Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Hoop House Dreams

Just imagine the goodies I could grow in a greenhouse...

On the morning of NYE, I met up with a new blogging friend @ the local coffee shop. Because it's pretty much the only show in town. [There. I said it. New Year. New Me! In 2012, I might throw 'nice' right out the window and be all critical over things I normally never bitch about.]

I often wonder if other people standing in line at the Roaster are doing the same darn thing I'm doing...

Patronizing that place simply because they're local. They couldn't make a decent cappuccino if their lives depended on it. 

Greenhouse Fever: I'll take this one!
Cold coffee aside, it was a fun morning of sharing seeds and talking gardening. A fine time to dream since we're 6 months out from planting season.

Deb's also an alpaca rancher. I have a blurry vision of what alpacas are all about. My horse tends to race past them at a dead gallop because she's certain sure they're gonna eat her. So, I'm excited to pay a visit to Sunrise Ranch (without my horse) to see what these cuddly critters are all about.

I'd be A-Okay with a not-so-fancy hoopie house, too.
We discovered we're both dreaming of hoop houses. To extend our mountain growing season (which gets weirder and more volatile every year.)

This could work.
I'm actually way past the dreamy stage. I'm deep into OCD. As in obsessing night and day about the bennies of a hoop house.

Is this inspired by skyrocketing food prices? Driven by mounting food safety concerns?

Oh, hell no. This is all about the zen-y aspect of puttering in a greenhouse, playing with baby seedlings, all year long. I'd be in 7th heaven.

So, here we go. I'm officially declaring that this is the year. That a hoop house, a high tunnel, a greenhouse or something similar gets built in 2012. {Resolution #1.}

And, I'd be totally cool with this one. (Provided they'll take a bouncy-type check...)

Now you're talkin'




20 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wouldn't it be great to have something like that last one?? Dream on... even a hoop house would be a stretch for me.

OmegaMom said...

That last picture made me think of the Lincoln Park Conservatory (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/lincoln-park-conservatory/) in Chicago. Growing up, it was just one of those things that you did...you went to the park on a nice weekend day, and wandered through the conservatory. I always admired its soaring glass roofs.

You NEED to go there. :D

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Lisa;
Yes, that would be marvy... I might end up with a plastic box the size of a dog house. But I can dream can't I? :))

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Happy New Year, O!

I've been there! And, it is amazing.

I'm heading your way first thing tomorrow morning! I hope you New Mexicans are offering up some toasty warm weather for the Centennial Trail Ride...

Rilly said...

no way....too many windows to wash. Altho.....if I could afford that I could afford a window-washer. I'd settle for someone to come mop my kitchen floor. ;D

Lona said...

Oh why not take one of each?LOL!

Carly said...

Ooooh that last one is so pretty! You're making me want a green house now.

It's a good idea in these mountains. My grandpa had a small one that he would use to get a head start on baby veggies. Couldn't even walk into it though, it was like a green house pantry.

You know, since I'm going to learn welding and to blacksmith I might actually be able to build something like that last one if I could pay for materials. Though it would probably be a lot smaller and not quite so ornate.

Marguerite said...

I'd take even the smallest greenhouse but all my checks are a bit bouncy right now so even the small one is out of bounds. That last conservatory is amazing, can you even imagine? I would live in it year round.

caite said...

oh, I think you should hold out for that last one!

Tufa Girl said...

Bouncy type check made me giggle. Don;t we wish those would work?

Tufa Girl said...

Bouncy type check made me giggle. Don;t we wish those would work?

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

My husband got ma a greenhouse last year and I didn't think I would like it. I was right I love it. It extended my growing season by two months this fall and I can't wati to see how soon I can start this spring.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Sign me up for that last one, too! *swoon* :-D (And happy new year!)

ProfessorRoush said...

I'm going to "borrow" your resolution. Didn't make any of my own, but I'd take any of the above pictured!

Melanie said...

I have a greenhouse but it's only good in the summer Having one I could use all year round would be Fabulous. I'm planning my seed order and remembered you sent me some tomato seeds . I haven't got them yet tho.

Yael said...

Kate,

I have greenhouse dreams with a postage stamp yard. But I can still dream...Beautiful greenhouses though.

Happy New Year!

Yael

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Michelle Marie said...

Hey!!
I just stumbled onto your blog and its great. I just recently moved to Park City, up from Salt Lake and Im already getting the itch to do some gardening.

Unfortunately a hoop house is out for the neighborhood we live in, (strict building rule) but I am thinking of lots and lots of indoor herbs as well as pots outside when the weather turns.

So if you ever need some extra hands with this dream garden/greenhouse just let me know! Im going to subscribe to this page as your info is great!

Michelle

Michelle Marie said...

Hey there!

I just stumbled onto your blog and its great! I recently moved to Park City and its great to see that others are making gardening work up here.

Unfortunately I live in a housing development that wont allow a hoop house but I have high hopes for lots and lots of potted herbs and such. I would really love to get involved with a co-op garden up here like they have down in Salt Lake.

Thanks for sharing your tricks and tips and I will be sure to check back often!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Michelle!
Apologies for the late response. I've been out of town. WELCOME to Park City! Once the weather warms up, let's chat. I grow quite a few veggies in containers on my deck. I'd be happy to send you a list of goodies for a mtn gardens. :))