Monday, June 13, 2011

Greenhouse, how I love thee

Before planting

Six weeks later.

I use the Square Foot Gardening method.  You use 4 4'x6" boards, to make a 16 square foot box, then attach some lathing strips over the top to make 16 sections within each box.  Mel, the creator of SFG, came up with a mix of peat moss, vermiculite, and a variety of compost.  It works great and each spring I only have to add more compost, not hard to find on the ranch!  The theory is that you can plant something different inside each section without disturbing other sections.  I do this, but sometimes finding myself questioning what I planted when I find my labels have been washed off....darn fake sharpie!  I have a drip system and also some sprinklers. 

I didn't pick all my carrots last year and now they are getting ready to produce seeds, so I will be saving them to replant next year. 

I start my seeds in the house, these seeds will eventually go into the garden when it warms up enough.  I try to buy only heritage seeds so I can harvest and save the seeds for next year.  Hybrid seeds usually won't grow after you harvest them. 

 Onions, year 2.  They were pretty tiny last fall, so I let them go.



I started growing one box full of everbearing strawberries.  This is an experiment for me, as I have about 300 plants growing in the garden, too.  I want to see how long I can harvest berries.  In the garden last year, I was picking berries into November!

Green beans

Peas climbing the cattle panel.

I love my Greenhouse.  I've had it for a few years now, but still haven't taken full advantage of it's usefulness.  This winter I waded through the snow to see what was going on in there.  Turns out the feral barn cats figured out how nice and warm it was and made it home.  (Which led to finding some 'surprises' when I was getting ready to plant this spring.....ewwwww!!)   I was even more surprised to find out that my cilantro had re-seeded and was growing great.  My peas also somehow spread out and seeded themselves, so I have peas in random sections.  I started pulling weeds only to find my thyme finally grew, luckily I was able to replant them after pulling them out!

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  1. You are so lucky to have such a nice greenhouse! Looks great! Ya, had cat suprises in my garden too... Blessings from Wisconsin!

  2. Hi , was just referred to your blog does the celery really work? I remember we always tried to grow a pineapple when I was younger, but apparently we were not patient enough...11 months would have been a lifetime. We probably gave it 3 weeks or at least my mother gave it 3 weeks before throwing it out. Greetings also from Wisconsin.

  3. Hi Elizabeth! The celery seems to be growing wonderfully! I had heard this tip last year and kept forgetting to try it. It's grown about 3 inches in the last week!! I have a friend who was able to grow a pineapple and mine is looking good, although it's got a long way to go.

  4. Dicky Bird, we bought the greenhouse when we still lived in the 'big city'. It sat in our barn for a couple years before we were able to set it up. I love it!