Winter/Spring Seed Starting without Electricity - Part 3

It has been 12 days since the seeds went into the greenhouse and it's time for an update.
68F inside while it's 47F and windy outside

Once the seedlings started to emerge, I removed the milk carton tops so they would have the ability to breathe. Only 3 of the cartons have seedlings large enough to be opened. Apparently, rhubarb takes a long time to germinate or my seeds were duds?
Bok Choy - in desperate need of some water?

Sunflowers and Garlic
Chives (currently MIA)

A few reminders if you want to use a greenhouse of any kind:

1. Venting is essential. I have been diligently opening the greenhouse on all days over 60F but even still some of my seedlings were burned.

These amaranth seedlings were scorched in the heat:
Amaranth and Buckwheat - half of the amaranth tops were burned to a crisp

I ended up moving the greenhouse out of the direct sun. This decreases the internal temperature substantially and might negatively effect the "legginess" of the plants, but we'll have to see.

2. Bricks and/or water bottles are essential. Not only do they heat up and store energy, but they also keep a flimsy little greenhouse from being toppled or taken away by the wind.

3. Animals will get inside. I haven't had any mammals or birds enter yet, but I did have wasps take up residence inside the containers. They all died - scorched?? It's not a big deal but something to be aware of.

Want to learn more about off grid gardening or how/why we are growing without electricity?

Check out:
Winter/Spring Seed Starting without Electricity - Part 1
Winter/Spring Seed Starting without Electricity - Part 2
Growing Food on the Edge of a Forest
How to keep indoor plants and seedlings for getting leggy while grown in a window
How to grow seedlings in winter in northern climates
DIY self watering planters from recycled materials


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