Guess what I did today? It involved all of these pieces:
Since it was such a nice, sunny, mild day, I dragged a big box out of the garage to work on this little project on the back patio.
It took about an hour, was manufactured in Japan and involved a small amount of colorful language on my part. The instructions were just a diagram.
Can you tell what it is...?
It will get our garden started much earlier this year.
It's a greenhouse! Pretty cool, huh? It used to belong to my mom, but she decided she didn't want it anymore and gave it to us. I am so excited!
Don't look too closely -- it's all crooked because I couldn't jam all the bars in as far as they were supposed to go, even with all the most superhumanest, gruntingest strength I could muster, and HWWLLB was busy with something else. Hopefully he'll be able to straighten it out later.
I can't wait to start the lettuces and spinach and kale and bok choy! We'll be eating fresh greens weeks ahead of schedule. This will also let me start some of the summer plants (like watermelons) earlier this year while the cool weather plants are hogging all the garden space. Maybe we'll have some hope of harvesting sauce tomatoes and eating melons before the horrid evil heat of late July destroys all life and forces us indoors cower in the air conditioning and watch everything wilt from afar.
This is so exciting. It's making me crave vegetables in the worst way (such that I actually just ate a carrot). I'm going to go make a cup of tea and get out all the seed catalogs and the garden drawings from last year and start planning the schedule. Whee! Garden fun!