Last winter I built a greenhouse out back. By the time it was finished it was too late to be starting seeds for the summer garden because it was already getting warm outside.
A few days ago I whitewashed the greenhouse using some hydrated lime mixed with water and applied with a broom. This provides some shade so that it doesn’t get too hot in there. Each rainstorm will wash away a little bit of that whitewash and so as weather cools, the ‘greenhouse effect’ will be stronger.
Inside I prepared some beds and planted kale, spinach, mache, lettuce, arugula, beets, kohlrabi and radishes. I moved in a few kale transplants that we started outside a month ago, too. This way we have a succession planting of kale. As we plan better in future years we will do more of this.
According to some of the Eliot Coleman books we’ve read, we are a little late in doing this planting. Better late than never! I’ll let you know how it turns out.