Greenhouse Update

May 10, 2012 · 6 comments

I keep telling myself that I’m going to write a long-winded post detailing all the goings on in our big greenhouse (because I haven’t really written about it since this post), but it hasn’t happened yet. Until then, I’ll offer some photos with captions. (All links go to archived Wayward Spark posts.)

This is a carrot plant going to flower. The top photo is a carrot in full bloom. Henry is saving this variety for seed.

a loquat bush/tree

almost-ripe meyer lemons

Meyer lemons flush with fruit a couple different times in the course of a year.














 On the left: onions going to flower

On the right: an early tomato plant


The peach trees have a heavy fruit set due to Henry’s efforts hand pollinating them (read more here).














 On the left: an almost-open pomegranate flower

On the right: bolting parsley

Henry let a parsley plant go to seed here last year. Umm…You might say that we are now very well endowed with parsley.

green butter lettuce

red lettuce

endive starting to bolt

radicchio starting to bolt

a mess of lettuce













 On the left: flowering sweet clover

On the right: chard going to flower (like this one)

Henry’s growing out these onions for seed. The chard, we’ll eat.

There are something like 15 pomelos on our one tree. They sure are interesting (and big), but I’m not sure that we really need 15 of them.

The wapato is starting to sprout in Henry’s funky bathtub/water feature.














 Many of the citrus trees are blooming or just finished up blooming. They smell amazing.

some poppies














If everything above looked tidy and well organized, it’s just an illusion. The truth is the greenhouse is a real jungle. It’s a crazy mess of greenery and food crops all mixed up together. I spent a couple hours weeding out the thistles yesterday, so most of what’s left is wanted and encouraged.

I must reiterate, that aside from very occasional weeding and fairly regular harvesting, I can take no credit for what’s growing in the greenhouse or really any gardening at our place. That’s Henry’s thing, and I’m grateful for his efforts.


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Eve Geisler May 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Impressive. We had lots of spinich overwinter along with our rosemary, some arugula and a couple of lettuces.
I think your climate is much milder than ours! Love those meyer lemons. Do you have any figs? We have tried to grow them without success so far.


Camille May 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

We have a few young fig trees that haven’t really started to produce yet. This climate is pretty marginal for growing figs. The trees grow okay, but getting ripe fruit is hit or miss. Sometimes folks get a ton, but more often then not, the trees end up full of unripe fruit when the cold fall weather sets in.


Rachael May 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

your onions are so erotic! your lovely posts are so inspiring! you must stand on good ground! thank you for the wonderful inspiration!


abby May 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

Very impressive. Excites me to see so much happening with so many kinds of plants. We are in the planning stages of a greenhouse (hoop house type). I get sort of giddy when I think about it actually in use.


Cara May 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Wow! You guys are amazing! Have you gotten pomegranates before? And ooh looks like you’ll have peaches aplenty. Hand pollinating was well worth it, huh? All around impressive!


jenn May 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

this is so lovely. you must just want to stroll and nibble through here all the time!


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