A greenhouse is a great way to extend your growing season. You can start seeds earlier in the spring so that you’ll have larger plant starts to put in the ground after freezing weather stops. We have even had success overwintering pepper plants and putting the same plants back in the garden the following year. 

Centered in this picture is a loquat tree that is ready to go in the ground. Generally, winter and early spring are good times to plant trees because they are usually dormant and are at less risk of transplant shock. 

We kept this greenhouse warm during the (Texas) winter with just a single 60 watt lightbulb and three stacked terra cotta pots which help radiate the heat. It stayed so cozy that the geraniums (right) bloomed all winter long.

The strawberries on the bottom left (between the aloe vera and the kids’ pineapple and pumpkin experiments) are heeled in temporarily until I am ready to plant them. They seem to be quite perky, so maybe we’ll get a bumper crop of strawberries this year.

If you don’t have room for a full size greenhouse, simple cold frames could be a more doable alternative to achieve the same effect. Go forth and experiment! And don’t forget to send us pictures. We love to see your gardening projects!

 

 

Kids Spotted Eating Vegetables!

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Daniela reads to a toddler’s book club at Palestine Public Library

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Announcing our expanded second edition!

This new expanded edition has even more beautifully illustrated activities to engage young readers and families in community networking and Earth friendly activities, a poem by me (the author), and a special message about conservation and sustainability from Director...

Daniel’s role model – Dr. Jane Goodall

by publisher Charlotte Pierce It was such an honor to meet Dr. Jane Goodall with the Bishop Green Bees and Ottoson Middle School Roots & Shoots groups, 10 years ago. Her work was a major inspiration for author Sheryl Davis, in creating the character of Daniel for...

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