Wednesday, December 27, 2017

After the solstice

Solstice day I decommissioned the greenhouse heater. Only the petunias and the pak-choi are left there, the latter almost ready to yield its seeds in hundreds of pods. I took the basil, the parsley, a couple of mystery trees, and the eggplant to the shop, where they now rest in front of the south facing window.
Not quite visible is the eggplant, here in more detail:

The only veggie still producing is the carrot patch in the window garden, and here is my latest harvest, yesterday:
Now it's time to start thinking about the preparations for next season. I have pruned all but one of my fruit trees, and I have chipped the pine bark with which I wil try to modify the Ph of the soil so as to make it acid enough to produce blueberries and lupini. I have failed plenty with the lupini, and I have never tried growing blueberries.
Horse manure is next on my agenda, and I will add it to all planters and garden spots. And because I have kept good records of everything that has grown, I will make a final tally once the carrots and the eggplant are done.
The garden is a wonderful place to find peace in, even when times are hard and not all is well. May 2018 be a good year in the garden and out.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winter is around the corner

At bed time last night the thermometer was at 38F; this morning 28F. The forecast is for temperatures in the 20s the next several nights. So I picked some tomatoes, a total of about 2 kilos, both heirloom and small ones. Their colors are not are vibrant as earlier in the season, but one can still see the difference: pink the heirloom; orange-red the small ones. The heirloom have some cracks, too. So these are headed for the salsa-making procedure, sometime this week. I am curious to see how long my little heater can keep the temperature of the greenhouse above freezing.
My eggplants (I have a few in the greenhouse) have flowered all fall, and I have used a q-tip to aid the pollination process (it seems not to have done anything). Great flowers and no fruit. Until now. Unbelievable, but a three-inch long pink eggplant has formed. Now we'll see what happens. Love to watch these creatures.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Carrots, squash

The carrots are producing nicely, and today I gathered a supply for the next couple of days:
They are stubby, but sweet and crunchy.
The squash production was not super this year, but considering how late I planted them, I am happy with what we got:
Delicatas and orange squash; also butternut and green squash: 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Apples, tomatoes

The apple harvest is over, and my share of the crop (after the deer took what they could) is of more than 260 pieces (many of them half-munched) weighing Kg 22.757. Not bad! Much of the crop has been turned into apple sauce and frozen for future use. Crisps and apple butter are also being produced.
The tomato crop continues to be excellent, and today I picked a few babies, heirloom and Campari, weighing a total of Kg 1.219. The largest specimen came in at 340g.
Many more to come.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

First carrots

My carrots have been growing quietly in the window garden, protected from the deer., Today I pulled two out of the ground, and they are nice:
I look forward to a good, slow crop.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

More Tomatoes

It's mid-October and my tomatoes are going strong. So far I have harvested Kg 6.281 of heirloom tomatoes and Kg 1.791 of small tomatoes. The latter include two types, distinguished by their respective seeds. Next season I will keep them separate and each clearly labeled. Production will continue, as my greenhouse is now protected from night frost.

Yummy salsa-to-be!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


While the visiting deer has destoyed every plant within his reach, and has inflicted damage to the fruit trees, I am delighted with the outstanding performance of the plants in my small greenhouse.
I decided to try to keep things growing as long as possible. Two nights ago the temperature dipped to 31, and I managed to keep the temperature of the greenhouse in the 40's by putting a space heater there. But that was a temporary Fix. Today I managed to install a thermostat in the greenhouse, and I attached the space heater to it. The function of the thermostat is to turn the heater on at 45 degrees, and turn it off at 47 degrees. I don't think I need to reach higher temps in the greenhouse--all I want to do is avoid a freeze. In daytime the sun will warm things up well.
Here are two examples of how things are growing in the greenhouse: petunias flowering; and pak choi seed pods forming. Wonderful.