Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Greenhouse Progress

May 29, 2009 The greenhouse and the wetlands garden


December 6, 2009 Poorly sealed seams and doors allow the cold to seep in, slowing the plants' growth and white fly and slug proliferation. These insects awaken on every sunny day.


Avocados, onions, and garlic - we've purchased them this winter. Otherwise, until last week, we had not purchased vegetables since the autumn. The red leaf lettuce at the market was irresistible. Our own lettuce, withered and fragile like damp silk is edible only when it thaws. The collards and chard have been picked so that only mouse-ear sized leaves remain. Parsley and cilantro leaves stick to the frost heaved soil. The plants were transplanted late, and the greenhouse is lacking in insulated seams. We are picked out until the weather warms.

October 24, 2009 The greenhouse and the meadow. In the late summer, the lower branches of the tupelo in the left foreground are browsed (deer) of all leaves.

Though our CSA share got us through a tough growing season, we have let that lapse and will be growing all of our own vegetables. That includes dry beans and potatoes. Grains are a frontier. Perhaps we will try flour corn again, perhaps wheat.

December 6, 2009 Collards, carrots, lettuce, parsley, and cilantro are reliable. Spinach was harvested to prevent the spread of a white fly infestation which spread to carrot tops as well.

December 29, 2009 Frost damages broccoli leaves, which I trim. More leaves emerge from the top of the stem. The plants now look like thick, bent wires.