greenhouse tour 2013

greenhouse is full


So far our little home-build greenhouse is doing really well in its first year. I’m happy with the insulating factor and how well the expensive automatic vents are working. I’m heating it with a heater that fits on top of a BBQ propane tank, mostly on the low setting. It’s hard to believe but the greenhouse is now FULL and I need to build a shelf for the plants that are not yet planted but will need to have a place here.


I like to snap photos on cloudy days, they seem to turn out better for me somehow, so I took a few this morning as I was inspecting the troops.


I hope you enjoy the tour.


red brandywine tomatoes


Tomatoes! Lots of tomatoes. These ones are Red Brandywine.


bronze amaranth


Bronze Amaranth. Striking decorative plant that is also edible… the young leaves and the seeds.


fernleaf dill


Fernleaf Dill. Grown more for the leafy parts than the seed heads, so it’s great for fish and soup and other dilly dishes.




Marjoram. Doing very well! This is sometimes referred to as a mild form of Oregano. I think it has its own flavour, but it does remind me a bit of Oregano. It’s a tender perennial, so it needs some help to overwinter.


indian lemongrass


Indian Lemongrass. This tray was in the fridge for a month, with seeds in, to help them germinate. It worked well and they’re doing great now in the greenhouse. This tastes great in tea or in stir fries.


black hungarian pepper


Black Hungarian hot pepper. A favourite that people have requested since I first started growing them a few years ago. They look like a dark purple Jalapeno, and have the same type of heat. The flavour is more mellow, though, especially if you let them ripen to a dark red.


bean flowers


The beans I grew indoors are still flowering and producing beans! They’re pretty happy in the greenhouse, although it was a bit of a shock for them at first, adjusting to the increase in light levels.


wild asparagus


Last but not least – the wild asparagus has been transplanted and is doing well.


How are your seedlings growing?


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Happy planting!