A Glimpse in the Greenhouse

May 29, 2017

0528 peppersWhenever I go to the farm, and lately it’s been almost every day, my first stop is always the greenhouse.  The rest of the garden is coming along – slowly – now that the torrential downpours have stopped, but inside the greenhouse everything is growing like it’s the Garden of Eden.

The stalks of the bell peppers are nice and thick, and they’re putting out lots of nice flowers.  I haven’t grown these since I lived in Roseburg, and I did despair a little of ever having a homegrown bell pepper again.  On a whim I threw a couple of seeds into a pot, and figured I’d just try and see.  Based on this though, I think they might just do well out here.  Next year I’ll have to grow more than two!

0528 tomatoesThe tomatoes are doing better than good.  They’re doing monstrously, really.  I’ve been diligently suckering each plant, and gave them each a temporary bamboo pole, but they’re still getting completely out of hand.  The twine clips I ordered were supposed to get here on Friday, but UPS let me down and now they’re not going to be delivered until tomorrow at the earliest.  I’ll have to go straight out as soon as I get them and string up these bad boys, or else I’ll have a riot on my hands.

I’ve also got basil (and marigolds) growing along the edge, too.  They’re doing fine, but I definitely don’t have enough to make a batch of pesto yet.  Hopefully next month!

0528 lettuce bed.jpgAnd then, finally, there is the lettuce.  And the carrots.  But the real elephant in this room is the lettuce.  This stuff has done way better than I anticipated, and gotten much much bigger than I anticipated as well!  I spaced them each about 6 inches apart, but that was definitely not enough in retrospect.  These things got huge!

Next year I won’t plant as many.  Maybe just a couple of the romaines, since you can cut leaves as you need them and they keep growing.  I don’t know what I was thinking planting so many this year!  And I really like the butter-heads, but I didn’t space out their planting dates at all so they’ve all matured at once.  Next year I’ll sow a few every couple weeks or so, and hopefully the lettuce patch will be a little more manageable.

This year though, we’re going to have to start eating a lot of salad (and quickly) if we want to use it all before it bolts!

9 Comments

  • The High Plainslady

    May 29, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Looks awesome! I’m researching year round green house options (we will be in zone 4) so that I can grow through the winter. Our season is TOO short!

  • Hot Mess Homesteader

    May 30, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Looks great! I too am waiting on my clips to come so i can get the tomato plants staked. We are expecting a week of rain! My container garden is getting flooded! This is why we take notes so we know what to improve on next year!

    1. sproutandsprig

      May 30, 2017 at 3:13 am

      Exactly!

  • homegrownveganfood

    May 30, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    If I forget my lettuce for 2 hours it’s already taken over the pot, lol. I’m so jealous of your setup!

  • Spring Lake Homestead

    May 31, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    It’s making me hungry just looking at it!

  • homesteadingbutnot

    June 1, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Mm! Lettuce!

  • foxpineshomestead

    June 2, 2017 at 12:15 am

    You definitely have a green thumb! I know how it is – plant too many of something, and then they all do well. I have at least 2 dozen tomato plants this year, but I will can or sauce /freeze all the extras, nothing goes to waste if I can help it.

  • The Belmont Rooster

    June 5, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Looking AWESOME!!! I like the chair in your greenhouse!

  • oldhouseintheshires

    June 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Looking great! My tomatoes are going bonkers too!

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