Mamma mia! Look at them tall ‘maters! Also, onions drying on a screen lower left
Mid July: It’s time for another greenhouse post, I think. Daily temperatures get to about 110*, lows 75*.
Well. I harvested the last of the garlic about a week after I posted about the other garlic, and I said there was no rush. Well, I was mistaken. These heads were huge: each one between the size of a peach and a large apple. Wow. Everything grows better in the greenhouse is my lesson. I planted these around January 1st.
The June picture of the last greenhouse update shows the little tomato plants. I always have luck with big fruited tomatoes, not that I am really trying. Did you know that monsters like the one I grew last year that was over 3 pounds is actually the product of the merging of two or three blossoms? That’s what those freaks I mean determined growers are going for: size, to them, does matter. Anyway, look at the height of the Brandywine tomatoes (back right in the picture above). That’s pushing eight feet, with no sign of stopping. They’ll top out and burn once they hit the plastic, though. They’re fruiting well in there too. I expect to start harvesting the indeterminate tomatoes around the first of August.
My prolific early tomatoes are Bellstar Paste. I think the last time I grew determinate tomatoes (they grow to a certain point, fruit, then die) I was a Chicagoan with a back deck. In other words, it was a long time ago. I am growing them again! Little staking, then lots of crazy fruit. Good. They’ll get pulled much more quickly than the indeterminate ones to make room for lots of fall plantings.
Looking back from the big tomatoes to the door: first two beds are peppers, then eggplant and herbs, then the determinate tomatoes at the front
The peppers and eggplants likewise are doing well. I needed to stake some of the peppers: they are so laden they want to fall over. I am growing lots of paprika peppers (Hungarian peppers) this year, as I cleaned out my paprika stash this spring. (You grow them, you seed and dry them, you grind them up in a mortar. Easy peasy.) We’re not big hot pepper eaters here, but we do grow a lot of bells and Italian sweet peppers. The eggplants are slow, but they are always slow to get going. I plan to pull the Hungarian peppers first.
Yep, that’s kind of the shuffle you get into if you get a greenhouse. Grow, then get out. It’s a completely different way of considering dirt, I will tell you. That soil in that greenhouse is precious stuff! What I will do before sowing the new crops is add some compost and dried grass, stir things up a bit, then plant seeds or transplant seedlings. That’s also a lot different than the way I treat my clay garden soil. I am into layering out there, and respect the soil critters as much as I can. In the greenhouse, well, it’s not that they don’t have my respect (they do), it’s just that I have a different agenda.