I started my peas inside a little greenhouse earlier this year. It just seemed so cold so late that I wanted to give them a head start. I took this picture on April 6th.
I had purchase an end table from Youth Ranch for fifty cents a few years ago. I used it for a feed stand for the goats and eventually the top was broken out. It is a perfect, solid frame and I stapled plastic around the edges. I used an old window for the top and it made a great little greenhouse!
Epic battles! Incredible feats of strength and skill! Gladiator has nothing on my on-going battles with field bindweed, also called wild morning glory. Once it gets hold of your garden, it puts its roots deep, even unto three feet! You dare not rototill, because every broken piece of root or stem will grow into a vigorous new plant. I refuse to use poisons (they don't work anyway), so I dig out as much of every root of every plant that I possibly can. I have put down black plastic and pulled it up after two years, and there will still be thick gnarls of white sun-starved bindweed shoots. This is a picture of a spot after I pulled up the plastic and these plants greened up after only a couple of days!
Look at this will to survive! Every knot and stem is a node where a new plant can start. In places where it became too thick for me to dig out every piece, I dug deep and started a fire, then banked it and made charcoal. Where the fire burned deep, I was finally able to eradicate some of the bindweed.
I keep thinking that with so much energy stored in the roots and shoots, if one could cross-breed bindweed and potatoes (or some other nutritious starchy vegetable), world hunger could be cured!
Angora goats rule!
Thank you, Lord, for my job, my home, and goats!