanks, it has been challenging... the biggest surprise are the vegetables that i thought were more cold hardy.... the success has been largely due to the hot daytime temperatures that warm everything up during the day, and hold the heat through most of the cold nights... it has been over 90 many days... unfortunately the hot daytime temperatures have caused some of the cold hardy crops to bolt ! caught me off guard.
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Greener  Wrote: (02-21-2021 03:52 PM)
Outstanding work!

thanks greener
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Very nice! What kind of greenhouse are you working with?

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I think I would bury a thick wall of styrofoam insulation, doen to the frost line, around the greenhouse.
That is, the soil in the greenhouse, would go all the way down to the 45/whatever degree geothermal ground temperature, and conduct it up yo the greenhouse soil. But, it would be insulated from the subfreezing soil, above the frostline, that surrounds the greenhouse.
And I agree, a compodt pile, within yhe greenhouse is a good idea.

I have no experience. But I have thought about growing some exotic plants rhat require a longer growing season, with electric grow lights. For instance, a grocery store I went to sells vanilla beans, for a buck, a piece. I imagin there might be some profit potential there.
I would like to grow my own, vanilla, coffee, avocado, spices, herbs, ginseng 'hemp', and all the other 'unmentionable' plants that are creating a trade deficit in America.. Naughty
There is a blue Jamaican banana variety, that is supposed to tolerate cool climates better, and taste more like vanilla icecream.(than yellow bananas)
As well as

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