Monday, July 22, 2013

Our Greenhouse

I'm the kind of person who loves to make vision boards.  My husband and I make one together every year or two with very specific goals and pictures to look at everyday until we make them happen.  Let me tell you, it is the coolest thing to go back to an old dream board and see what all we have accomplished, and its typically in an unusually short amount of time.  One of the things I had on my vision board was a little white cottage with a greenhouse.  I remember asking my grandpa how hard it would be to build a greenhouse and how much it would cost.  Well, the universe was working in my favor one Sunday when we were out looking for houses and just happened to see a sign that said for sale by owner.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that was our house.  And you can image my overwhelming surprise and delight when we went out back and came across this beautiful greenhouse.  I couldn't believe my eyes!  Just what I had always wanted!!  I think I screamed a little.  (You're supposed to play it cool when you're interested in a house.  Helps with negotiations.  Whoops.)  We got a great deal anyways, despite the inner joy that was radiating out of my sore-from-smiling-too-much cheekbones.  

As I've said before, my husband has the greenest of thumbs and has been studying horticulture.  We hope to have our own farm within the next 2-3 years, so this is the perfect yard for growing anything imaginable!  Here's Jared cleaning and taking care of his beloved greenhouse.

During spring and fall this area is so full of plants its hard to walk into!  The summer months are so warm in Central Illinois that we don't need to keep many plants in here unless to keep them away from the critters:  squirrel, chipmunks, deer, raccoons, opossums, fox, take your pick.

This is my happy place.  Jared's, too.  Pretty cool that we have the same happy places.

Watering, watering...

More watering, more watering...

These plants were really thirsty.  That's why I did so much watering.  Here is my potting bench that my grandpa spotted at a rummage sale one day last year.  I love it because it has a spot for soil that can be covered and used as a flat surface, and then a grated side to let the soil fall through when planting.  Plus, there a spot to hang your potting/gardening tools on the side.

Here's my hubby loading up the soil bin for me.

We just got a new shipment of seeds for our fall/winter crop.  I'm getting ready to pot some more herbs, in the meantime.

These are all heirloom varieties that have been handed down over years and years, without being touched by chemicals or pesticides and having never been turned into hybrids.  We use seed savers exchange, and next year we hope to be able to use a lot of our own seeds!   Happy planting!



  1. I love your blog Lindsay! Fantastic! Vision Boards are a great idea, I think I'll borrow it! :-) The Greenhouse looks like so much fun and huge kudos for using Heirloom seeds and staying away from those nasty GMO's! ~Amanda

  2. I spy peonies along the house!! We live in Southern CA and we have a hybrid that grows in our neck of the woods. An amazing plant. Trying out the laundry soaps...thanks.


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