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I could not help myself, the budget made me do it.

Posted Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 9:05 AM

Honestly, I have every intention of working the family budget today but for some reason I keep finding things to do, like sweep the greenhouse and cut YEARS of vines coming from a solid green and golden pothos. http://www.davesgarden.com/guides/pf/sho... . And what about those dried leaves and several feet of trailing begonia? They need attention too.

I surely would not have done it if I had something to do more tasteful but working the budget? Number crunching belongs to the accountants, but not for my Saturday morning. Even now the pieces I saved for re-rooting (can't help myself) are laying by the door, just longing for my attention, or maybe it is the other way a round.

And here I am writing about my plants, while those pesky little slips of paper are at my right elbow. Oh well, sometimes you just gotta bight down and do it.

Oh no, I was planning to add a picture and found files from the newsletter I am writing last night and that really needs to be done before the budget stuff. Doesn't it?

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Speaking of your Greenhouse, does it stay warm in there during the winter?

I built a small shelter for my plants with shade net and 20'x100' clear 6 mil plastic on roof and all 4 sides with a space heater.

All my plants died when it went down to 4 degrees except for the ones I brought inside.

Do I have to go with a thermopane Glass and a commercial heater for my plants to survive in the winter, if I decide to save any next year?

I've spent hundreds of $$ on plants just to lose them because the weather man waits til 10pm to tell us "There will be FROST Tonight".

I'm getting tired of fighting with the Devil over my plants and ready to throw the towel in.

Even my Tropical plants die in the summer because it is too Hot. Go figure!

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Dec 18, 2010, at 12:04 PM

Most of the windows are double glazed and it is attached to our house. If we did not have that we would probably build into the hillside to give us more protection.

A space heater is used on extremely cold nights and but we have a wood heater venting into the space as well. Temp rarely gets below 50 degrees.

If I wanted to be more passive about it, I would add thermal mass to heat up during the sunny days and release the heat at night. There are numerous ways to do that and we could discuss some of them here.

If a particular plant is more sensitive than others, I might cover it with plastic and put a light bulb underneath.

A lot depends on what you are trying to save and their temperature requirements. I would not try to save orchids but have overwintered tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.

You had 4 degree weather this year? That would keep me up most of the night feeding the fire.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 18, 2010, at 12:26 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.