Mavis Garden Blog – Setting Up The Greenhouse

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Lemon lost a few leaves this past week so I had Monkey Boy move her to the greenhouse yesterday. I know losing a few leaves is totally normal when you transplant a tree, but after Erin showed me a picture of the lemon tree growing in her greenhouse, I decided to go ahead and move mine out to the greenhouse as well.

I don’t think Lemon was getting enough sun exposure inside. Hopefully the move will perk her up.

tulip bulbs

We also moved all the tulip and daffodil bulbs we planted in containers last fall to the greenhouse. Earlier in the day I had Monkey Boy haul the giant Costco table out and set it up so I can have everything I need when I start to pot a few spring planters later this week.

onion and leek transplants

The onion and leek seedlings we set out a few days ago are thriving, and maybe in another 6 weeks or so I’ll start setting them out in the garden boxes.

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On the agenda for today, start hardening off the artichoke plants I transplanted last week by setting them in the greenhouse for about an hour today, and then slowly increase their time spent outdoors over the next 10 days. We’ve spotted artichoke plants at 2 local stores recently so it must be time to move them outdoors.

How about YOU? Any garden plans for today?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Getting the Greenhouse Ready for Spring

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When we had the greenhouse installed last spring, I originally thought I would be growing food year round in it.

glass greenhouse

But growing 2,000 pounds of vegetables can be exhausting, and by the end of the season I found myself needing a break. So I threw in the towel, cleared almost everything out of the greenhouse, closed the doors, and didn’t look back.

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Until yesterday. I had gone outside to feed the chickens, and before I knew it, I found myself scrubbing the glass walls, removing pine needles from the tiny gutters, and emptying the giant feed tank I used to grow my green zebra tomatoes in. Today I plan on scrubbing down the breathable fabric flooring.

galvanized tub

Some how, some way, I’ve got to figure out how I’m going to grow 2 tons of food this year. I want to be able to maximize my 10′ x 14′ glass greenhouse it it’s maximum potential, but I’m not too sure where to start.

Right now I’m thinking about growing tomatoes and peppers in there during the summer and early fall months, and lettuces in the spring. But beyond that, I don’t have a clue.

Have YOU ever grown anything in a greenhouse before? Do you have any suggestions?

~Mavis

 

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Mavis Garden Blog – Cleaning Out The Greenhouse

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Originally I had planed on growing food in the greenhouse all winter, but once the main crops had been harvested outside, and the rain started in about a month ago, I kept on forgetting to water the plants inside the glass house. Shame on me.

So today I cleaned out the greenhouse. I emptied the dried out, soil filled gutters onto the compost heap, and then lined them up along side the greenhouse.

I’ll scrub the gutters down in a few weeks once I figure out what I’ll be growing in the greenhouse next.

Some of the food in the greenhouse was still edible, so we let the chickens free range for a few hours while we removed the pots, pallets, gutters and excess dirt.

Does anyone know if chickens can smell?  Because as soon as I started pulling Swiss chard and spinach from the greenhouse, Black Fatty and her crew came running.

Life is good!

 

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Overwintering Herbs in an Unheated Greenhouse

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I took your advise, and decided not to take any chances with my rosemary bush this winter.

This morning I dug her up, and moved Miss Rosemary to the greenhouse. I’m hoping as long as I can remember to water her, she will survive the winter, thus saving me a few bucks when it comes time to plant next years garden.  We’ll see.

I’ve also decided on my weekend garden project; moving my entire herb garden.

I’ve come to the conclusion that although I like growing herbs, so much of the plants go to waste every year because I simply don’t harvest them all.  Not even half.  Which normally wouldn’t be a problem, but the 8′ x 4′ raised bed of herbs is sitting on some prime real estate in my garden, and next year I’ll really need to maximize every inch of my garden space if I’m going t0 reach my 2013 garden goal.

So where am I going to move the herb garden to?

The sides {and back} of the greenhouse.  Which of course means I’ll have to move the strawberries I planted alongside the greenhouse this year. But that’s okay, I’m sure I’m not the first person on earth to plant something and then change their mind on where they want it planted.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Off to the garden I go!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I hope you have a lovely weekend, no matter what your plans are.

Mavis

Have you ever tried Herb Scissors before?  They’re pretty awesome.  I own a pair and use them all the time.  Amazon has these herb scissors currently in stock if you want to take a peek.

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Growing Food in a Greenhouse

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I headed out to the greenhouse this morning to give the plants a drink and look at what I found.  Roma, Stupice and Green Zebra tomatoes plus a few leaves of Romain lettuce.  Yeah baby yeah! I’m thinking BLT’s might be on the dinner menu tonight.

Rainbow Swiss Chard.

Spinach.  Wahooo! It’s been a while since we’ve had fresh spinach around here and I love spinach salads, so I was especially pumped to see this.  We will definitely be having a salad this weekend, that’s for sure.

And lookey here.  The Sugar Snap Peas I planted back in late August are finally starting to flower.  I was beginning to think the peas were not going to make it.

For the most part, I’m pretty happy with how the greenhouse is working out for us.  The only drawback I’m seeing up here in Washington state is, the rain. Just because it’s raining outside and the rest of the garden is getting watered, doesn’t mean the plants in the greenhouse are.

I keep having to remind myself to get out there and water.

Maybe I should ask Santa for some automatic sprinkler hoses this year.  HA!

~Mavis

 

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Mavis Garden Blog – Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse

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This morning I hauled one of my giant pots from the upper patio all the way around back to the greenhouse.  I like doing stuff like this when the Handsome Husband is at work so I don’t have to go through his whole “I want to live in a condo” routine.

The HH tends to freak out when I haul {or have him haul} heavy pots full of dirt through the house. Does your husband do this {freak out}?

Anywho, it’s a good thing he wasn’t around when I did this because getting this puppy out both doors, down the porch steps, and out to the greenhouse was quite the ordeal I tell you.  I lost a {little} dirt in to process and 2 tomatoes.  LOL.

But the good news is, I did get my Roma tomato plant out to the greenhouse safe and sound.  I wish I knew how long the tomato plant is going to last out there… But I suppose only time will tell.

Here are a few other fruits and vegetables that are currently growing in our greenhouse.

Fore more greenhouse updates, head on over HERE.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to cause some more trouble.

~Mavis

If you are thinking about growing vegetables this winter, Amazon currently has Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long By Eliot Coleman in stock, and ready to ship. I own a copy and it has a bunch of useful information in it.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse

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Baby it’s cold outside!

As I left this morning to do my grocery shopping, I noticed the temperature outdoors was 44 degrees. Wow!  I guess I better set aside some time to harvest vegetables today.

For those of you who are following my efforts to grow food in our greenhouse this year, I snapped a few pictures for you.

The stupice tomatoes are doing really well.  I trimmed the plant back quite a bit so it’s looking a bit naked these days without all its flowers. But other than that, I think we are still going to see quite a few tomatoes from this plant in the weeks to come.

Out of all the tomatoes I have grown this year, {both inside and out} the green zebras have preformed the best.  Not only do they taste great, but they are really fun to grow.  When I planted these green zebra tomatoes, I had no idea the plant would grow to over 12 feet tall.

You know how you see hothouse cucumbers in the stores year round?  I wonder how long these ones will continue to grow.  The cucumber leaves are beginning to get white spots all over them so I think I’ll probably pull them soon.  But luckily I started a few cucumber plants about a month ago, so I think once I pull these up, I add some fresh soil and start again.  I’m not sure if I’ll get any more cucumbers this fall, but it’s worth a try.

The romaine lettuce is growing really well and should be ready to harvest in a couple more weeks. I’ve already decided we’ll use it for Cesar salads.

And lastly the peas…

The sugar snap peas are finally starting to climb {although slowly} up the poles, and I bet in a few more weeks we’ll start to see some flowers appear.

But the peas can wait.  With the cold weather around the corner I think I’ll try and get as many vegetables picked this afternoon as I can.

What are YOUR plans for the day?  Are there any garden chores on your list?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Getting the Greenhouse Ready for Fall

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Yesterday I played hooky from the blog and worked all day in the backyard.  I have a ton of backyard projects I want to tackle this fall, and since yesterday was the first day of fall, I decided it was the perfect time to get a move on.

The first project I tackled was cleaning out the greenhouse.  I pulled all the pepper plants, picked all the remaining green tomatoes from the tomato plants I had in pots, and heaved everything on to the compost pile {not the green tomatoes of course}.

The green zebra and stupice tomatoes were still thriving, so I trimmed those back as best I could and pick all the ripe fruit.

The burpless cucumbers were still alive and kicking as well, so I simply trimmed any ugly leaves from their vines and picked a few for an afternoon salad.

This is a picture of my Rainbow Swiss Chard in waiting.  As soon as the tomatoes in the garden boxes outside die, this Swiss chard will take their spot in the garden.

I also removed the strawberry plants from 3 of the 4 gutters we planted back in early Spring, and replanted them with spinach and more Swiss chard.  Right now all the strawberry plants are sitting in a wheelbarrow out back. So today, I’ll have to figure where the heck I’m going to put them.

The sugar snap peas that were planted in a pallet a few weeks ago, are not behaving at all.  For some reason they are not yet climbing up the poles.  Hopefully they will soon, If they don’t do it on their own, I’ll just hang some string from the greenhouse ceiling and tie it around the plants to get them going.

And last but not least, I filled 2 pots with 1 tomato plant and 4 Swiss chard starts each.  I’m pretty confident the tomato plants will die, but I still want to give it a try.  Who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky and we will have a warm winter with lot’s of sunlight.

So how did you spend YOUR first day of fall? Did you do anything exciting?  Sleep in?  Get up at the crack of dawn to shuttle your kids to an early morning soccer game?

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m headed back outside.  Have a great day!

 Mavis

Thinking about building your own greenhouse?  Check out The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Greenhouse By Craig Baird.  Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse

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Today I’ll be working in the greenhouse to try to tidy things up a bit. Although the plants are growing strong, some of the leaves are beginning to die back and need to be trimmed.  The tomato plants I have growing outside of the greenhouse are hanging in there, but I think I’m ready to toss the one on the right.  I’ve only harvested 1 tomato from it and I only see one more {potential} tomato.  So I think today is the day to heave it on to the compost pile.

When I went out this morning to snap a few pictures, I noticed Mr. Slug and a buddy were munching on my small kale plants I started from seed.  I had no idea slugs like kale so much.  Hmmm. Interesting.

Well, their feast didn’t last very long, because I picked them up and tossed them into the beer pool.  As an act of kindness though I did give them a spinach leaf for their last meal {okay, not really the spinach leaf was stuck to them and I wasn’t going to remove it}.

If you look really close, you will notice a bunch or yellow/brown slime on the top right corner of the salsa container.  Wahooo!  It really does work.  Slugs do like beer.

As far as what’s growing in the greenhouse these days?  Well, we have cucumbers dangling from the ceiling, sugar snap peas beginning to climb up poles, tomatoes, Swiss chard, peppers, kale, spinach, lettuce and basil.

I will give you a grand tour of everything we are growing in our backyard tomorrow.  But for now, I’ve got to get out of this bathrobe and get some real clothes on so I can get some work done.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day.

 Mavis

See More Greenhouse Photos HERE

Read more about my Greenhouse Pallet Garden HERE

If you don’t have room for a large greenhouse to grow vegetables in the winter, check out the line of Flower House Pop Up Greenhouses Amazon has in stock.  Before we ever invested in a glass greenhouse, we had one of these {and still do}.  I highly recommend them.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse

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Wahooo!  The fall peas have broken through the surface and are on their way.  If all goes well we should be swimming in sugar snap peas buy Halloween.  Yee-Haw!

Do the pea plants look leggy to you?  They look a little leggy to me.

The Romaine lettuce I started in pallets a few weeks ago is doing really well too.

I thought for a while there the spinach I planted wasn’t going to pop up, but it did.  As soon as the spinach seedlings get a little bigger I think I’m going to set up another pallet garden inside the greenhouse and get it going in it’s own space.  I’m excited!  I’ve never grown spinach in the fall before.

Cucumbers dangling from the greenhouse ceiling.

Strawberries growing in gutters.

And a few more heirloom tomatoes.  All in all I think the greenhouse is looking pretty good these days.  But I can;t help but wonder how long I can keep everything growing in here.

Have YOU ever grown tomatoes or cucumbers in a greenhouse before?  Do you have any idea how long I can expect then to continue to grow?  Will they make it to Thanksgiving {I can hope right}?

~Mavis

See More Greenhouse Photos HERE

Read more about my Greenhouse Pallet Garden HERE



Are you thinking about growing vegetables this winter? Check out The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener By Niki Jabbour. 

Jabbour explains how to make every month a vegetable-gardening month. She provides in-depth instruction for all of her time-tested techniques, including selecting the best varieties for each season, mastering the art of succession planting, and maximizing the use of space throughout the year to increase production. Amazon currently has it in stock.

 

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