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We are groing Frontenac grapes to make our own wine. We ordered the grape plants from Fedco seeds. Fedco has a great selection of organic and untreated seeds, plants, trees and bulbs.

These grapes sound like they will make a wonderful red wine and should grow well in our climate.

The plants didn’t make it up to the trellis last year, so acording to Jeff Cox in From Wines to Wines they are supposed to be pruned down to only one bud and they will “surely make it there this year.”

A green greenhouse

The greenhouse is turning green! The plants on the ground are lettuces that were planted last fall. They didn’t grow much over the winter, but they survived.

The plants on the shelf, in the back of the green house are the sprouts that were growing under the plant light just last week. They have done wonderfully. The seeds were planted a few weeks ago, when the first green appeard, my wife (the gardening goddess) put them under the plant light.

Welcome spring.

Welcome Spring! My wife, the gardening goddess, wanted to start onions and spinach. The soil outside is solid as a rock, so the seeds will have to be planted in the house.

My sand and water table, having a 24″x36″ plastic tub, is perfect to start seedlings, provided an appropriate light source can be added. I built a frame to suspend two 40 inch shop lights above it. I built the frame tall enough that it could be used to suspend other things.

The lights are about 6 inches above the plants.

Cattle Panel Greenhouse

I built a green house for my wife’s birthday. It didn’t cost a lot and it looks awesome. Here are some Pictures. It is built using 2×4 lumber and cattle panels. The 2x4s make a base and the cattle panels form the roof. The whole thing is covered with plastic. The door is made with an old storm window we had. There are handles that extend out at the base, so it can be moved. To build it, I first made the wood frame, then anchored the cattle panels. To bend the cattle panels while I anchored them to the base, I tied rope between the ends and tightened it until they were just right, then nailed the cattle panel in place. Once the panels were anchored, I built the rear brace, then the door and door frame. I added the beam across the top for stability then anchored the cattle panel to the top beam.

Click here to go directly to the project.