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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fall plantings ready for harvest

 Here is some of our fall broccoli just coming to heads!  It has done wonderful this fall.



 We tried to keep our fall tomatoes going longer by making a "tent" for them on frosty nights. It worked pretty well.

At night we put in a couple of lights and it worked really well. 

 
In the greenhouse, we have had two crops of radishes.  They are quick and easy to grow.


The tomato plants inside the greenhouse set fruit and are starting to ripen.



 Our lettuce is doing wonderful.  We have several leaf lettuce varieties and it grows back quickly.


Happy 1st Anniversary!

 We kept the top of their wedding cake in the freezer so on their 1st anniversary, they came over have it to celebrate this milestone.
It wasn't too bad old or dried out and  was enjoyable the second time!  In fact, they said they really didn't have a piece the year before!

Monday, October 29, 2012

2012 fall greenhouse

2012 OUR FALL GREENHOUSE
The rest of the pictures are from our greenhouse!  I’ve been harvesting radishes and they grow quick.  I just put them in a plastic container with holes in the bottom for drainage.


Here is some of our floating leaf lettuce.  When doing these, we just have a nutrient reservoir below Styrofoam.  The cups are 2” so Michael made 2” holes and they are 2” a part.  The plastic container is just a dishpan. We also got some air rocks that you use in an aquarium to oxygenize the air.



The larger lettuce on the right is loose head varieties.  Since they larger, they are 6”  a part. The plastic container is one that would fit under the bed.  I painted it black because of light issues.  Again, the nutrient reservoir is below. 


We also got a 2” PVC pipe and cut about 40  two inch holes in it and placed some lettuce to grow there.  This part of our greenhouse has four PCV pipes that have a pump and then drain into a 15 galloon plastic container.  We have not done lettuce this way in the past  but wanted to see how it compared with the other way we do it.  We do put in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.  Those pipes are 3” wide. Michael just cut them down but we have decided we would rather have 3” holes a foot apart and will do that in the future.




For the grow cups, I like to use newspaper cups and some soil. The soil helps keep the roots damp in case something goes wrong with either electricity loss or nutrient loss.  I like the mesh pots to put the newspaper pots into to hold them in place.  The roots grow right through the newspaper and the holes in the pots.  The newspaper also acts as a wick to pull up the water and nutrients.  For the lettuce, we have used bathroom size plastic cups and cut with a hole in the bottom and holes around the sides but I think the roots go out easier with the newspaper and mesh.  In fact, you will see roots a foot long!



Here are our greenhouse tomato plants.  We started these August first and they are setting fruit and are about four feet. They are just in pots and about once a week when I redo the nutrient reservoir, I will use those nutrients to water the tomatoes otherwise I water daily.  I also have a couple of pepper plants that I started as new plants. 




We use technaflora fertilizer.  They have three main components, boost,  grow and then when it’s setting fruit you use bloom instead of the grow. It is an organic fertilizer and I like it.  It stays fairly stable in measuring the parts per million, unless it is hot and then I may have to add water.  One gallon will last a long time.  I do use a water meter to measure how much parts per million it has and try to keep it at about 500.  I am enclosing you a handout on mixing but find it doesn’t use as much as it calls for to make it at 500.  I mix in a 5 gallon bucket and use 2 T of boost and then 1 T of grow and mix that and then add about 2 ½ gallons more to get it to 500.



I will also be putting herbs in the greenhouse.  Right now they are in pots on our deck closer to the kitchen.  We have tried to garden most of the year and in January we will start early crops to put out the end of February and later start spring plants.  We pretty much eat something from our garden almost daily.

Monday, October 15, 2012

2012 Fall Greenhouse



I’ve been harvesting radishes and they grow quick.  I just put them in a plastic container with holes in the bottom for drainage.



Here are some of our floating leaf lettuce.  When doing these, we just have a nutrient reservoir below Styrofoam.  The cups are 2” so Michael made 2” holes and they are 2” a part.  The plastic container is just a dishpan. We also got some air rocks that you use in an aquarium to oxygenize the air.
 
 






The larger lettuce on the right is loose head varieties.  Since they larger, they are 6”  a part. The plastic container is one that would fit under the bed.  I painted it black because of light issues.  Again, the nutrient reservoir is below. 
  
We also got a 2” PVC pipe and cut about 40  two inch holes in it and placed some lettuce to grow there.  This part of our greenhouse has four PCV pipes that have a pump and then drain into a 15 galloon plastic container.  We have not done lettuce this way in the past  but wanted to see how it compared with the other way we do it.  We do put in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.  Those pipes are 3” wide. Michael just cut them down but we have decided we would rather have 3” holes a foot apart and will do that in the future.



For the grow cups, I like to use newspaper cups and some soil. The soil helps keep the roots damp in case something goes wrong with either electricity loss or nutrient loss.  I like the mesh pots to put the newspaper pots into to hold them in place.  The roots grow right through the newspaper and the holes in the pots.  The newspaper also acts as a wick to pull up the water and nutrients.  For the lettuce, we have used bathroom size plastic cups and cut with a hole in the bottom and holes around the sides but I think the roots go out easier with the newspaper and mesh.  In fact, you will see roots a foot long!

 
Here are our greenhouse tomato plants.  We started these August first and they are setting fruit and are about four feet. They are just in pots and about once a week when I redo the nutrient reservoir, I will use those nutrients to water the tomatoes otherwise I water daily.   
I also have a couple of pepper plants that I started as new plants.

2012 Fall Garden

Here’s a picture of our upper garden with fall plantings! You can see our 8 foot okra at the back.  With the cooler weather and shorter sunlight, I think it is about done.

Here’s one of the beds wit hour oldest broccoli plants.  I haven’t seen heads yet but the plants are huge and beautiful.   Our four beds of strawberries still need to have the runners clipped back.  They are beautiful!  We planted those four beds last fall and had some beautiful strawberries this spring.


Here’s our fall tomato bed.  It got started late but has set fruit.  We are going to try to cover it up if we get some frosts before it’s ready.  We do have some tomato plants in the greenhouse.




Now I’m showing  pictures are from our lower garden.  Here’s our bed of beets (closer) and carrots.  We grew beautiful carrots last spring so I’m excited about that.  If we have to, these will winter over without any problems.  At the back in the other bed are some peas.  I haven’t had a lot of luck growing green peas but I’m trying! 

 This bed shows some of our sweet potatoes.  We haven’t gotten them dug up as yet!  The hoops are for covering with plastic if we get a hard frost.

We have had a probably four bushels of peppers out of our bed of peppers.   We planted several varieties of multicolored sweet and 1-2 pablano peppers.  We may pot one or two and try to overwinter them.  We were successful last year doing that as peppers are perennials.