Daily Archives: April 3, 2014

Setting up the tables and grow light!

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That is corn, bell peppers, borlotti beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, celery and tomatoes. This took us two days to complete. Every year we say next year we will build warm boxes and now we are talking about a poly tunnel instead or even building a larger green house in a more sunny place. I hope that we decide on something one way or another. It always seems that my kitchen table and our window sill gets covered with seedlings.

One alternative for next year is that I could plant all of it in my green house and then transplant it into our garden. That was our original plan, when we built the green house. Everything that is on the table would fit in the green house. Then I would plant my tomatoes and bell peppers in it after we transplant the seedlings. I think next year we should finally be organized enough to try that. We should wait and see how it works, before we build a poly tunnel or a second green house. Less is sometimes more. That is why I want to try the french gardening system to increase productivity without further expanding our garden with new beds.  Our garden is a work in progress.

We bought strawberries last year late in the season. I planted them under the tomatoes in the green house, because of lack of space in the veggie patch. We had already planted our crop for the season,when we bought them. We had asked a neighbor for strawberry shoots from his patch. Spanish killer snails invaded his garden and decimated it. He didn’t want to infect our garden by giving us anything out of his garden.

When we found some strawberries late in the season on sale, we snatched them up. We actually ate strawberries last summer from our plants. I figure it was because they were in the green house.  I have not transplanted the strawberries that are in the green house. We are still learning what is the best way to arrange our veggie patch. It’s trial and error. We are getting better, because we have a grow light for the first time. Everything is on these two tables and all my window sills were left untouched.

 

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