Its been another busy month in the greenhouse as I plan for my plant sale next month. Yes, next month! Eek! I better get moving. Above are all the tomato seedlings waiting for me to pot them up to bigger pots. All but one type has germinated. The black cherry tomato seeds that I saved last year have been one of the first to germinate. I will try to get them into larger pots today. They may seem small yet and you are supposed to wait until they get a second set of leaves but the roots will be long and needing more room. I carefully prepare a new pot with some good quality potting soil and add a pinch of Gaia 4-4-4 organic fertilizer. It’s amazing how fast tomato plants grow once they have a bit more room.
The salad greens are well on their way. Here I have a mix of swiss chard, lettuce, mesclun and spinach. They are being hardened off by placing the trays outside for the day in a mini greenhouse. I thought about planting this way to help others save money. Often when you go to the garden center, a six-pack of swiss chard is what you have to buy. Perhaps you only need one plant. I grew these plants to be used in containers.
The ‘Storm’ kale is growing quickly and it looks like it will be a good choice for a container. What I love about kale is the ability to harvest this plant all year long. It’s a biennial vegetable so it will return in the second year. That’s a win for my garden.
The peas are in various stages of growth. They are going outside this week. I love peas fresh from the garden.
So what else have I planted? Let see. I have Red Russian kale, cilantro, parsley, sage, chives and cucamelons. It’s not just vegetables in the greenhouse. I also grow all my own flowers for the garden. So far I have decided to plant zinnias, snapdragons, Impatiens, sweet peas, Nicotiana and alyssum.
Farmer Jim wants me to grow some Amaranth or Loves Lies Bleeding. I grew it for my plant sale last year but sold none. People didn’t know what it was. It’s not grown nearly enough here. I think Farmer Jim loves the long tassel like flowers on the plants. The plants grow to about five feet high so they are great as a background plant in a full sun garden. This year they will find a place in our garden once again.
I also have a flat of Coreopsis, shown above, planted up. They don’t flower in the first year, but when they do, they bloom all summer long.
I am being careful not to over plant this year. It broke my heart to compost perfectly good plants last summer. Remember my 72 basil plants of last summer? Sure I love basil but that’s excessive. I have lots of pesto in the freezer still. I will be planting Thai and sweet basil this week in the greenhouse. I am telling myself I only need six plants this year. Let’s see if that happens.