January 19 – Planted potatoes in pots in the greenhouse as an experiment—4 pots of Burbank Russet and 4 pots of Yukon Gem. I had been pre-sprouting them in paper bags in the house since early December. I saved some of the seed potatoes for planting outside later.
January 20, 21 – Sam sprayed the orchard trees with dormant oil. I released another load of ladybugs into the greenhouse.
January 22 – Sam and I moved the small English walnut tree to a new location at the orchard. We put it near the smaller jujube where a small apple used to be because there is more room there and water to the spot. I sprayed the fruit trees at the house with dormant oil.
January 25 – I trimmed all of the lower leaves off of the Brussels sprouts plants in the greenhouse to encourage growth of the sprouts themselves.
February 6 – I planted a new crop of lettuce seeds in a Speedling flat in the greenhouse.
December 5 – Transplanted spinach seedlings into greenhouse bed. Put more seed potatoes (Organic Yukon Gem) into paper bag with bananas to presprout.
December 16 – Today Sam transplanted his lettuce seedlings into the south bed. The broccoli is starting to get heads.
December 17 – Sam and I harvested 2 large grocery bags full of Swiss chard and salad greens to donate to the Verde Valley Senior Center in Cottonwood. The Senior Center serves daily meals Monday through Friday as well as Meals on Wheels. They are always seeking food donations and were very grateful for our fresh produce, particularly now, as the Holidays are extremely busy for them. We plan to continue donating to them when we have extra vegetables.
November 2 The lettuce seeds in the Speedling Flat are germinating already! Many are coming up.
November 4 Today I harvested all of the remaining quinces at the orchard. Most of them were huge!
November 7 – I tilled the outdoor garden today and also tilled the main planting bed in the greenhouse again to mix in the manure.
November 8 – I planted yellow and red onion sets today in the outdoor garden—7 rows total.
November 22—Began harvesting lettuce, kale, and spicy greens from the greenhouse.
November 23—Transplanted the lettuce seedlings from the Speedling flat into the garden bed in the greenhouse.
November 24,25 – Planted in the outdoor bed: one pound of Purple Glazer garlic and 3 pounds of California Late White garlic. Put the seed potatoes in paper bags with apples and bananas to pre-sprout. Varieties are Burbank Russet Organic and Organic Rose Finn Fingerling.
The month of June is almost over, and I’ve been hard at work in the greenhouse!
June 7 – Today I transplanted the cucumber and cantaloupe seedlings, putting all of the cucumbers in the outdoor garden and as well as two of the cantaloupe seedlings. One of the cantaloupe seedlings went in the main bed in the greenhouse. The outdoor garden and greenhouse plants are growing nicely. The orchard is also looking healthy at this point. In fact, we started picking apricots today—both Sweetheart and Blenheim Royal. Very delicious!!
June 14 – Picked lots of beets and some carrots in the greenhouse. The beets had gotten pretty big. The carrots were medium size.
June 15 – Today was harvest day for the nectarines from the tree behind the greenhouse. I picked 3 plastic grocery bags full as well as a bag of Sweetheart apricots from the orchard.
June 18 – Today I picked the first eggplant from the greenhouse – “Hansel” variety.
June 22 – I harvested the first zucchini and yellow summer squash from the outside garden as well as the Santa Rosa plums from the tree behind the greenhouse.
June 24 – First harvest of green beans from the outside garden and first “Stupice” tomato from the greenhouse.
Here are some before photos of the green house in late winter/early spring:
Today was the first planting in the greenhouse at our new home in Clarkdale, AZ. The greenhouse has a large raised bed growing area in it that contains fairly decent soil. I hoed and raked the soil to prepare for planting. I removed most of a large stand of existing parsley to free up some more planting space leaving 4 existing plants. I planted onion plants given to us the day before by neighbor Ida and planted the following seeds in the bed: “Black-Seeded Simpson” lettuce, “Gourmet Blend” lettuce mix, “French Breakfast” radishes, “Bloomsdale Long-Standing” spinach, “Chatenay” carrots, “Super-snappy” peas, “Detroit Dark Red” beets.
I also planted the following seeds in a Speedling seed-starting flat for later transplant: “California Wonder” peppers, “Carnival Blend” pepper mix, “Red Brandywine” tomatoes, “Roma” tomatoes, “Super Sweet 100” tomatoes, and “Super Beef” tomatoes. I also planted the following tomato plants that I purchased at Home Depot in self-watering containers: “Better Bush,” “Heat Wave,” “Cherokee Purple,” “San Marzano,” “Better Boy,” and “Celebrity.” I also planted 5 “Celebrity” tomato plants in the bed. I watered everything thoroughly and doused everything with “Great Big Plants” liquid compost. Lastly I added the first level of cages to the self-watering containers.