It is Saturday, November 8 and measurable snow is forecast for Monday and Tuesday. The bluegills have slowed down in their eating because of the cooler water temps, but the tomatoes and cucumbers keep growing.
Two weeks ago, I topped the plants and removed most of the leaves to allow the fruit to ripen. The water temp today is 48 degrees and the plants will not give up. There are new shoots and blossoms and it is a shame to have to end this.
We removed the fish, picked all the edibles, cleaned and drained the tanks and I will vacuum the floor tomorrow and place the tarp over the top before the snow.
This was a busy first year. Along with the tank set and first season of edibles, the green house is now electrically wired independently.
Today we talked about how we can make the green house warmer for this time next year to prolong the season further.
We have the next couple months to plan for next season. I just wish that we could come up with a feasible plan to have a continuous set up and not have to take down each year, but the reality is that it may be better this way. It gives us a break and we are able to start fresh and clean each year. It also gives us a chance to change things up and try new things.
We will continue with the goldfish indoors through the winter months. We are experimenting with different lighting and lettuce seeds.