About six weeks ago I cleared some space, tilled a bit of soil and dropped some spinach seeds into the ground. Overnight, it seemed, I had beautiful baby spinach leaves ready to eat.
Ready for a deer to eat.
So I tried growing in buckets, but the spinach didn't want to take. Two batches barely sprouted and died. Too crowded? Too little water? Temperatures seemed about the same.
So now I'm trying this: A small greenhouse I built in the most basic way I knew how: Dropped four posts into an 8x8 square and nailed on some framing, then attached 6 mm sheeting. A door folds up for temp and humidity control, and I may add a matching door to the rear as well.
It needs some ribbing to support the plastic, and long-term I plan to recycle plastic bottles into tiles. But for now, doesn't look too shabby.