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Garden 2016 - Plants Galore
Photos by Susan Kramer


How we built this greenhouse:

Greenhouse construction from a kit

1.  April 14, 2016 - Seedlings from tiny peat pots donated by our neighbor, and planted on April 13 for the first time in 10cm (4") pots and placed in greenhouse.



2. April 14, 2016 - another view of new planting.




3. April 14, 2016 - 3rd view of new planting.



4. April 30, 2016 - even though it's been cold - 30s and 40s this past week, the tomatoes (see photo below) have more than doubled in height. Way to go! Warmer weather is in the forecast the next 2 weeks.


5. May 8, 2016 tomatoes out of pots and repotted into ground up to first leaves level:


6. May 8, 2016 Herbs - parsley, radish, lettuce, rocket, garden cress - set outdoors on plant stand on north-facing wall:


7. May 14, 2016 In the large pot radishes and carrots thriving, and in the bed tomatoes growing:


8. May 22, 2016 - potatoes have emerged in open ground after 3 weeks planting. Swiss chard on the left of photo, potatoes in the center.


9. May 28, 2016 - first salad from the garden greenhouse: lettuce, radishes, chives and chives flowers. 6 weeks from thread-like seedlings to eating. (Chives from the open garden.)


10. June 4, 2016 - tomatoes are contained with soft twine now:


11. June 12, 2016 - Front porch: the 15 inch tall pot on left was planted up 4 weeks ago using potting soil with 2 seed potatoes placed in the center of the lower third of pot, and 3 geraniums planted around the outside edge. Now the potatoes have grown through the center and will make a canopy above the geraniums. After the potato plants bloom I will gently tilt the pot onto a plastic cloth and pick out the new potatoes, then replace the soil and replant the geraniums in the top of the soil. This is an experiment I am looking forward to later in summer, before first frost. The plants face the southeast so get morning and early afternoon sun.

In the garden to the right is a blooming oriental orange poppy, 4 inches across. This plant bloomed the 2nd year of its life, and each year since. The pods are spent blooms. It is a perennial.


12. June 19, 2016 - the cherry tomato plants come up to my shoulder now and have small blossoms. April 13, 2016 when planted they were as skinny as threads


13. June 26, 2016 - Pot at left, transplanted from the greenhouse today, having been started from seed 2.5 months ago: cucumber vine, basil and fennel. In this spot they will get morning and early afternoon sun and be protected from hail by porch overhang. Photo made at 11:30am Netherlands.


14. July 3, 2016 - the potted potato plant is almost up to the rail. (See June 12th for earlier growth.)


15. July 9, 2016 - the fennel, basil and cucumber have made it out of the greenhouse. I made a stick bridge to train the cucumber vine to the trellis.


16. July 17, 2016 - our first cherry tomatoes, in the greenhouse - 3 months from peat pot to small tomatoes. (View just right of center.)


17. July 24, 2016 - welcomed a new twin Trachycarpus fortunei to our front garden. We will keep it in a pot and roll it into the greenhouse in winter. Our previous palm died in the cold winter of 2009.


18. July 24, 2016 - our carrot harvest from a pot in the greenhouse planted April 13, 2016. The longest is 6 inches.


19. July 31, 2016 - Training the cucumber vine over to the side fence on a rail of thick branch cuttings. See photo number 15. For growth on July 9th. Fennel and basil visible in same pot.


20. August 6, 2016 - look at the picture just above (from July 31st), then at this picture and see how fast a cucumber can grow!


21. August 19, 2016 - the summer harvest from our greenhouse: 100 green cherry tomatoes and the volunteer potatoes in the dish. Unfortunately we had one very cold night this week on August 11th with the temperature dropping to just above freezing, but it was low enough to make the tomato vines wilt. I rescued these cherry tomatoes today, and am placing them in the front east facing picture window that has a radiator underneath. We'll see if they eventually ripen. Then I spaded the planting beds in the greenhouse and still need to wash the glass walls - but that will be another day.




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