Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Succession Planting

Most of the greenhouse is currently devoted to waiting. There are a few things on the propagation mat, but I don't want to get too far ahead of my self. Last frost is mid May, and that is a ways away. The greenhouse bed is currently home to some spring greens for our personal use. I only plant enough for a week (about 16 feet of lettuce mix, 16 feet of spicy greens, a few radishes, and some spinach). The next week I do it again. On Thursday, the 12th, I'll plant the last succession in the greenhouse. Those three blocks will hold us until the temps outside are conducive for greens production. Here's what it looks like.


The greenhouse bed

First Succession Planted Feb 26th

Second Succession Planted March 5th

Planting three blocks like this gives each block about 2 weeks to regrow before we harvest from it again. That should keep us in young fresh salad and cooking greens until the first week in May. At that time the big blocks outside will be in full production. Next week I am hanging my grow pipes to put in more greens that we will let grow to full size. Some of these will go to the market, and we will use some. More green house posts to come as the bench fills up, the herbs fill in, and I try to get a jump on the warm weather crops.

2 comments:

Mike (tfb) said...

That all looks great! I'm REALLY missing our little greenhouse, but it won't be up until early or mid-April, depending on the weather. You're on about the same clock I am, with last frost in mid-May, so I'm looking at your greenhouse pics going, that could be me, too! :)

Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

I like your setup- don't know how I managed to miss your very informative blog! I wish my greenhouse was large enough to have beds- the next one will, but for now I start things in the greenhouse or house, and move the early stuff to my cold frame or chenille/low tunnels.

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