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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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Summer to Winter in 60 Seconds October 11, 2008

Posted by liajo in general.
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One day we are enjoying 80 degrees and sunshine, next day its 40 degrees and rainy.  I know once this cold snap is over we will back up and actually have fall.  But its a shock to go from summer to winter if not in 60 seconds at least over night.  I am very glad I got the zucchini out of the vegetable garden on Thursday afternoon.  I worked to long on Friday to do it after work and it would have been a miserable job today.  I don’t think there is any doubt it is going to freeze tonight.

I went to our local Farmers Market today.  It really is a farm, up the road about three miles from our house.  How cool is that.  They told me that tomorrow will be their last day for the season.  Just one more sign that summer really is over.  My husband thinks we should go back tomorrow.  They have lots of nice peppers.  If you read my last post then you’ll know that my own crop of peppers was almost a complete failure.  We’re thinking of stocking up on peppers from the farmers market and roasting them to enjoy later this winter.

Freeze in the forecast October 9, 2008

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We have a freeze warning in the forecast and even a chance of snow.  With that in mind I just got done picking the last of the zucchini.  I didn’t want to take any chances.  I had eleven not so small zucchini.  That was kind of a surprise.  They certainly can do a good job of hiding in their foliage.  There are still a lot blooms on the plants.  We’ll just have to see if the freeze happens and if they make it through it. 

With all this zucchini I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.  I’ll make at least one loaf of bread and grade and freeze zucchini for a couple of more loaves.  I’ll also be using the dehydrator.  Drying food is my favorite way of preserving it. 

I knew that the outside gardening season was coming to an end and October 10th is at least average if not a little late in the season.  It just always comes as such a shock to realize that once again summer really is over.