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.
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.