Friday, December 21, 2012

State of the Greenhouse Address

The State of the Greenhouse is?... better than our economy...and the war on bugs is over for now.  Everything is still alive (some just barely).  Still getting chard, spinach, tomatoes, jalapenos and an egg from my hens every 2 days.  I have a monster basil plant still thriving.  As soon as I get Ben situated, most attention should shift to the greenhouse.  I got weeding and lots shuffling and planting to do for the winter...and spring in the desert is just around the corner now.

Trimmed out the west soffit this afternoon.  46,63,29,0,B,0 


JohnnyM said...

Thanks for sharing. My spinach ? Answered. I still have cabbage, Swiss Chard & kale even with snow on the ground.

frakier said...

Newspaper wrap or brown bag some of your green tomatoes and put in a cool dark place. Ever so often [once a week] check them [brown paper bags makes that job easier]and you will find a ripe one. Well after the plant has quit producing you will be finding nice little surprises. My tomatoes quit producing two month ago and I just pulled out a beautiful cherokee purple for supper last night.

frakier said...

Forgot to say be sure and wrap them individually, that way if one goes bad it does not take more with it.

Jay said...

Thanks for the update.

Seems that the ultimate solution to pest control in the green house is for the chickens to eat the insects. The tricky part is keeping them from eating too much produce.

It's certainly looking a lot more "alive" in there than the last time you posted photos. Not bad for the first day of winter.

Nice to see you taking advantage of the space on top of the containers to create a botanical waterfall.

Another question if you feel like getting around to it, what is the greenhouse weather report? How cold does the greenhouse get at night in the winter?

Thanks again.

Keep up the great work.

rj said...
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rj said...

I am also interested in the greenhouse weather. It would be nice to have a realtime temperature and humidity sensor.

I use WeatherDirect which comes with a wireless sensor and a small low power router gateway. It has "inside and outside" temps and an inside humidity sensor.

Here in Central Texas, I need heat in the greenhouse to ensure some plants don't freeze. However, heat is generally only needed a few nights of the winter, with a few continuous days worse case ever five years or so. The above system provides email and text alerts in addition to downloadable spreadsheet data.

RE said...

Runner duck will eat the bugs and not the produce and give eggs.

bob r said...

name that a fence stretcher

Allen Hare said...

The courtyard looks pretty lush. Nice work on maintaining all those plants.

Barn progress is looking great.