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Winter gardening October 21, 2008

Posted by liajo in Greenhouse Gardening.
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Last weekend we tightened up the greenhouse for winter and I cleared out all the old pepper plants and composted.  This will be the first winter that I actually try planting in the greenhouse.  I have cold weather seeds like carrots, spinach, lettuce and peas and I hope to get them planted in the next week or two.

There are a few things that I haven’t quit worked out yet.  One of them is watering.  I may need to carry it from the house because our out side hoses and faucets can freeze up.  Next is snow.  As excited I am about year round gardening, I not real excited about tramping through the snow to get there.

I also need to make sure it’s not getting to cold.  Besides the tightening I’ll mulch around the entire outside bottom  to keep some of the cold air out.  I’ve also read that if I compost in the greenhouse it will help keep the temperature up.  I put my meat thermometer in the ground today, I’ll check it in the morning to see how cold it is about 7am.

While I don’t believe winter gardening is going to easy I am looking forward to eating a fresh spinach salad that came out of my backyard in Colorado in December.  To cool.

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Fall work October 19, 2008

Posted by liajo in general.
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Just like spring, fall is a whirlwind of work in the gardens.  You have to take advantage of every nice day to get everything done before the gardens are covered in snow.

Today I used leaves to mulch the strawberries.  This was the first summer I planted strawberries in beds.  I’ve had a few of them in containers before and never worried about them surviving the winter.  I’ve read that leaf mulching is one of the best ways to insulate them.

It’s not cold enough outside yet to really effect the carrots, but I dug some of them up anyway.  They also did very nice this year.  

I pulled the last of the pepper plants out of the greenhouse.  While I was cleaning out their bed I ran across a nice size worm.  A sign that any gardener welcomes.  After the cleaning I composted the bed getting it ready for the next planting.  When I was digging in the kitchen compost area I found some very large worms.  At least a couple of them have new homes this afternoon in the greenhouse.

I picked a lot of green tomatos.  They are in the greenhouse, but I didn’t want to take a chance of losing them all.  I did leave some on the plants.  I also pulled out some of the most cold damaged tomato plants.

Tomorrow me and my husband will do some weather proofing on the greenhouse.  With any luck this will be the first winter that I plant in it.  I have some cold weather seeds just waiting to get planted.

Like I said, there is still a lot of work to do in the gardens.