Saturday, March 25, 2017

What's New For Spring

Tiny Greenhouse

What's New For Spring


Spring has sprung and seems to have gone...

A little late to the game, but we ordered a greenhouse and received it this last week.  Our little greenhouse (7w x 7t x 12d) was set up very easily and vented in preparation for the summer heat.  We now will move on to getting a device to monitor the heat and humidity and put it on our home system for some automated features.  Mr. Man is managing the electronics that will allow this to be a bit hands free.

As the summer continues, we may hike up the sides to the side rails and drop a shade cloth on top.  This area is the coolest area in the summer, protected from winds.  This will be a great place to start some seedlings and get them out of the house (along with the plant gnats).


Unknown shallot types

It's Allium In The Family


We have several allium members growing and self-seeding.  These are no maintenance plants as far as I'm concerned.  We purchased some shallots a while back and I cannot remember what type they were. May have been a mixed lot. Here they are, growing like crazy.  We'll need to divide them up after the leaves die off.

Hardneck garlic
We also have some unknown hardneck garlic types. They seem to have wildly shaped leaves and if I remember correctly the garlic scapes had quite a bit of heat to them.  We didn't eat many of those.

And finally, we have some chives. I don't remember if these are
Chives
just plain chives or the garlic chives.  We've seeded both types in this pot and I don't know which ones are growing.

These are great grass type plants to keep around. They have very interesting flowers that are popular with all types of bees.

Lonicera japonica
Honeysuckle

Ready For Take Off


Our Japanese Honeysuckle seems to be well established and poised for a major take-off. This plant is known to grow to 30 feet and are vigorous growers. We are hoping to have a flourish of growth and flowers to keep our bees happy and hopefully expand to the new hive.

This variety of honeysuckle is edible,  purported to have great effect at fighting flu when made as tea, and is the common flower and fruit producer many people ate as children.


Wrap Up


There isn't a whole lot going on in the garden right now, but it's growing well enough. We've been focused mostly on the interior for a while. Not the exterior so much. We should be getting back in the swing of things here pretty soon.