How to Grow Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Lettuce, Spinach, Tomatoes, Basil and More

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Lucy and I have been working out in the garden this morning and we snapped a few pictures to show you how the vegetables are coming along in the greenhouse.

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The plants are growing like crazy! I need more hours in the day to get all these seedlings planted.

growing food in gutters

Check out the gutters. Pretty cool huh?

We have spinach in the top gutter followed by Swiss chard, mesclun lettuce and romaine lettuce on the bottom. Click here to see what the gutters looked liked 1 month ago. What a difference a few weeks make!

romaine lettuce

I think I’ll harvest some of that romaine lettuce tonight for a mini salad.

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Swiss chard!

strawberries in gutters

The strawberries we planted in gutters are looking great too.

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Now, if we could just speed up time 3 weeks I could set my latest batch of tomatoes into the raised garden beds.

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So many plants, so little time.

~Mavis

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Spinach, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Strawberries and Tomatoes

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I snapped a few pictures of the greenhouse over the weekend and thought I would share.

daffodil flowers

The tulips and daffodils are still looking good. I’m been trying to decided what I’ll plant once the flowers die back. Ideally I’d like to have something tall in the flower pots. Something that will last all summer long.

What do you think would work well?

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Check out the gutters. Don’t they look cool with all those veggies growing in them?

spinach seedlings

Spinach seedlings.

swiss chard seedlings

Swiss chard {I’ll have to start thinning these soon}.

lettuce seedlings

Mesclun salad greens. They should be ready to harvest in about a month or so.

romaine lettuce

The heads of romaine lettuce are doing AWESOME. I was going to transplant these outside, but they are doing so well in the gutters I think I’ll leave them in there until it’s time to harvest.

grow strawberries in gutters

The strawberry crowns I transplanted into gutters are thriving as well. If you’ve never tried growing strawberries in gutters before it’s a piece of cake. Just remember to make sure they have plenty of room to spread out and you’ll be fine. If I remember correctly I planted the strawberries about a foot apart.

strawberry blossom

First strawberry blossom of the season.

Chinese cabbage seedlings

Even though the Chinese and purple cabbage is thriving in the greenhouse, I think I’ll plant the starts in the main garden this weekend. I need the room. My goal over the next week or two is to re-pot all the tomato plants we have growing inside under grow lights and move them out to the greenhouse.

Typically I plant tomato plants outside in the main garden around Mid-May. They need a week or two to harden off and placing them in the greenhouse for a few weeks should help with that.

How about YOU? When do you plant your tomatoes? Do you grow them for seed or are you happier buying tomato starts instead?

~Mavis

 

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Spinach, Lettuce, Basil and More

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I thought I would give you a peek and show you what’s growing in the greenhouse right now. Typically I crack the doors open a bit in the late morning to get a little air flow going. In the summer months I pop the vents and leave those open 24/7 but it’s still a bit too chilly for that right now.

daffodils and gnomes

I think this may be the last week for daffodils and grape hyacinth flowers in front of the greenhouse. I do believe I planted some tulips in those planters so they should be popping up soon.

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Growing vegetables in gutters is awesome. We have spinach on the top followed by Swiss chard, lettuce and romaine lettuce in the bottom gutter.

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The first set of true leaves on the spinach are starting to form.

grow garden in gutters lettuce

The lettuce is bite size. Note to self: keep Lucy out of the greenhouse or she will have enough for a small buffet.

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The make folding tables are filled with seedlings. I still have not gotten around to transplanting the basil or zinnias, hopefully I can get my act together soon. I think it still might be too cold to set out the geraniums, so I’ll I think I’ll wait another week on those. Everything seems to be thriving.

cabbage seedlings

Round 3 of cabbage.
slugs eating cabbage

The slugs are back in town. I spotted this little guy munching on a cabbage leaf this morning and promptly tossed him in my salt bucket. Now I have to go on a slug hunt and see if I can find anymore in the greenhouse. How do they get in there anyway?

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For the most part, I think everything is coming along pretty nicely for this time of year. I do think I will invest in a greenhouse fan this year, so if you have any ideas on what brand or type I should buy please let me know in the comments below.

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to warmer weather.

Stay Green,

Mavis

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Early April Pictures

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The greenhouse is starting to fill up. The HH moved an additional table out to the greenhouse over the weekend and I’ve slowly been bringing out flats of plants I started under grow lights  and hardening them off before it’s time to plant them in the ground.

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The tulips and chives are coming up nicely alongside the greenhouse.
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In about another month or so this baby will be packed!

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Spinach was planted in the top gutter followed by mesclun lettuce, Swiss chard and romaine lettuce in the bottom set of gutters.
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Spinach seedlings.

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I know it’s hard to see but the strawberries I started in gutters are beginning to fill out nicely.

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Pretty soon flowers will be forming.

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Our only 2 folding tables are filled with seedlings. I need to find another table!
greenhouse basil flats

BASIL! Wahoooo!  I’ll be thinning it and re-potting it soon.

tomato plants

The first round of tomato plants are in the greenhouse. These are my guinea pigs. If they don’t die I’ll set out the rest of them in the greenhouse house until it’s time to plant the tomatoes outside, around Mother’s Day here in the Northwest.
onion seedlings

Onions or leeks, I can’t remember at this point. Those need to get planted in the ground as well.

zinnia seedlings greenhouse

And last but not least, Zinnias. I’m excited about growing these this year.

Do YOU have a greenhouse?

Where are you starting your seeds this year? Inside, outside?

Mavis wants to know.

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – End of March

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Lucy the puggle dog and I thought we’d give you a little tour around the greenhouse today and show you what’s growing.

potted daffodils

Creepy Gnome Guy’s job this year is to protect the greenhouse. Last year he was stationed in the broccoli patch and the year before he protected the peas from the squirrels.

chives tulips

The chive border is coming in nicely and the tulips are about a week away from blooming.

how to grow food in gutters

So far we have spinach in the top gutter and romaine lettuce in the lower gutter. I think I’ll plant some toy choy in the two middle gutters later this week.

romaine lettuce seedlings

What do you think? Maybe a month to go before we are serving Cesar salads?

strawberries in gutters

Lemon the lemon tree is hanging in there and we are starting to harden off a bunch of vegetable and flower flats. I think in another few weeks I’ll try and move all the heirloom tomato plants out to the greenhouse. We’ll see.

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Strawberries in gutters.

cabbage sprouts

And last but not least, round 2 of the cabbage starts.

brown puggle puppy dog

Yep, I’d say things are looking pretty good for this time of year.  Warming temps, no snow or other wacky weather to speak of and plenty of sticks to chew on. What more could a girl and her dog ask for?

Life is good.

~Mavis

If you are thinking about growing food in a greenhouse but don’t know how to get started,  you should check out Elliot Coleman’s book Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long. I think it’s pretty awesome.

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse

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What the heck happened to the rain yesterday? It was a beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest. Lucy the puggle dog and I were able to get a boatload of things done and were able to stay nice and dry too.

I love spring days like that.
daffodils in a container

Now that the weather is starting to warm up a bit, I’ve been slowly moving vegetable starts out to the greenhouse. So far I only have out there, because my second table is still in the house with grow lights sitting on top of it. I hesitate to running a cord from the house out to the greenhouse to hook everything up because it’s still a wee bit cold for a lot of the seeds I am trying to germinate.

Well, that and the whole part about how the HH would totally flip out if he saw a giant bright orange extension cord across the backyard. What would the neighbors think {blah, blah, blah}. I’ve tried to point out the the neighbors don’t even come out of their house, so how the heck would they even see the cord… but then he just mutters something about how they have windows.

I can’t win.

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Yesterday we installed gutters in the left side of the greenhouse. So far all I have planted is a length of spinach in the top gutter. I’m hoping to get the other 3 galvanized gutters planted today.

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The strawberries I planted in the gutters last week are doing great.

strawberries planted in gutters

Last year I made the mistake of planting the strawberry crowns to close together. This year I planted the crowns about 12 inches apart to allow plenty of room for their roots to grow. In the fall, after the plants have fruited, I’ll remove the strawberries from the gutters and overwinter them in the garden.

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Seedlings, transplants, Lemon the lemon tree and onion and leeks.

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It’s looking pretty bare right now, but we all have to start somewhere. Right?

Do YOU have a greenhouse? Where are you starting your seeds this year? Inside, outside, at your MIL’s?

Mavis wants to know.

Thinking about growing food in a greenhouse but don’t know how to get started? Check out Elliot Coleman’s book Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long. I think it’s pretty awesome.

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Kew Royal Botanical Gardens – Inside the Palm House {Greenhouse}

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I thought I would share a few more pictures from our visit to Kew Gardens today. These pictures were taken inside the Palm House, which is basically the largest glass greenhouse I have ever laid eyes on. I cannot even imagine how many people it would take to keep this greenhouse up and running.

tropical forest canopy

This is a picture of just one of the many walkways. It totally felt like we were walking in a jungle. There were banana trees, but no monkeys.

giant palm leaf

Every type of palm tree imaginable was there.
tropical plants

Although there were about 10 million shades of green, only a few flowers were in bloom. But the textures, holy cow these plants had some amazing textures.

kew gardens oldest pot plant

Ever wonder where the oldest pot plant in the world is being held?

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Apparently at the Kew. I think the meant potted plant. Don’t you?

macadamia nut cluster pod

I almost fell over when I saw this.

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Can you believe it is a macadamia nut cluster? Eeeeeeek!

tropical tree with stick legs

Walking trees?

palm tree trunk

I bet Tommy Bahama totally got his ideas here.

tropical plants in terra cotta pots

Potted plants galore.

old iron  Spiral Staircase

Check out this antique spiral staircase. It’s the only way to the top. You would never be able to use a staircase like this one here in the US. Why? Because it’s too steep and a small child could fall through the cracks. They would have to hire 10 people just to allow one person to go up the staircase at a time. Which  is one thing I absolutely LOVE about traveling in Europe. They seriously expect you to use your common sense.

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Here is a small view from above.

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Greenhouse misters in action.greenhouse patina

Isn’t it amazing? I wonder if he HH would let me install one in the backyard?

A Girl can dream, right?

~Mavis

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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.

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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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