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The Greenhouse is Rockin’

May 15, 2013


The greenhouse is keeping us busy planting, weeding, thinning and the best part of gardening –  harvesting.  The slower growing early crops like beets and carrots are coming along slow but sure, but we’ve been able to supplement at least two meals a day out of the greenhouse now for about a month.  Two ripe strawberries also never made it to the house 😉

Hakurei turnip


Hakurei salad turnip

It’s been nice to get fresh greens, bok choy and crunchy turnips for a change of pace.  Kale and chard for greens over winter and into spring was getting tiresome,  I was not sorry to see them go.’

Melissa savoy cabbage

Melissa savoy cabbage

The turnips are tiny yet, but very sweet and tasty, if you haven’t grown these yet, I think you should try.  They do need row cover though for good results, but a very fast succession crop for those little fill in spots throughout the entire summer.

Dark Red Norland potatoes

Dark Red Norland potatoes

The early potatoes are doing well too,  things are little crowded for good hilling with soil in here, so grass clippings have been filling in when available.

Part of the beauty of gardening in a space for some time is that you get edible volunteers.  In this bed of kohlrabi, cilantro and arugula have self-seeded in a previous growing season.  “Weeds” like this definitely keep us on our toes at weeding time.

Cover crop rye tilled down

Cover crop rye tilled down

In the greenhouse slated for over-wintering hardy greens, we have mowed the cover crop rye, tilled it in, and seeded buckwheat for a quick early summer cover crop.  It almost feels like we skipped spring and are into summer already.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2013 9:11 am

    Isn’t it just the most glorious feeling filing plates with your own greens, your greenhouse is a marvellous size too, you can really get stuck in.. we are in our first few days of summer now, it is finally warm and it is grand.. I am off out into the garden.. ! have a lovely day.. c

  2. May 20, 2013 3:53 am

    Here in Nebraska in mid-May my garden (though half of it is still empty, awaiting our hoophouse kit to arrive) is filling our bellies with : wild lambsquarters, radishes, lettuces, asparagus, rhubarb. Such a blessing, and quite a lot of variety with my hens’ eggs and a few other wild foods growing around us.

  3. May 20, 2013 12:09 pm

    So big….. So level…. So envious…..

  4. May 22, 2013 8:32 am

    I have been wondering if Jane has calved yet.

  5. May 24, 2013 7:54 pm

    You are rockin! That greenhouse looks great. I was drooling over el’s greenhouse and finally got one this year. It is quite a journey. Now I see that you are posting on NS vs EW. Didn’t realize there was a difference. What do you suggest as some good fall into winter crop would be for the greenhouse? We are in New Jersey. Right now we are growing tomatoes, asian elephant ears, figs in tubs and ground cherries etc in the greenhouse. As they give in to frost…I am thinking come Sept/Oct I can plant some cool loving plants. Would cabbage work or they will bolt? Love how you keep the chickens in the greenhouse : ). Happy summer!

    • May 27, 2013 7:57 pm

      Hafiz, Congrats! Greenhouses can be addictive 😉 EW is best for winter harvest/growing, and NS for spring into fall growing. Both work in both seasons, and both have constraints either way. The key to winter growing is to have your plants pretty good size before September, as you want to be harvesting throughout the winter as the plants won’t do much growing after the days get short. I plant most of my winter harvest crops by late July, otherwise they are just a gamble for me. Eliot Coleman’s Winter Harvest Handbook is a good one to get you started.

      • May 29, 2013 7:37 am

        Greenhouse placement for us was dictated by topography – not much in the way of flat areas and wind direction – our worst winds are NS, and so facing the short end into the wind will guarantee our greenhouse still standing in most gales. That’s the theory anyway and have already lost one to snow fall while away.

  6. Shirley Wikstrom permalink
    May 26, 2013 9:33 am

    Good Morning

    I have looked through your old posts and cannot find the one where you talked about where you purchased your hoop house supplies. When you have time could you repost that? Thanks!

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