June 28, 2017

I’ve Always Wanted a Greenhouse …

• By Janine Pineo •

Gardening is easy.

Some may disagree. Some may think I’m nuts. In fact, over the years, a lot of people seem surprised that I garden at all, let alone as much as I do. I gave up a long time ago thinking why anyone would even think about it, let alone question it.

It’s just something I do: muck around in dirt, cart manure and compost, get ridiculously happy over earthworms and sweat like a waterfall as I wrassle the pole beans from their vines in the August heat.

Year in, year out. It’s just something I do.

Kind of like longing for a greenhouse. We all know the line: “And visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.”

Greenhouse = sugarplums.

That’s my dream. I always pictured a conservatory-type greenhouse, massive enough for trees and fountains and orchids and birds and butterflies. Maybe even fish floating along a cascading stream from fountain to fountain. There would be a big dome in the center with all that fancy metalwork on the outside and there I would recline on an elegant wicker chaise longue as it snowed and sleeted outside. I would have tea and a good book or two. And there I’d live in my magnificent greenhouse, faithful dog lolling by the hearth of a sweet little woodstove, crackling merrily away.

I did say it was a dream, didn’t I?

The practical side of my brain — i.e., the side that deals with budgets and money — knows that would require a lot more than what is in my budget.

So, last spring, when I thought I could afford it, I bought a wee pop-up greenhouse made out of plastic and ripstop nylon and fiberglass poles. It was less than $300. Its footprint is 6 feet by 6 feet.

And thus began the saga of The Wee Pop-up Greenhouse.

Let’s just start things off by saying that it isn’t exactly my sugarplum dream.

I’ll be posting a few more installments as we progress into spring. Because I am determined to grow something inside it, if it kills me.

Gardening? That is easy.

Click here for Installment 1.

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