Scrapping the Small Plastic Greenhouses in Brooklyn

Posted on Nov 23 2009 - 5:30am by Mike Lieberman

I’ve decided to scrap the small plastic greenhouses in my Brooklyn backyard vegetable garden. The past two weeks I’ve had problems with support for them and realized that I should’ve built a larger greenhouse.

It’s not that they don’t work because they work fine on my fire escape garden. The problem is that I get to my Grandmother’s only a few days a week, so the plastic stays on them for most of the week. This is causing a lot of condensation and affecting the plants.

Some of the kales, lettuces and especially the sorrels were starting to die because of the conditions. So I took of the plastic greenhouses before I left for a 10 day trip out to Los Angeles.

It’ll be interesting to see how the plants are affected during this time. The weather hasn’t been too cold here in NYC. It’s been about 50s during the day and 40s at night.

When I get back it’s still not out of the question to build something, but we shall see when I return.

My thoughts are just letting the uncovered containers go for as long as possible. Take note of all the lessons, I learned (and will share) and start from scratch (and seeds) next season.

What do you think?


  • http://seedscatterer.blogspot.com/ Nell Jean

    It's all a learning experience. My motto in life is 'Do What Works' — sometimes it takes a lot of experimenting to figure out exactly what works in a particular situation. You're fortunate to have a grandmother who is so encouraging.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the encouragement Nell. I wholeheartedly agree with you. I definitely like the experimenting part and then using what I learned.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the encouragement Nell. I wholeheartedly agree with you. I definitely like the experimenting part and then using what I learned.

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