Monday, March 7, 2016

Journal March 7, 2016 - Greenhouse open, for now

Unbelievable, the greenhouse is back in use after being closed on the first of January.  And, the weather service forecasts moderate temperatures well into the middle of next week.

So, I placed a number of plants in the greenhouse for as long as the weather permits.  This will give the grow lights a rest, save on  the utility bill and give the plants the benefit of greenhouse conditions.

Right now, at 6:30 pm, the temperature in the greenhouse is 49 degrees F.  The night temperatures for the next week and a half are forecast to be above freezing, however, I have the fan forced electric heater plugged into the thermo cube just in case.  

The fan forced greenhouse heater has been used very little since I have had it, so I am interested in seeing how it works.  It should be ideal under these conditions, as it will react to, and correct for temperature drop much more quickly than the oil filled electric radiator I had been using.

It would be truly astounding if the greenhouse was closed for only ten weeks out of the year in New York, but our weather is unpredictable, so the cold will probably return.  

Most of the olive trees placed in the greenhouse have buds that are just forming, they are further behind the trees in the tent with the large multi-spectrum LED, where the buds are fully open.  It should be interesting to see how the budding trees react to being in the greenhouse.

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