Monday, May 9, 2011

Getting crowded

It is just about
time to set some plants in the soil garden and I am thinking this coming weekend is when it will happen. The probability of frost for this area after May 15th is only about ten percent, and I will check the long range forecast for five days and decide to plant, or not to plant. Planting can not come too soon as the greenhouse is getting crowded and I am starting to get frustrated when attempting to get at plants to attend to them.

The tomatoes and cucumbers along both sides of the greenhouse have been attached to their overhead supports using vine clips and twine. They will be grown to completion in the greenhouse. The peppers, on the large green container in the upper right, and all of the plants in flats are destined for the soil and annual garden. Actually, I have been removing flower buds from the peppers for a few weeks, but now it is time to let them do their thing.

In a book on greenhouse growing that I recently read the author stated that only a tiny fraction of home greenhouse owners actually grow in the greenhouse. They use them for starting seeds and then bring plants in at the end of the season to extend the season. We know one other family in the area that has a greenhouse and that is what they do also. I just can not imagine having a greenhouse and only using it a few weeks a season. Well, to each his own I guess.


garverm said...

Beautiful greenhouse..., how do you manage summer heat when growing to completion inside your greenhouse?

admin said...

Thanks for the compliment. I control the heat by applying a 45% shade cloth when the sun is directly overhead on hot days and run the ventilation fan at high speed. Also, I mist the floor and pea gravel so that evaporation cools the greenhouse.

admin said...

I should have added that the shade cloth was applied when the photo was taken. If you look closely at the right side you can just see the border of the cloth.

Brendan said...

Whats the functionality of the vertical wood posts?

admin said...

If you look at the right side of the photo you can see that the posts are connected by a 5/8" wooden dowel. The twine supporting the tomatoes is attached to the dowel, which of course is supported by the posts. Each tomato plant can hold up to fifteen pounds of fruit, and if the frame of the greenhouse was used to support all of that weight it would bend the frame. The posts transfer the weight downward to the floor with no stress being applied to the frame.