Monday, August 31, 2009

Fall Greenhouse Plantings....






OMG this feels sooo awesome! I got my seeder out and seeded some trays of lettuce and asian greens!!!! YEAH!!! It is surreal to be working in the middle greenhouse traditionally used for early spring seeding. August used to show nothing but hotter than hell, very weedy greenhouses at Sosnicki Organics. No more. We are putting them to work year round from now on!! We've been trying our hardest to maintain them and with all the overcast and rain and cool temps this year - we've been able to work under that glass with ease this season. We are working away with our small planting of tomatoes in house #3. Pictures #1, #2, #3 & #4 have all been taken in our 3rd greenhouse. The back part of the house is completely empty - hence where all our lettuce and asian green transplants will call home in a while. (This WOULD have been full of tomatoes IF I would have known all my fields were to DIE this year!!) We hope to offer these crops to the market after fall frost when fresh greens are scarce and missed by all, so I'll still be able to reap a few rewards before years end.. The last pic is of greenhouse #2. The entire house wears a ground cover and tables and is used for seedlings and plants. We will probably be taking apart the back half, tilling and ammending the soil to make room for more 'covered field' plantings! Greenhouse #1 still needs alot of attention, but will act as a covered field as well within the next year. The heirloom tomatoes in house #3 are thriving EVEN despite the fact we encountered a bit of blight and bugs in there too!!! Any piece of broken glass that allowed a trickle of water to fall on a small section of plants constantly this season were riddled with blight like the field fellows!! The others protected from overhead moisture have been fine. I included this picture of Ben suckering a few plants - they are very, very tall now and are draping over the top bar! I needed a step ladder to pic a few cherry tomatoes yesterday! I love it!! More to come, as our greenhouses are assets we intend to use to their full capacity from now on....