Monday, February 22, 2016

Around the Greenhouse

 Adam built the greenhouse on the highest, driest part of our property. He then proceeded to dig beds for our spring/summer crops quite near it.
The bed with poles on the left is for tomatoes, but it will start with sweet snow peas. The bed in front of it will have general vegetables. Right behind Sandy you see the potato bin with cardboard boxes lining it. Additional poles are there for future beds.
 Down by the truck is another bed with poles for tomatoes and English peas (or maybe broccoli). Behind it (and barely visible) is a bed with hoops and white plastic over it. Adam has just put our garlic in there, plus some buttercruch lettuce seeds and Romaine. He can cover it when needed.
hoop bed in back, pole bed in front
In front of the greenhouse is the newest bed he dug (it's dark brown) with the tiller at its far end. That bed is also for tomatoes. It's the longest bed yet.
At the far end, just behind the truck bed, Adam also dug mounds for Blue Lake green beans (my favorite). The mounds surround a center pole to which strings are attached and the beans grow up the strings. It ends up looking rather like a teepee of green vines.
Adam's latest tomato bed, complete with compost and organic fertilizer:
This morning was vaguely cool and overcast and we tended another burn pile in the field. There is so much to burn! In addition, in the greenhouse this morning, the parsley is up quite nicely. Our herbs seem to be early risers.


  1. It's all looking good. You've done and are doing a LOT.

    Happy farming ~ FlowerLady

  2. Hooray! You are natural farmers! I'm impressed!

  3. Cool greenhouse! This is an ambitious project, and it's going well! We still aren't planting vegetables. Our farm was once used primarily for tobacco, which depletes the soil something awful, and then the topsoil was sold some years back. The fescue hay grows well. Marigolds and zinnias and chrysanthemums flourish --- nothing else. We'll probably have to get a few truckloads of topsoil when we get serious about raising actual crops in the separated garden areas. We have 18 acres under cultivation for the hay. The other crops would be just for our personal use.

  4. Great work! I'm hoping for some containers of tomatoes and yellow summer squash along with some flowers on my balcony. I'm a city gardener now! (A city of 300 people, lol.)But this size garden is about my speed. I don't have the energy to keep up with what you all are doing! :)

  5. What do you mean by sweet snow peas? Do you mean Sugar Snap Peas? If they are the latter, you let them get fat and a little bumpy, and they are sweet and crunchy. Snow Peas are used a lot in Chinese cooking, and you pick them when they are still fairly flat. They don't get as sweet.

    I am so happy for your husband. And he is lucky to have you documenting everything!


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