I cannot express how much I enjoyed this greenhouse this winter and spring! I have tried to portray my gratitude to my husband for all the work, time, and money he put into it. But in case it didn’t soak in . . . here is another huge THANK YOU, honey!
The greenhouse feels very empty now that I have planted all the flowers, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage and herbs. But here are the last of the pictures taken before I started planting everything outside.
One day I had to run down to the local nursery to get a few plants to make flowerpots for our neighbor’s shop. So when I got home, my mind was filled with what I had just paid for a few pots of flowers and how much I possibly saved by starting my own from seed.
However, had I been purchasing flowers and plants this year, I would only have purchased about 1/3 of what I was able to start in the greenhouse. Because I had the greenhouse and wanted to make great use of the space and heat – I started way more flowers than I normally plant in my summer flowerbeds.
But I did a rough figure from the size of the pots I used and came up with $500! This is what I would have most likely paid for all of these plants at the local nursery.
Of course, I was elated.
Then my husband’s logical mind kicked in ….. and he began to calculate what I spent in pots, seeds, soil, heat, and the greenhouse itself. But the greenhouse shouldn’t count, right? Since I hopefully get to use that for many more years!
Even knocking off some for those basic seed starting supplies, I felt good about coming out ahead. And I say you can’t put a price on doing something you love!
This winter, I put together four planter boxes, using scraps from our neighbor’s cabinet shop. They are rather amateur, but at least they are still holding together!
In one of them I planted some basil for one of my sweet friends who is a gourmet cook and has inspired me to no end on trying new ideas in my kitchen. I have planted the rest of the basil in my garden and hope to get her recipe for pesto this summer!
Now it’s on to summer and garden pictures . . .