Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: No heater greenhouse gardening

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Granite Falls (Zone 8a)
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SlugHunter
Apr 19, 2017 1:57 PM CST
This is my first year starting plants indoors and then moving them into the green house was wondering when to move tomatoes cucumbers corn into the greenhouse cause of the weather this year the temps are around 65-80 during the day and at night 38-50 i don't want to lose any plants so i have not wanted to try and leave them out over night yet
Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 2:00 PM CST
I don't grow veggies, but I wait for outdoor overnight temps to be at least consistently 50F and higher before I move some of my plants outdoors and some to my growcamp.
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Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Apr 19, 2017 6:42 PM CST
I would think as soon as you can keep the greenhouse at 50 at night consistently you are good. I'm just in Lake Stevens and plant my tomatoes end of May outside. So I'm moving them in and out with our crazy weather. This year has been exceptionally cold so far.
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lauribob
Apr 22, 2017 8:45 AM CST
I'm not sure if this is useful information or not. I live on the other side of the mountains and have a small unheated greenhouse. I start my seeds out there rather than starting in the house and then moving. I have purchased bottom heat mats that take care of heating the soil for germination as early as February over here where the weather is much colder in the winter. We do get a lot more sun though. I keep a hi-lo thermometer out there and have had inside overnight lows in the 40's with outdoor lows in the 20's with no problem. However, my plants start out from seed there and that's a bit different from getting moved from one location to another. Also my greenhouse is a bricks and mortar building with double pane glass and holds heat better than a portable outfit with plastic. Best of luck to you!
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Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Jun 19, 2017 5:46 PM CST
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I would LOVE to see pics of your greenhouse Hurray! Did you build it?
When do you start tomatoes and peppers? February?
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Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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lauribob
Jun 20, 2017 8:26 AM CST
My husband built my greenhouse years ago - added on to our pump house when I asked him to put something on the side of it for me to start plants in. He's pretty talented and he really went with it! I used to start my tomatoes and peppers in February, but since we've retired, we travel in the winter, so I don't usually get things going until March or April anymore. I bought some big trays so I can use wicking fabric to bottom water and we put shade cloth on the windows when it starts getting too hot.
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This photo was taken a year or so after it was built over 15 years ago ago - it looks a bit more weathered and 'lived-in' now. We also added a storage room for garden tools and stuff. The other photo is the old pump house we started with. I love my greenhouse.




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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Jun 26, 2017 11:14 AM CST
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Oh my gosh! I just now saw your post!
That is AMAZING! May have been an understatement that your "husband is talented" !
Thank you so much for posting these interesting and beautiful photos! Group hug
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Granite Falls (Zone 8a)
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SlugHunter
Jun 28, 2017 1:02 PM CST
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The green house was going to be thrown away so i dismantled it and reassembled at my house a little worn but not bad for free i started all my tomatoes and cucumbers inside early march and then moved them to the green house the end of April and then planted tomatoes outside May 18th it was still a little cold and the tomatoes got some sunburn but they recovered i left the cucumbers in the green house for a couple weeks longer.
Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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lauribob
Jun 28, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Great score on the greenhouse! Your veggie gardens look great as well - very nice.
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