Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snow's Falling, Plants Are Growing

January is usually considered the most wintery of all months. Coldest temperatures and highest snowfalls almost always take place during this time. But although the outdoor weather plummets, it is time to begin planing for the soon coming growing season. When we lived on the farm, January was a month filled with seed-ordering and even plant starting.

The cold wind blew as snowflakes softly fell. Inside the greenhouse, wood-stoves radiated heat, bringing the temperature up to the 70s. We were busy mixing potting soil and preparing to start plants. Excitement filled the air as we made soil-blocks and placed them onto our homemade wooden flats. Then we tediously put a few seeds into each soil-block. Although after a while our backs got sore from bending over, it still was always a fun and enjoyable time.

Our greenhouse was divided into two sections. The first section's dimensions were 30x12 feet and was lined with around 150 square feet of growing tables. It was heated by a nice barrel stove that my older brothers made. The second section was for our early tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, as well as some winter lettuce for our family. This 30x36 foot area was heated by a further two barrel stoves, one of them we bought from a neighbor and the other was homemade.

Every day my brother kept the wood-stoves stocked and the plants watered, even rising one to two times a night to keep the stoves going. The hard work payed off and the seeds soon began sprouting, peaking above the soil and climbing upward. Yes, there's a lot of work. But it's worth it.

By the way; my older brothers built our greenhouse with timber that they felled. Here is a link to a video of them building it:  http://homesteadinthehillsoftennessee.blogspot.com/2013/12/greenhouse-video.html


  1. This wonderful post has been featured on "Tuesday with a Twist" blog hop! I haven't looked at your video but I plan on doing that next. My husband & I have a hoop house & our Kale is looking great! - It survived the 18 below temps that we just had last week in Michigan.
    Thanks so much!
    PS - Stop by if you get a chance & grab a "featured" button - Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much for featuring this post!
      That's so wonderful that your kale is looking great even after -18 degrees! Kale is hardy! You must have a good hoop house too!
      Have a wonderful day!

  2. Thank you for sharing your post at the HomeAcre Hop!
    Interesting to hear about planting in January. :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Planting in January - and even some in December - was really nice! :)