May 2, 2017

Greenhouse Update

Tomato plants in the greenhouse are really tall, the ones in the quart yogurt containers are between 18 and 24 inches tall. It must be the greenhouse making them grow like this, they look leggy to me.
More weirdly tall tomato plants. It's been a warm and very very windy last couple of days so hopefully the ground will dry out soon and I can get some planting done.
Can you see the blossoms forming on the tall one in the middle? Yeah, they're everywhere. Almost all the tomato plants have flowers.
Nice fluffy leaved eggplants. I've killed 3 flea beetles and there doesn't seem to be anymore damage so far.
And the pepper seedlings are still doing ok. Most of the plants are of the Numex anaheim types like Big Jim and Joe E. Parker, but I also got Jalafuego hybrid and Aji Lemon to germinate as well as Early Jalapeno.
And the Mizuna and Tatsoi are out of control. There's 6 Mizuna plants in styrofoam cups under that mess of leaves, I've been picking off outer leaves lately and they actually seem happier for it.

It's probably a good thing I wasn't able to get anything planted before the rain. By Sunday our entire backyard was underwater. My husband said a couple of roads were still washed out on Monday when he went to pick up some rabbit manure for the garden. But luckily a couple of really windy warmish days have dried out a lot of it.

In other news, my partner built a deck in our backyard in April which has been inspiring him to do some grilling. Today he grilled steaks, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and pineapple. So good. It's going to be a wonderful summer of grilling.


Sue Garrett said...

The tomatoes may be tall but they look really healthy. We could do with a share of your rain.

Phuong said...

Hi Sue,
That's so strange that you're having such a dry cold spring. Your flowers are so beautiful, they seem to be doing really well. We're getting another big storm this weekend, I was hoping to plant before then but the soil is definitely still too wet.

Margaret said...

Wow - look at those tomato plants! When it comes to tomatoes that are destined to be planted outside, leggy isn't really an issue. In fact, the leggier the better as that means way more stem to bury, which will give you larger, better plants. If they are too long to bury (i.e. you can't dig a hole that deep), I've even seen people bury them horizontally and then you curve the top up to stick out of the soil.

We are having a ton of rain now too - wishing it to go away hasn't helped.

Phuong said...

Hi Margaret,
That's true, it won't hurt them to be planted deep. It's just freaky to me that they're so tall and have flowers already, makes me feel like something's wrong.

It's supposed to be sunny and windy the next few days, so the ground might actually dry out enough for me to plant this week. So excited!

norma chang said...

All your seedlings are so healthy, hope your grounds dry out sufficient so you can plant. Would you pinch off the tomato blossoms or leave them alone?

Mutiny in the Garden said...

Your plants look fantastic! Are they getting enough breeze in the greenhouse to make sure the stems are strong? That would be the only concern with that height. Still well done. Everything looks great.

Phuong said...

Hi Norma,
I've been out planting the last two days, so happy and incredibly sore. I've actually never pinched out tomato blossoms. Because we get so hot here the plants usually drop their blossoms by midsummer, so the first flush is important.

Phuong said...

Hi Mutiny,
A fan would definitely help with strengthening the plants, I need to remember that for next year. I just finished planting the tomatoes out in the garden today. Yay!