Sunday, May 17, 2009

SPRING, 2009

Early in March, before the daffodils bloomed, we planted the first seeds. It is warm in the greenhouse, about 70 degrees, but extra heat underneath the seeds keeps them at about 85 degrees until they germinate.
The plants are moved from the germination chamber(above)
to a greenhouse table(below) until they grow roots and one set of true leaves.

Our granddaughter Lily visited us for the first time! She liked the bright, warm greenhouse, and seemed interested in all those tiny green plants.

Each plant has been growing in a thimble full of soil called a plug. Next they are planted in a larger cell which will be transplanted to the field.

Now the plants are large, so large that you cannot see the soil or the containers.
The greenhouse is bulging with over 15,000 plants...tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and broccoli, lettuce, herbs and flowers, cucumbers and zucchini.
Despite the beautiful weather, we must get past these cold nights before we plant outside.
We also have a flat tire and are waiting for a mobile tire service.
Until then we are practicing patience.