Many of you folks are working without a proper greenhouse, much like me!
Here is a small tour of the little things I have built in my garden in order to create warm and sheltered micro-climates for my plants, against the Danish seaside weather I cope with daily.
- Home-made mistbank
- Two stakes and a bag, anchored with a clothespin, to protect the fig tree
- A candy-container cloche
- An aquarium (can you believe someone was throwing that away?), converted into a squash nursery – the straw bale behind it holds quite a bit of heat
- Plexi-glass lean-to wind shelter on a warm straw bale, sheltering numerous seedlings
- Plexi-glass lean to wind shelter on a black berm, sheltering a Carolina spicebush
The most important features of all of these are protection from wind, and retention of heat.
Protection from wind is provided by glass, plastic, or whatever I can find that allows the sun to shine through.
Retention of heat is provided by mulch, fire bricks, using black paint, or proximity to decomposing straw bales.
What do you use to fend off the cold in your garden?