Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Early April Pictures

magnum glass greenhouse

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.

dogs in the garden

The tulips and chives are coming up nicely alongside the greenhouse.
glass greenhouse

In about another month or so this baby will be packed!

grow food in gutters

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

Spinach seedlings.

grow strawberries in gutters

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

strawberry plants in gutters

Pretty soon flowers will be forming.

planting tables greenhouse

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.

If you are looking for a greenhouse but don’t want to spend a ton of dough on one, I highly recommend the 5 foot Pop Up Flower House.  Before we had our greenhouse installed I used a smaller version of this and loved it. Plus, the reviews are great and you could even grow lettuce in the winter with this baby!

  • Quick and Easy Set up on Soil or Hard Surfaces in minutes
  • Protects your plants and extends your growing season.
  • Clear PVC material with UV protection for longer life.
  • Promotes and maintains high humidity levels to create a superior growing environment.
  • Open floor allows greenhouse to be setup over existing trees and bushes.

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  1. The Real Housewife of Suburbia says

    I put my tomato seedlings in the outdoor kitchen this past weekend, and so far so good. I kept a few flats of them inside under the grow lights, but I figure if the ones outside start to look a little sad I’ll just flip on the heat out there and perk them up.

    Do you grow eggplants? If so, when do you put them in the greenhouse?

  2. Beth says

    So far I have started a couple of different kinds of tomatoes, broccolini, broccoli, tomatillos, and a couple of different kinds of bell peppers- all of them are in seed trays in my formal living room because I get great light in there.

    I have a question- when you start broccoli, does it look long and spindly and not stand up? This is the first time I have started broccoli and I really don’t understand how the long thin seedling becomes a sturdy broccoli plant.

    Any advice you can provide is much appreciated-


    • Evelyn says

      When you plant them in the garden plant them deep and they should be fine.If they are really long perhaps start some new seeds or plant both to experiment to check the difference in the growth of the long ones as compared to new ones you start.Do you run a fan over your seedlings ? I use to start everything in the house ,I found if I ran a fan on low so that my seeds got ‘wind’ it made them stronger.I’m trying tomatillo’s for the first time this season :)

  3. MaMaLaLa says

    I am in the Boise area and I have a plastic small greenhouse with 4 shelves- I am wondering if I could start my seeds outside in the greenhouse rather than inside the house? Any tips would be awesome- from you Mavis or other readers.

    I already planted my sugar snap peas outside this past weekend, and we picked up some strawberry starts from a local garden center. Excited to be planting items already!

    • Cecily says

      Yes, as long as you are past any hard freezes. Place your greenhouse in a sheltered spot with southern exposure if possible and grow for it!

  4. Evelyn says

    Looks GREAT REALLY like the gutter idea.I’m in Florida so the front porch is my seed starting area using the long tray’s with domes.I have a 2 tier wagon if the night is cool I bring in them into the garage at night.After transplanting to individual pots after the second set of leaves I move them out back to get dappeled sun,then a week later into the garden or big pots.
    I’m new to your blog and have been looking for any ideas you’ve shared about saving seed not at the end of the season,but seed organization.Have you shared how you save your seed?

  5. Kristy says

    My basil is up but the first true leaves are starting to turn brown on the ends.(The seed leaves still are green) Do you think I am over/under watering or have them too close to the lights? They are about 3 inches from the lights now

  6. Charla Echlin says

    I live in the PNW and started seeds in my 10×10 greenhouse in Feb- with a small heater and 2 shop lights (cold hardy first- lettuce, spinach, bok choy, peas & sweet peas,allysum, mustard greens and artichokes ) then in March started nasturtiums, marigolds, basil, cilantro, parsley, beans, cukes, and zucchinis- probably forgot to list some things I’m sure!
    My husband built me benches-(with storage underneath for all my pots!) and I found that I needed more room for flats- so he put wire shelves up above the benches- and I have hooks hanging from the ceiling beams for hanging baskets- it’s perfect!!
    By the time I transplant out of flats to 3″ pots they’re usually ready to be place in my 2 shelved upright greenhouses for hardening off. I started fertilizing those who have true leaves and they have just started taking off!
    I love this time of year…

  7. Desirae says

    I started some tomato seedlings, and they do NOT look as beautiful at yours Mavis. I’m not sure what I”m doing wrong, I have them inside under a grow light and I’ve kept them well watered. I’m feeling disappointed, and would love any suggestions anyone might have as to how I could do better. Thanks!

    • Cecily says

      You could try heat mats. I use them in addition to grow lights and my tomatoes do great. Also don’t water too much or the seedlings could damp off.

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