***Warning: Image heavy post***
Today I thought I would invite you on a tour of our large old and decrepit green house.
Please excuse the broken and dirty windows, the weeds and the clutter :)
We will begin with a look at the tomatoes! This year we planted Roma, Cherry
and Beef tomatoes, but because we were late planting we haven't had any yet.
I make daily inspections - patience is a virtue I have yet to possess...
The big bush in the background there is my Belladonna.
As you might notice, she has tripled in size over the last few weeks!
She is now 7 or 8 feet tall, and even wider than that.
I also noticed little babies of hers popping up here and there...
Cinnamon man is crazy about zucchini, so we grow several each year.
Last year we let them grow as big as arms, and we ended up with
much more than we knew what to do with. This year we have decided
to pick them while they are smaller and tastier. We had the first 4 a few days ago,
fried with herbal batter, Provencal style. They were delicious!
This year we planted a mix of six different lettuce and New Zealand Spinach.
We also have sweet peas/sugar snaps growing in one corner
(but I forgot to take a picture of those).
It's a luxury taking that little harvesting walk out to the green house before dinner!
We put the lettuce in between the tomatoes, and pushed them in to
every other little left over piece of soil we could find.
Then we gave away at least 10 of them to friends and family,
and still we have several plants we don't know what to do with.
I haven't been able to bring myself to throw them out yet.
Last year we planted our Halloween pumpkins on the hill
and unfortunately they were quickly over-grown by heavy weeds.
The resulting harvest was a measly 2 pumpkins from 4 vines.
The edible gray pumpkins on the other hand,
we put in the greenhouse, and got 2 nice pumpkins off every vine.
So this year we have arranged a pumpkin patch in the green house,
hoping for several big pumpkins in time for October.
(The tree trunks you see are for keeping the collapsing roof in place...)
In the green house I also have two lovely grape vines; Riesling and Himrod.
They are 5 years old and yield way too much fruit every year.
This spring I cut them back heavily, to give the pumpkin patch some light,
but the vines are totally un-phased. They are actually growing through
the ceiling out across the roof of the green house now.
I hope you enjoyed our little tour!
Are you growing something of your own this year?