My Wish List – a Greenhouse

My family was here last week from the Midwest, the land of long growing seasons and plenty of water.   They were amazed when we had frost twice in their four-day stay.  Where they are from the average last frost is the last week of April and that long growing season won’t end until frost arrives some time in mid to late October.  Our average last frost is late June or early July and less than 60 days later in August our first frost of the fall will arrive.

When compared to where we live in Montana, the Midwest is the promised land of milk and honey.   Produce is local, good and plentiful.   You have more than you can use and share with your neighbors.  It is one of those things that I miss most a garden and produce.  My uncle must have said several times each day you need a greenhouse and he is so right I do.  I am putting that on my wish list right now, a greenhouse.

Cold Frame or Mini-greenhouse

Last year we made frames from PVC to put over our raised beds to protect what little we can grow from the birds.   Now I am trying to figure out how I can make up to make a cold frame or a mini-green house that would utilize my frames and extend my growing season.

I fight with two elements at my house.  Wind that howls and frost that can happen almost all year long.   It makes growing things a challenge and any building or protection system a challenge.  Thank heavens for the internet it provides lots of fodder for thought.