Sunday 16 November 2014

Clearing out the greenhouse

Cleared out the tomatoes from the greenhouse today. It was wet, murky and foggy all day so this was a job in the dry. I picked a kilo of green and slightly pink tomatoes to keep on the kitchen window-sill and these may last till Christmas. I find tomatoes keep better and are much tastier stored out of the fridge.

I weeded (lots of small stinging nettles) and dug over the bed in the greenhouse and used the soil from there to partly fill two large tubs ready for potatoes. I planted 4 Santes which do very well in pots and will sort out some Colleens for the other one. The Colleens in store in the garage are already sprouting with the warm Autumn weather.

The tubs will stay in the greenhouse over winter, though they'll need a bit of insulation if the temperature drops below freezing. It provides us with a few potatoes in the Spring well before the ones in the garden are ready.

When it stops raining I'll get a couple of barrows from the compost heap to replace the soil in the greenhouse beds and think about growing something there over winter. It would have to be a frost-resistant crop -  maybe a winter lettuce mix or pak choi. I'll need a visit to the seed shop.

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