Steve, who puts in a little time around here every now and then, said he could rig the greenhouse so that I could raise lettuce all winter without having to use the furnace. Okay, I thought I would give it a try.
Trusting that this was going to work out and could perhaps provide enough income that I could move to town and keep the farm too, I approached a restaurant in LaPorte to sell them winter heirloom lettuce. He put in an order! The restaurant
I took the greenhouse catalog from last year and told him to pick what he wanted us to grow next season. He said he felt like a kid in a candy store and gave us a list of about 30 items that he would like. But right now, I have to get going with the lettuce. I started about 3,000 seeds in seedling trays. Today the first of the germinated lettuces were big enough to pot up into a big growing tray.
Here are some pictures of what is happening in the greenhouse.
|Barrels of water to control heat|
|Planting first tray of cutting lettuce|
|Finished tray of cutting lettuce in water bath|
|Gravel around foundation to discourage mice|
|Organic potting soil - 58 bags!|
|Seedling trays on heating mats|