My urban greenhouse and a fig update

We have had some strange weather this Spring. It started out mild and promising, but then came a week or two of winter-like weather. That’s not an exaggeration. There was snow accumulation on the ground. Our winter was relatively mild, so we shouldn’t be complaining. It simply took me by surprise. But today is hopefully the first of many more warmer days to come. We hit 16C today! I took advantage of the beautiful weather and took my seedlings outside for 15 minutes. I set a timer so that I wouldn’t forget to bring them back in. This is the very first time they have been able to be outside, in direct sun, so the tender leaves can easily become sun scorched. The process of hardening-off your seedlings is crucial. It simply means that you slowly introduce them to the sun by taking them out every day, starting with 10-15 minutes the first day, and gradually increasing the length they stay outdoors.

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I also remembered the greenhouse I purchased through Stokes Seeds. It arrived in January/February, and has been sitting in a box in my basement. I decided to assemble it today.

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It’s light weight and easy to assemble (no tools required). It’s a perfect urban greenhouse as it does not take up too much space. The dimensions areĀ 4 x 2 x 2 ft/122 x 61 x 61 cm (L x W x H).

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It just fit through our sliding door, so measure before you build! Hubs asked about the chances of it blowing away. That’s solvable by using bricks, but within minutes after I threw on the plastic cover, my concern was that it was going to melt to our deck floor! With the flaps closed, and the sun beating down on it, it was very hot inside. Good thing there are flaps!

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Our fig trees also had their first taste of the outdoors today. Our big fig is the trickiest one to get through the door.

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They’ve been creating this incredible canopy over our kitchen table. And as soon as we enter the house, the smell of figs hits you right away.

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