April 28, 2018

April Greenhouse Update

The greenhouse is packed with mainly tomatoes and pepper plants. I actually only finished potting up the peppers and tomatoes into individual containers a couple days ago on Wednesday.
One thing I decided not to grow is eggplant. And there won't be any spring lettuce or anymore spinach since the seedlings all bolted in the greenhouse.
Aunt Molly's ground cherry, I'm trying three different varieties of ground cherries and this one happens to be the largest so far. They are supposed to have a tropical but savory flavor, and they start out as the tiniest seeds and the tiniest seedlings ever.
Ambrosia is another named variety of ground cherries. I'm so excited to be growing them for the first time, I've been watching lots of YouTube videos about cooking with them.
This is actually an unnamed variety of ground cherries. It didn't germinate until it got very warm in the greenhouse, but it's a fast grower and is now a little bigger than the Ambrosia variety.
Pablano and jalapeno peppers. The pablano peppers didn't germinate until it got quite warm but they did end up with full germination.
Padron peppers. There was a bit of a disaster with the peppers and only 1/3 survived from the early seeding. They were reseeded when the tomatoes were sown which is why their sizes are so variable.
Odessa and Feher Ozon peppers are new to me varieties. We're mainly growing sweet peppers this year.
This tub has Sun Gold, Black Vernissage, and the potato leaved Yellow Brandywine tomato plants.
Aunt Ruby's German Green, Pink Berkley Tie-Dye, and Juanne Flamme are doing well in this tub. The tomato plants are at various stages of growth. A lot of things didn't germinate until it got truly warm in the greenhouse like Big Rainbow, Hillbilly Flame, and Ananas Noire.
Marianna's Peace is another potato leaved tomato.
Kale and escarole/endive share a flat and behind them is a whole flat of leeks.
The newly potted up onions and more kale are hanging out under a table until they recover some. Behind them are some kohlrabi.
Here's a big bucket of cutting celery which is destined for a little plot of land behind the greenhouse, in prior years this fallow area had been home to many a weed. I can't believe I finally got leaf celery to germinate.
Gigante parsley. This year I'm trying to grow more herbs in general.

It's supposed to be warm and sunny this week, so hopefully it'll dry out the garden and maybe we'll be able to till next weekend. I am so ready to get planting underway.

There are still lots of varieties that still need to be started like Asian greens, beets, basil, perilla, melons, etc. The rain has made me a bit apathetic in terms of seed starting, but the bulk of it should be done in a day or two.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.


Michelle said...

What a bounty of seedlings and everything looks so healthy. I hope the warmer weather allows you to get your garden up to speed. Our weather has turned cooler than normal but at least it's staying dry.

Sue Garrett said...

Such a lot of growth = our tomatoes have just germinated! They have a lot of growing to do!

Phuong said...

Hi Michelle,
I'm very hopeful we'll be able to plant this weekend, which would be truly wonderful. There are things that need to get in the ground asap like onions, leeks, and endive. It looks like you're getting a lot done in your garden, and your snow peas that are just coming into production look amazing.

Phuong said...

Hi Sue,
I forget how much later you plant your tomatoes. I think part of the reason our tomatoes did so well last year was because they didn't get planted out until it was truly warm. Your seed potatoes look excellent and it sounds like you got them planted just in time before all that rain.

Margaret said...

All your seedlings look amazing. I especially love the onion seedlings - they are so stocky! Mine are rather wispy and I'm thinking it may be because of the light - since they were the only seedlings on that level due to the reduced hours of light they received, they were placed on the shelf with the old florescent light.

Phuong said...

Hi Margaret,
Thank you, although I do think the hotter temperatures in the greenhouse makes everything grow faster. It's crazy how quickly florescent lights lose their intensity, but your peppers seedlings look amazing. Hopefully you'll be able to start planting everything outside soon. I have my fingers crossed for tilling at the end of this week.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Wow, I am amazed by all your good looking starts! Here's hoping the weather warms and you can get some things planted. I grew ground cherries a few years back and I believe the one I grew was Aunt Molly's. They did well for me but I don't think I knew what to do with them. I will be watching to see how yours grow and how you use them.

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
I'm going to mainly try cooking with them, although they do seem a bit finicky with having to unwrap all the fruit. Did you enjoy eating them out of hand?