Friday, March 16, 2012

It's that time again!

A couple of years ago, my hubby built me a little "green room" in the hobby shack in our back yard. The original owner was a carpenter and built the little house as his workshop (it has eleven electrical outlets!), but it's our garden shed now.

The greenroom is painted green inside and out except for the sliding door, is well insulated so it holds heat (it's 26 degrees Celcius in there right now -- that's 79 Fahrenheit), and is a lovely little space for starting seedlings when the warm March sun comes in the low south window.

Our dream is to convert the shack into a three-season greenhouse complete with clear roof and heat retaining back wall, but for now, it's sufficing as our early planting space.

The blue bin below is planted with early lettuce and chicory for salad, and a few Brandywine heirloom tomato seedlings should come up, too.

Leeks are on the windowsill, 

and tomatoes are in the 4x4 pots. Italians, Oxhearts, Li'l Rubes, bush beefsteak, and my favourite heirloom varieties -- Golden Russian, Moscow and Golden cherries. I also planted a few Blushing beauty peppers, and some jalapenos. 

The sun gets warmer by the day, and it will soon be time to plant outdoors. But please, God, we could use a little more moisture first! It's been a dry winter, and the little snow we had is almost gone already. The kids have their bikes and skateboards out, and the gardening season will soon be upon us -- I'll plant some lettuce in the cold frame against our shack in a couple of weeks. And then it will be tulip time -- can't wait! Happiness is dreaming about gardening, at least for me!

If you're a gardener type in Edmonton, don't forget Seedy Sunday is this Sunday, March 18th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Alberta Avenue Community Hall, 9210 118 Avenue. I wish I didn't have to sing at noon Mass that day -- the speakers they've lined up sound absolutely great! See And have a good weekend!


  1. I am totally jealous! What a great space. Only you may want to convert the temperature for your friends in the south country...26 degrees Fahrenheit is darn cool! (I looked it is about 79 F) ;)

  2. Yeah, I always forget about you Southerners and Fahrenheit. Fixed it.


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