Early spring outdoors means late spring in the greenhouses!
“Old” greenhouse: You’re seeing 7 of 9 beds, most are 3’x6′
The old (Oct ’07) greenhouse has been acting as our seedling house: it’s kind of boot camp before life outdoors. In here, I transfer all seeds I start indoors. Some of these seedlings have already done their turn in here and have been booted outside already (broccoli, cabbage, Asian brassicas like mustards and mibuna). It’s also done duty for the last of the winter salads (planted December through February; that’s most of the color you see) that furnished the majority of our salads from February through April. Soon, the seedling onions and leeks will go outside too. That’s garlic in the back left; I am hoping for a late May-through mid-June harvest from here.
“New” greenhouse, now you’re seeing 10 of 12 beds, all 3’x6′
The new (Oct ’08) greenhouse is slowly being cleared of its fall and winter contents. I still have lots of onions and leeks in here. There are herbs, too, in here that are more or less permanent residents (parsley, celery, chives, chervil, thyme). We are also presently enjoying lots of flowers from brassicas like purple sprouting broccoli and lancinato and red kales. Speaking of flowers, and unlike the other greenhouse, this one has stuff that I am allowing to go to seed: beets, carrots, lettuces. Most of these plants that’ll produce seed have been self-selected by yours truly because they showed amazing perserverence over the slug and cold onslaught that left many of their siblings mushily dead mid-winter. I appreciate hardiness! I appreciate non-death! Therefore, I will grant them the time and–more pressingly–space to go through their flowering and seeding.
Soon enough, both greenhouses will be too consistently hot for salad things so it will be time for the heat-loving summer crops. As it is now, it does get mighty hot in there: above 90 with the vents open, and as cold as 45 at night. This is great for tomato seedlings but it’s a bummer for those pretty lettuces.