Greenhouse Gardening in Fall – It’s Time to Pull Up the Tomatoes

mesclun lettuce mavis butterfield

Yesterday The Girl and I went out to the greenhouse to pick some lettuce for a dinner salad and were happy to see the mesclun lettuce we had planted earlier this fall was perfect for harvesting.
lettuce blend

Look at those leaves!!

Lettuce Mesclun Farmer's Market Blend Seeds

It’s almost November and here I am harvesting gourmet lettuce leaves. Does it get any better than that?

If I had to guess, I have about a 2 weeks worth of dinner salads in the 3-tiered pot I planted. I’m hoping I’ll be able to move the lettuce starts we have growing under grow lights in the house out to the garden by this weekend. Then we’ll see if I can successfully grow lettuce in our greenhouse this winter. {I’m keeping my fingers crossed}.

spinach

I’ve also got some spinach growing in a large pot as well. I can’t remember what variety it is though. Anyone know?

meyer lemon tree

And take a look at Lemon. As of this morning we still have 7 meyer lemons growing in the greenhouse. Not as many as I had hoped for, but I’ll take ’em. I’m not sure when they are suppose to start turning yellow, but I suspect sometime in December or January.

sungold

Did I mention our tomatoes are on their way out?

Yep, these are the last of the Sun Gold tomatoes. :(

tomatoes grey mold stems

And what about the Green Zebra tomatoes you ask? Well… they’re dead.

tomatoes grey mold

Take a look at all the grey mold that has set in. Kinda creepy isn’t it?

Yep, it’s totally time to say goodbye to our heirloom tomatoes for the year and get the greenhouse prepared for winter. It’s coming, whether we want it to our not.

Do any of YOU have any tomatoes still growing? Are they on their last leg too or did you say goodbye to yours months ago?

Mavis wants to know.

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Greenhouse Gardening – Tomatoes in October? No Way!

magnum glass greenhouse

Baby it’s cold outside! My goodness. I went out to water the plants in the greenhouse this morning and it was pretty darn chilly.  I need to get a warmer bathrobe if I’m going to be out watering my plants at 10 am. 😉

perennial herbs

So far the sage, thyme and chives I transplanted alongside the greenhouse last month are hanging in there.

perennial herbs

The oregano, rosemary and garlic chives are thriving too.

sun gold tomatoes

But check this out. Sun Gold tomatoes. In October. How cool is that? These are real ones too. 😉 Not those tasteless ones you find at the grocery store that were picked last week and then ripened in the back of a truck as they were shipped across the country.

green zebra tomatoes

I’m not sure how much longer the tomatoes will last, but for now, I’m enjoying every one that I can. Even these green zebra tomatoes. Aren’t they pretty?

old barrel water spout

Oh, and thanks to the One Hundred Dollars a Month Reader who suggested I move my rain barrel into the greenhouse. You suggested I fill it up to let the afternoon sun warm up the water {thus warming up the greenhouse}. So far so good.

Okay, so maybe I don’t know if it’s actually warming up the greenhouse at this point, but you know what? I don’t have to drag the hose out there so I’m happy. 😉

growing lettuce in containers

And last but not least, take a look at the lettuce I have growing in a 3-tiered planter. How cool is that?

Looks like salad is on the menu tonight.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

I’m off to plant some seeds.

~Mavis

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Fall Clean Up

growing vegetables in a greenhouse Yesterday I spent the afternoon outside cleaning up the plants in and around the greenhouse. garden gutters I removed all the gutters I had installed in the spring and set them outside.  I plan to re-plant the strawberries elsewhere, and then add the soil from the reaming gutters that held basil, peppers and chard to the compost pile. magnum glass greenhouseThe greenhouse looks  kind of naked now. :( Luckily I still have a few pots to move in there for my winter garden. I’m not sure what I’m going to plant yet so if you have any suggestions, that would be great. I’m thinking lettuce and a couple root vegetables like carrots and beets might work well. tomato tree Our two green zebra tomato plants are now 10 feet tall and look like those giant tomato trees you see in cheesy magazine ads promising you 20 foot tall tomato plants for just $2.99 with shipping. green zebra tomatoes I wonder how long the tomato plants will keep producing? growing tomatoes in a greenhosue I think I’m going to plant some lettuce seeds at the plant base later this week. meyer lemons in greenhouse   In case you were wondering, Lemon the Meyer Lemon Tree is still hanging in there.growing peas in a greenhosue And the sugar snap peas are growing like crazy!

growing lettuce in a greenhosue

And check out the 3 -tiered stack planter. Doesn’t it look cool filled with lettuce?

It shouldn’t be too much longer before it;s ready to harvest.

Keep calm and garden on. 😉

~Mavis

gardening-books-the-winter-harvest-handbook Are you planning for a winter harvest? The Winter Harvest Handbook By Eliot Coleman is a great book!

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Lettuce, Peas, Lemons and Tomatoes

magnum glass greenhouse

Things are growing like crazy in the greenhouse, and with the weather heating up the past few days I’m having to water the fruits and vegetables twice a day now to keep them from dying.

raised bed herb garden

The herbs I moved out of containers and into the ground are doing really well despite the warm weather. I was a little worried I dug them up too early but the oregano, rosemary and chives are thriving in their new location.

unusual garden containers lettuce

Check out the 3-tired lettuce pot. Doesn’t it look cool? I think it’s only going to look better as time goes on. Harvesting lettuce this fall is going to be fun. {Or maybe I’m just a nerd}. 😉

growing peas in containers

The first round of peas we planted in the greenhouse are doing great and are just now beginning to climb up the upside down tomato cages. I’m predicting an early October sugar snap pea harvest.

green zebra tomatoes

We have green zebra tomatoes coming out of our ears!lemon tree fruit

Lemon the Meyer Lemon Tree is now down to just 7 lemons.
lemon tree shriveled up

I’m not sure what happened but one of the tiny lemons is turning yellow and has begun to shrivel up. :( Have you ever grown lemons before? Is it normal for a few to die off like this?

lemon buds

Luckily we have a few clusters of lemon flowers that are producing some new buds. I’m hopeful we’ll be able to get a few more.

I need to find some sort of organic lemon tree fertilizer to feed the tree with. Our Meyer lemon is still sitting in the same potting soil I planted it in way back in January. Any suggestions?

~Mavis

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Harvesting Tomatoes

growing vegetables in a greenhouse

Lucy the puggle dog and I were outside working in the greenhouse yesterday and thought we would snap a few pictures for you. As you can see, Lucy is full of energy. She likes running in and out of the greenhouse like a crazy pup, hoping I’ll drop a tomato or two for her to eat.

Silly dog. 😉

grow fall peas

The sugar snap peas and lettuce seeds I planted are really starting to take off. I used some empty tomato cages from the garden as make do as trellis. I think it will work out just fine once the pea tendrils take hold.

lemon tree in winter

Lemon, our Meyer Lemon tree is doing great. I counted 8 big lemons forming and lot’s more new buds forming.

meyer lemon tree bugs

Hopefully these pretty lemon flowers will turn in to fruit.

sweet cherry peppers

We also have sweet cherry peppers growing as well.  Since I planted both red and yellow pepper seeds, I’m not sure which color they will be yet. {I’m hoping for red though}.

Sweet Italian Marconi Golden Peppers

The Sweet Italian Marconi Golden Peppers are looking pretty good too.

sun gold tomatoes

But my favorite thing growing in the greenhouse this week is the Sun Gold Tomatoes. If you have never grown these, you are seriously missing out. Put them on your seed list for next year.

sungold tomatoesNom Nom Nom.

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That’s the latest from our greenhouse.

How are your tomatoes doing this year and what is your favorite variety?

Mavis wants to know. :)

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