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June 26, 2009

Spring Gardening in the Greenhouse

So lets go in the Greenhouse..

I began my work with laying out all my growing pots and place the seeds packets in them.   I use all kinds of different types of starting pots.P5130021

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Next I fill the  pot with #1 sunshine mix after it has been wetted well.  I have a work bench I use while filling the pot and planting seeds. P5140028  

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I save most my flowers seeds each year and plant my own annuals and hanging baskets.  This year due to working on our fencing I did not get very many started .    

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  When I am ready to fill the bigger pots that I transplant to grow stuff in I mix my soil with compost, cow manure, chicken manure and all left over soil from last years pots then add about 3 inches #1 sunshine mix to the top.  I do my mixing just outside the greenhouse area.  I like to make sure the mix is very wet also.

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Next I cover the growing flats with plastic to heat them faster and hold the moisture longer.  Care has to be taken not to heat them to much and kill the seeds or later the seedling when they came up.  During my work in the greenhouse I always have a beautiful view over our fields, creek and sometimes wildlife. 

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Soon life begins, but the work is only half done.  Many have to be transplanted to bigger pots, containers or the garden. 

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Here are my final plants to be grown in the greenhouse for the summer.  I have varieties of winter squash and many types of tomatoes.

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I also grow egg plant, summer squash and many different peppers.

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This is a very special pepper that is blooming already and has a pepper started.  Last winter when all my plants in the greenhouse died one night when we didn’t start the stove.  There was one pepper plant that was still alive.  I just left the plant in the greenhouse over the winter by itself and with no other heat but the sun.  What a miracle when we return from the south to find the plant still alive.  All that was left was a green stem.  So I cut it back a bit and added some organic fertilizer to it and it start growing again.  What a treat as I will be getting peppers from it months before my new plants start producing.  You can be sure I will save the seeds from this plant as it has harden it self already.  There is actually another on in the same pot that is much smaller.

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We have a new guardian in the greenhouse.  Some friends had an old stuffed eagle they were going to throw out.  It looked terrible and torn a bit.  My husband brought it home.  He shampooed and blew dried it.  So now no mice would have chance in there.  Well we don’t have mice but he watches that none get thru the door when I have it opened while working outside.

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Hope you enjoyed my planting of seeds in the Greenhouse.   I will keep you posted on how things are growing in the greenhouse.

Big Sigh….Its been hard work for 2 months now its nice to take the time to get another blog out.  What I do has so much more meaning when I can share a part of my life that helps me stay connected with our earth and nature.  God has blessed me with beauty with beauty all around.  Its hard to feel or see sometimes when I get down, too tired or just get overwhelmed with all the work that has to be done here.  But when I feel a break and the flowers start to bloom and walk in the yard I can’t help but be lifted in spirit and thank the lord for enabling my husband and I to have worked so hard over the years to have created a paradise of our own. 

Wishing everyone those moments when God gives you glimpses to makes you want to keep hanging in there.

So to Everyone

Good Morning…   Good Afternoon…   Good Night…

Whatever it is to you…

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Here I Am/Carrie

1 comment:

Rocket Man said...

I thought I was having a bout of deja vu and then I realized I had read this post on WLS last year. I still enjoyed re-reading the post!