Monday, August 13, 2012

Greenhouse Update

Greenhouse #1. Half jungle, half desert. Or at least that's how it feels. Most of what I planted on one side is stunted, or didn't come up at all.
While the other side has cukes crawling up the post at the back, squash plants out of control, even though I pulled them outside at least three times.  They keep sending out new shoots, and now they're climbing the corn.
The corn, which is at least 8 feet high, bumping it's tops on the roof.

The cukes are producing now, but slowly.  Peppers are still flowering.  I'm not even going to try to get anywhere near those beans.
Greenhouse #2 has flowered in a big way. :)
There are two on this side, and one nearly on the roof on the other side.  There are two sunflowers outside, that are just getting ready to open now as well.  They're not even two feet tall, lol.  I think they like my greenhouse!

Cukes in #2 are doing well as well, there are green tomatoes everywhere, the beets are monstrous, and the carrots are looking good. 

Next year- more dill.  It didn't germinate well.  And more walkways!


  1. Wendy,seeing your comment on my blog today reminded me to visit yours which I hadn't done since your "Another One Bites the Dust" post. My goodness you have been busy and the gardens look fantastic and sound prolific. I remember you planning the greenhouses in the spring. It sounds for the most part that they are flourishing. Well done!

  2. Even with the failures, you have done a marvelous job! I am always impressed.

  3. Don't know if it will work for your dill. I planted some here and let it go to seed. It comes back every year in that same place now. Sometimes it seems like the seeds do better if they over-winter in the ground.

    1. That's worth a shot. Thanks, Mrs. S. I have lots of seed, so I'll pick a spot outside the greenhouse to let it go wild.

  4. Wendy - the greenhouses are doing great! we are throwing up a hoop house over 2 of our existing raised beds in the next while and hoping to keep tomatoes and other warm-weather stuff going until end-October - we'll be using your building guides. and then in September we are going to try to get a proper greeenhouse built out of windows - we will install a heater and whatnot to try and keep it going over the winter. i need to start fall planting in the next week but i have planters burn-out. as for the dill - start it in pots in the house and let it grow super big before planting it outdoors. as for the dill you planted - let some go to seed and collect the seed for planting it in pots. hope this makes sense. much love to you and yours!

    your friend,

    1. Wow, definitely post an update on that! I'd love to be able to heat the greenhouses, even just in the spring to make sure a late frost/freeze doesn't kill everything off, but I didn't think it would be very cost effective. I'd love to know how it works out for you!

      The dill seed is a combination of seed I saved when we lived down south (it grew like crazy there), and another brand I bought this year that's supposed to be hardier. This is the first year that it's made it to a useable state at all (one stalk last year), but not nearly enough for all of the pickles I want to can. I think I have one stalk left. I have started it indoors and had the transplants die, as well as starting it outdoors. I think I'll try fall planting in a pot and let it overwinter in the house, as well as tossing a bunch of seed out in the garden in the fall, to see if it comes up better next spring. And if that fails, ordering more seed and hoping for a hardier batch. It's just so frustrating- when I grew it down south it just went crazy, and here it's one of the most difficult things I've had to deal with. Dill and apple trees. The bane of my existence, lol.