Episode-82- Winter is for Gardening Part Two

Today’s show expands on Part 1 from yesterday and covers various ways to improve your winter gardening efforts to expand the production of your survival gardening efforts.  This show was recorded a day in advance and is being posted during my absense on a business trip.

There most likely will not be a show tomorrow, please forgive the brief nature of today’s show notes and the lack of a show one day this week.  We will return on Thursday for another edition.

Tune in today for…

  • Thoughts on options for indoor growth lights
  • Why a  sunny window is often not sufficient for indoor gardening
  • How to turn an old fish tank into a mini garden
  • The cost vs value evaluation of compact florescent full UV spectrum lighting
  • Ideas for what will and what will not grow well as an indoor plant
  • Methods to keep your greenhouse above freezing even on very cold nights
  • Building or using “row houses” to protect in ground crops during the winter in mild climates
  • Getting an early start in climates where you can’t grow through the winter
  • The advantages of starting your own seeds

Resources for today’s show

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4 Responses to Episode-82- Winter is for Gardening Part Two

  1. If you live in the south and want to keep your greenhouse warm during those few below freezing days do this.

    Get yourself 1, 2, or 3 (depending on the size of your greenhouse) 55 gallon metal drums. Fill them with water and paint them black. Place them in your greenhouse so that during the day the sun shines directly on them.

    Water loses heat much slower than air. So at night they radiate heat into your greenhouse all night long. And they store the heat during the day.

    Now this fails if you have a day with significant cloud cover. But its vastly cheaper than a heater for the bulk of winter days/nights.

  2. Enjoyed todays pod cast on winter gardening an all.. it was an is an good Idea to do as todays times are definetly unstable, an we know not what the future may hold for us in that regard… Gardening is one of my favorite things I enjoy doing, thanks as you now got me thinking of building an greenhouse to putter around in an get plants growning for this next spring ahead of time….. by the way I am enjoying your podcasts greatly… ewver do one on foraging for food through fishing, hunting and wild plants an such?

  3. Last weekend I double dug my 2 main raised beds. Next beds I build will be a max of 3-4 feet as you found. It’s hard to streeeeeetch to the middle…

  4. Listening to this podcast now. The whole winter-gardening theme is great. However, quick correction: I just heard Jack mention that larger greenhouses are harder to keep above freezing overnight in the winter. It’s actually just the opposite; larger greenhouses hold their heat better. The volume of warm air within the greenhouse increases faster than the surface area of the greenhouse walls, as the house dimensions increase. Now, keeping them warm with supplemental heat, that is harder, but they will hold the heat longer and better overnight.