Thursday, January 31, 2013

Putting together my seed order, suggestions?

So I don't save many seeds.  Some onion, pepper, garlic, of course, but that's about it.  I find they are more trouble than they are worth.  I live in the heart of PA dutch country with countless seed purchase options.  They are cheap and reliable.

Calling all comments to suggest their favorite varieties.  I love to try new things, but the options sometimes overwhelm me!


Round 1, February:
Celery
Romaine 
Mustard
Spinach 
Collards
Strawberries
Tomatoes 
Peppers

Round 2, March:
Tomatoes (for outside)
            Brandywine 
            Mortgage Lifter
Peppers
            Black Hungarian 
            Corne de Chevre (drying/sauces) 
            Fish Pepper (white leaves)
            California Wonder

Sweet potatoes
Onions
Rhubarb

Round 3, April:
Beets
Radishes
Carrots 
Watermelons
Cucumbers
Cantaloupes
Malabar Spinach

Round 4, May:
Zucchini
            Tatume 
Pumpkins
            Big max
            Neck
            Orange Cushaw 
            Fairytale (Musquee De Provence) 
            Decorative gourds
Potatoes

Round 5 August:
Parsnip
Turnip
Rutabaga
Carrots
Lettuce




Friday, January 25, 2013

Mi invernadero

Noté que mi sitio blog es bastante popular en Google España.  Si hay algunos admiradores de mi trabajo, me pueden escribir en español.  ¡Bienvenidos a Geogrow!

- “Quien cuida el medio ambiente demuestra una gran educación.”

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

More indoor gutter water collection

I am lining the sill with asphalt flashing to protect the wood and collect condensation and rain water that infiltrates through the glazing layers.

This morning, as the sun started to hit the frosty greenhouse, water started dripping into the gutter.  Even more water comes in during heavy rain.  I will be directing the runoff into the thermal pond, and the gutter will serve as an NFT style hydro system.

Update on plants

If you remember, back in late September and early October I planted some seeds and transplanted others into pots:  romaine lettuce, sorrel, beets, onions, parsnips, carrots, and chile peppers. Here is the progress after 3 months of cold weather:

You can immediately see that, although, small, everything is alive and growing. The beet greens are 4-5 inches tall (no bulbs) and the lettuce is slowly bolting. The onions are about 8 inches and the sorrel (lower right) is doing fine

The peppers are still hanging on but are very thin.  All of the mature fruit was there in September.  The parsnips, lower left in green pot, are growing well (these are known for cold hardiness) but have no edible roots yet. The carrots germinated poorly and are growing extremely slowly.  I will continue to search for a variety that is suitable for cold climates.

No freezing with 17 degree low.

Night time lows have dropped into the teens outside, but I still have yet to see any evidence of frost or freezing inside the dome.  I do believe the subterranean heat storage system and the pond are effective in warding off the cold.