It’s Time to Plant Lettuce in the Greenhouse!

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It was a big chore, but I harvested the rest of our tomatoes and cucumbers from the greenhouse yesterday, and by the end of the afternoon, I was pretty exhausted from hauling pots. Now all that’s left to do in the greenhouse is sweep the floor and scrub the glass window-pains and the greenhouse will be ready for fall.
planting lettuce seeds

I also started 2 gutters with lettuce seeds. This fall I’m growing rocket lettuce {have you tried it? It’s super spicy} and a blend of mixed salad greens. With a little luck the lettuce should be ready to harvest around the early part of November.
planting lettuce seeds in a greenhouse

Growing lettuce in gutters is s piece of cake! Installing greenhouse gutters is super easy too. I typically start my strawberries, chard, lettuce and other greens in them in the spring and then fill them with more lettuce seeds in the fall. So far I’ve had great success with the planting method.
growing lettuce in greenhouse gutters

I use a traditional mix of potting soil so the gutters don’t get heavy, but I’m sure anyone with a green thumb can tell you gardening can be the best workout on the planet {both mentally and physically}. :)
growing seeds in gutters

And now the hard part begins.

Ahh summer! I’m sad to see you go.

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – It’s Time to Clean Out the Greenhouse

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greenhouse tomatoes

I was out in the greenhouse picking tomatoes for some homemade sauce last night when I noticed a few of my tomato plants are on their way out.  :( The leaves are starting to curl and turn brown as if to say “I’m done, please let me die.” growing tomatoes in a greenhouse

The tomato plants in the stock tanks are still hanging in there, but the tomatoes I had growing in pots, well those needed to go.
greenhouse gutters

So I guess you know what that means… It’s time to get the cool weather crops planted! Which is pretty stinkin’ awesome if you ask me because I’ve been missing my dinner salads. My goal is to get my greenhouse gutters planted with some leafy greens, maybe some baby bok choy too.

dragging pot out of a greenhouse

Ahh, to everything there is a season. Right?

How’s it going at your place? Are your tomato plants still hanging in there, or are they done for the season?

~Mavis

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Tomatoes and Cucumbers

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growing lettuce in gutters greenhouse

Do not attempt to grow lettuce in a greenhouse when the temperature outside is in the mid 80′s. It won’t work out too well. Not that I would know anything about that. ;)

seattle greenhouse garden

Yesterday was greenhouse clean up day. It’s been awhile since I did anything out there but water or harvest vegetables, so I thought I better hop to it and get something constructive done while the weather was nice. Oh, and no, you do not need to adjust the color on your computer monitor. I am really that pale. But, if you look closely at the next photo, you notice my forearms are much darker. So there is hope for my farmers tan. I think.

mavis garden blog greenhouse tomatoes

Snacking on cherry tomatoes, is one of my favorite pastimes. growing sungold tomatoes

A rainbow of happiness. Anyone else growing Sungolds this year?green heirloom tomatoes in a greenhouse

I have no idea what these ones are but I can tell you one thing, as soon as they ripen, I’m going to eat them! And I won’t even feel bad if I don’t share. growing cucumbers in a greenhosue

Gardening, it’s pretty rad.

Wouldn’t you say?

~Mavis

You can see more greenhouse photos from this year in my Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse Series.

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Greenhouse Gardening in the Pacific Northwest – Tomatoes, Herbs and Lettuce

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magnum glass greenhouse

Even though it was super warm out yesterday {80′s!} I still managed to get outside and garden for a few hours without keeling over. The HH LOVES the heat but my favorite temperature for working outside is somewhere around 65 degrees with a slight chill in the air {which just happens to be the perfect weather for jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt I might add}. ;)

purple sage and thymeAnywho, while I was out there I snapped a few photos of our greenhouse garden.

Take a look at that sage!!!! It’s it gorgeous? I’m going to go pick a bunch of it today and toss it in the food dehydrator for a nice ole’ turkey rub.
chive seed heads drying

Have you checked you chive plants lately? Most of mine have all flowered and are starting to dry up. Yay! This means I’ll be collecting and saving chive seeds for next years garden pretty soon.
organic oregano growing along side a greenhouse

And the oregano and rosemary plants are doing pretty well too. I should get out there and harvest a bunch before it goes to seed because I’m going to need it for my heirloom tomato sauce this summer once the tomatoes start rolling in.

inside glass greenhouse

And speaking of tomatoes… the tomato plants we planted in the stock tanks this spring are almost to the ceiling!! How crazy is that? tiny heirloom tomatoes

I know I planted Green Zebra and Sun Gold tomato starts in the greenhouse but I’m not sure what variety this one is. I can tell it’s going to be a big one though because of how large the flower heads are. Oh well, I guess we’ll find out soon enough. tiny grape tomatoes growing in a greenhouse

Grape tomatoes. My favorite.

growing lettuce in a greenhouse

And last but not least, a giant pot full of gourmet lettuce greens. Once this is harvested I probably won’t plant anymore lettuce in the greenhouse until September because the inside of the greenhouse will just be to hot to grow greens.

Ahh summer. I love you.

~Mavis

 

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Growing Tomatoes and Lettuce in Our Greenhouse Garden

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Today it’s suppose to reach 80 degrees. Holy cannoli’s people, do you know what a big deal that is up here in Washington state? It’s huge! So this morning I went outside and watered all the plants in the greenhouse really good, and while I was out there I snapped a few pictures to share as well.

lettuce in greenhouse gutters

If the weather stays in the 80′s, I’m going to have to either harvest all the lettuce we have growing in gutters or transplant it to some containers and stick it under our covered porch where it stays a good 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer. We’ll see. Maybe we’ll have a scorching hot summer this year and we’ll just be out of luck when it comes to fresh salad greens until fall. :(

growing lettuce in gutters

The lettuce I started in a galvanized gutter a few weeks ago is looking pretty good if you ask me.salad garden

And so are the tomatoes and cucumbers we’ve got planted in the stock tank.

pizza garden

The pizza garden. Tomatoes, peppers, onions and basil. Yumm-o!bugs eating my pepper plants

Somethings been munching on my pepper leaves though. Any ideas of what it could be?growing lettuce and tomatoes together in the same pot

Right now I think we have about 7 tomato plants growing in containers and in each one of them I have something different planted at the base of the tomato plant. I mean why waste good unused soil, right? I typically plant lettuce and basil beneath the tomato plants but this year I’d like to try something new. What do you grow alongside your tomato plants? Do you have any suggestions for me?

herb garden

The herb garden alongside the greenhouse are doing really well right now and it won’t be to long before I’m dehydrating herbs and storing them for winter use.growing herbs in raised beds

Garlic chives, yum. Have you tried them? I think I might like them better than regular chives. :)

It’s amazing how quickly the garden starts to come alive with just a few days of warm weather. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the warm summer weather.

Bring it on!

~Mavis

You can see more pictures of our greenhouse and the progress we are making, in my Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse Series.

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Greenhouse Gardening – Planting Heirloom Tomatoes

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magnum glass greenhouse garden

Over the weekend The Girl and I planted a few more tomato plants in the greenhouse. We’ve still got another week or two before setting them outside in the garden beds {we’ve had lot’s of rain lately and it’s just not warm enough outside yet}. Our greenhouse tomato plant count is now up to 7!heirloom tomato plants in the greenhouse

I absolutely LOVE growing tomatoes in the greenhouse and I think later on this week I’ll go around and plant basil seeds around the bases of all the tomato plants. I don’t know about you, but basil and tomatoes are one of my favorite things to harvest each summer.
lucy the puggle dog

Inspector Lucy.

growing lettuce in containers

The lettuce we grew in the giant stock tanks has all been harvested. Now all that’s left is one giant pot of mesclun lettuce and 2 pots of romaine.
growing lettuce in gutters

We’ve also got another batch of lettuce growing in a galvanized gutter as well.slugs

Slugs! Grrr… have they found their way into your garden as well? tomato flowers

Our first tomato flowers.

growing vegetables in a greenhouse

I can’t think of a better hobby than gardening. With the exception of pulling weeds, gardening has got to be my hands down favorite thing on earth to do. Well, I take that back. Eating fresh baked pies and travelling are pretty high up there on the hobby list too. ;)

Gardening is RAD, no matter how you do it.

How is YOUR garden doing these days? Have you planted any tomatoes yet? If so, what kind are you growing this year?

~Mavis

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Foraging for Dinner in the Lettuce Jungle

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growing lettuce in a greenhouse garden

Last night during a ridiculously epic rain storm, I went foraging in the lettuce jungle for some salad fixin’s. Not having to go to the store is pretty high on my list pretty much everyday of the week. The crowds, the noises, the dirty shopping carts and baskets that never get washed {unless rain counts} are a big deterrent for me.

cutting lettuce leaves

But walking to the backyard in the rain to find something for dinner? No problem, they’ve got these things called umbrellas and let me tell you Bob, they are one of the coolest inventions ever.

giant bowl of homegrown lettuce

BYOS. Bring your own scissors and go home with a giant bowl of gourmet greens. :) planting tomatoes in a greenhouse

Ahh but what’s a trip to the garden if you can’t get a little sidetracked… right?planting tomatoes in a ginat tub

Last night before dinner I clean up the lettuce bed and transplanted my first 2 tomato plants {Sun Gold} to our greenhouse garden. It’s still a little too chilly to transplant the tomatoes directly into the garden beds, but they should be find in the greenhouse.

using tomato cages

Hot diggety dog, can you believe it? Tomato season is right around the corner.

Let’s get this party started!

~ Mavis

 

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Is it Just Me, or is the Pollen Everywhere?

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pollen on greenhouse

Holy cannoli’s people.  The pollen is EVERYWHERE.

pollen

The greenhouse, on top of the cars, the front porch, I can’t even spend 10 minutes outside without getting it all over my black shirt. Sheesh. It’s a good thing I’m not allergic to the stuff or else I’d have to lock myself in the house for the rest of the summer. lettuce growing in gutters

Luckily the pollen has not found it’s way into our greenhouse. Taking the time to have to rinse the sticky yellow stuff off our lettuce leaves does not appeal to me one bit.

growing lettuce in containers

And let’s talk about that lettuce shall we? lettuce in containers

To put it simply, I can’t keep up. The Butterfield lettuce factory is at full capacity and if I try and feed my husband another giant salad for dinner I think he’ll lose it completely. lettuce seed head

The rocket lettuce especially. Wowza! Have you ever tried rocket lettuce before? It’s crazy spicy. So spicy in fact that I’m letting the rest of it go to seed. oregano

Outside of the greenhouse the herbs are really beginning to take off. Check out my oregano plant, ain’t she pretty? I don’t know about you, but I love low maintenance herb plants. chives

And the chives, just look at them. I started these chives from seed 2 years ago and now the whole bed is full of the perennial herbs. I love it!chive seed head

Dear Spring, I love you and all the flowers and herbs you bring. But not the pollen. :(

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Growing Lettuce in Gutters

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This past week I planted another row of lettuce in our greenhouse gutters, and let me tell you Bob, things are sure filling up in there.

growing lettuce in gutters

This time I transplanted out a nice red leaf variety. I figured it will compliment the Romaine lettuce I transplanted a few weeks ago in some of our dinner salads and on some gourmet burgers.

lettuce in gutters

I wonder if non gardeners have ever tried REAL, fresh picked lettuce before. Do you think they would even be able to taste the difference between the homegrown stuff and the lettuce that’s stuffed into plastic containers and sold at the grocer for cheap, cheap, cheap? growing lettuce in containers

Growing lettuce in containers {and gutters} has got to be the easiest thing to grow on the planet. Well, besides weeds. ;)  lettuce

The Farmer’s Market Blend from Botanical Interests is my favorite. lettuce seedlings

Start to finish, {in the spring} most lettuce varieties only take about 45 – 60 days to reach maturity. Talk about instant gratification. And the best part about growing lettuce? Pretty much all you need to get a good harvest is plant your seeds in a good soil mix and keep them watered. That’s it!

So if you have a friend who wants to try gardening, but doesn’t know where to start, give them a packet of lettuce seeds because they are pretty much a no fail vegetable.

lucy the puggle dog

In fact I bet a puggle could even grow lettuce. If I could get her to stop digging for treasures of course. ;)

Life is good.

~Mavis

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Growing Lettuce in Gutters

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growing lettuce in a greenhouse

Yesterday I spent the afternoon transplanting lettuce starts in the greenhouse. For the past two springs I have grown lettuce in my greenhouse gutters with great success, so I figured hey, why not do it again. Why mess with a good thing, right? ;)

growing lettuce in gutters

You don’t have to have a greenhouse to try this. Nope, if you have a fence or some type of wall you can attach a gutter to, you can grow lettuce in gutters. It’s super easy, I promise. Simply line your gutters with a wee bit of pea gravel, add potting soil, then add your seeds {or lettuce starts} and water as you normally would. {See how I installed gutters in my greenhouse.}

winter lettuce container

Check out this stock tank filled with lettuce. Holy cow man, it’s really taken off this past week. My guess is the conditions for lettuce are pretty ideal right now. Rain one day {making the greenhouse nice and humid} and sunny the next.
organically grown lettuce containers

We are harvesting fresh lettuce about every other day right now.

lettuce seedlings

And the lettuce seeds I planted about 10 days ago and starting to pop though the soil. Yee-Haw! Looks like we will be enjoying lettuce until it warms up around here. {Ahem, that means July}. ;)

magnum glass greenhouse

Gardening is cool, no matter how you do it. Wouldn’t you agree?

Are YOU growing lettuce this year? Got a favorite variety?

Mavis wants to know.

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