What’s Going on the Greenhouse? (Lesson Learned)

I am over the moon excited about this greenhouse in my backyard.  Unfortunately, when the greenhouse was built, I didn’t become instantly endowed with fantastic “greenhouse gardening” knowledge, and I’m learning my lessons this Spring.

For example, if you put seeds in trays of “seed starting mix” and wait for them to sprout, and then wait for their first true leaves, and then wait for those leaves to get a little bigger (or even unfurl) you will wait a long, long time.

These tomatoes have looked like this for roughly two months.  Guess how much of that time I spent waiting for them before I transplanted what I needed into actual dirt?  Yeah, about a month and a half.

tomato sprouts in the greenhouse

Luckily, LOOK at this tomato start!   Already in it’s second pot, just a few weeks after transplanting the sproutlet.

tomato starts in the greenhouse

Let’s get another before and after.

Basil sprouts:

sprouted basil in the green house

Basil transplanted (do you think 43 basil plants is enough?)  You can see which ones got a few weeks head start.  I normally don’t get out for gardening until the baby goes to sleep at night.  If he’s in his crib before the sun goes down, I get to play in the dirt!

basil starts in the greenhouse

The ground cherries are chugging along- I have a twisted history with ground cherries that once found me with 23 tomatillo plants in my yard. A bad case of mistaken identity. This might be the year I find out what they taste like!

ground cherry starts in the greenhouse

Speaking of tomatillos, they’re going crazy- if it stays warm next week, I’m transplanting them before they do themselves harm.

tomatillo starts in the greenhouse

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3 Responses

  1. WOW! THIS IS AMAZING! I HAD A GARDEN EVERY YEAR BACK IN UTAH, BUT HERE IN WA I TRIED A COUPLE OF TIMES AND NEVER WORKED….NO TOMATOES…THE GREENHOUSE IDEA SOUNDS VERY GOOD, MAYBE NEXT YEAR I’LL TRY IT. WHAT DO YOU DO DURING THE FALL-WINTER TIME?

  2. You’re going to share your basil, right? I’ll trade you cabbage, this fall. heh

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