Sunday, August 30, 2015
Mixing one large batch of media in the wheelbarrow is actually easier than mixing a small batch in a tub. My thinking was: as long as I had all of the supplies out, I may just as well mix enough to make it worthwhile.
As I needed at least fifteen 3 gallon nursery containers for the olives, I looked first to eBay rather than driving twenty or more miles to the local greenhouse supplier. I found what I thought was a good deal on eBay, but I should have done some more online shopping, as I found the same nursery containers available from Home Depot. They had to be ordered online and delivered to the local store for pickup, however, the cost was half the cost of the containers on eBay. So, not to pass up a good deal I ordered from Home Depot also. We have a nice deck that we seldom use, so I intend to use the excess containers to grow vegetables on the deck next season.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Today I ordered 20 three gallon nursery containers, most of which I intend to use to repot the olives. It is my intention that this is the largest container that I will use for the trees. Periodically I plan on simply root pruning the trees and adding a small amount of new soil every year to keep the trees container sized.
And, for a little variety, soon I will be adding a few small fig trees to my collection; the question is: where to put them?
Sunday, August 23, 2015
To say the least: this has been a banner year for growing in upstate New York. It has been hot and sunny, with just enough rain to keep the plants growing.
We have already canned several batches of tomatoes, made relish and pickles, loaded the freezer with eggplant parm, and have garlic and onions to use for several weeks. In addition, we have planted green beans in the space where the cucumbers, garlic and onions grew earlier in the season.
Normally, we go to local farms and pick tomatoes in the fall, however, this year that is not going to be necessary. As stated above, we have been canning for weeks, and there are many more tomatoes ripening on the vine, with several weeks remaining in the growing season.
For what we have invested in seeds, sets and gardening supplies, we have been well rewarded with the return on our investments this year.
So, as the growing season heads to its close, I am already starting seeds for indoor gardening, with three varieties of lettuce and either Tropic or Celebrity tomatoes.
As the greenhouse has a lot of space, I plan on trying to force Green Ice, Merlot and Red Salad Bowl lettuce to bolt to seed so I can have fresh seeds for future crops.