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Thursday, 22 May 2008
Last-minute transplanting
Topic: greenhouse

I'm about to leave for 10 days and it's a late spring.  What to do?  Put my too-big transplants in the garden and hope it doesn't freeze, or leave them in the greenhouse where they'll get too leggy?

I compromise and plant only the biggest ones, Red Sun sunflower, Galego Greens (collards from Spain), kale, vitamin green.  After I left, my husband put in the leeks a friend had given me.  

In the past several years, the weather was warm enough by May 15 to transplant, and plant seeds.  Not this year!  When the birch leaves are opening, that's when it's time. 

Posted by gail_heineman at 11:45 AM YDT
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Monday, 17 September 2007
Emptied the greenhouse bump windows
Topic: greenhouse

I finished cleaning out the bump windows today.  The tomatoes in there produced poorly this year.  There was an aphid invasion from a plant I brought home from Seattle.  The plant, a Danova primrose, survived and bloomed outside, but the aphids weakened the tomatoes.  The Stupice and Sungold lived but all other varieties withered and died.

Luckily the tomatoes outside did ok so I didn't feel too deprived this summer. 

Posted by gail_heineman at 8:21 PM YDT
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Wednesday, 18 April 2007
First plants settled in the bump windows
Topic: greenhouse

These are two single-pane "bump windows", little greenhouse type extensions sticking out of  the wall with single-pane sliding glass doors between the windows and the house. In the winter I close them off with a blanket, but now that it's up to the high 20's and low 30's in the night, I've opened them up and put my oldest seedlings out there. The relative coolness slows down their growth and starts the toughening up process they need to be moved outside eventually. They get a little more light than on the living room floor, despite the inevitable condensation that fogs the glass. Plus, it clears some of them out of the living room where space is at a premium.i?? This photo was taken yesterday, April 18th.

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Posted by gail_heineman at 8:39 AM YDT
Updated: Thursday, 26 April 2007 9:16 PM YDT
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