The greenhouse season is also starting up and I have been planting seeds for most of a month. I started seeding in the house and putting the seedlings under lights because the greenhouse was still getting too hot on sunny days. But now all of the winter plantings have been moved to the greenhouse. On sunny days the fans have been able to keep it below 100 degrees in there and so far I have been able to not cook the new seedlings. I am including a few pictures but it is hard to get a representative picture of plants that are only two inches tall. There is more seeding to do and a lot of transplanting from the seed starting trays to the tubs. In the past I have started all the seedlings in trays and then transplanted the baby plants into the gutter planters and the tubs. This year I have tried seeding the gutters directly instead of transplanting and so far it seems to be working well. All of our seeds are started on the warm mat and once they have germinated they are moved under lights and new seeds take their places on the mat. Our mat holds four gutters or four trays at a time so it is a good way to spread out the seeding.
The wedding party herbs are all in bigger pots and ready to move into the greenhouse once we run out of summer weather. That is an experiment that I hope to be writing about in blog posts over the winter.
A lot of people rave about the colors of autumn and they are great but equally impressive are the smells of autumn. Transplanting the sage and rosemary was heavenly. Just brush up against them and they share their fragrance. And then to come in the house from outside and smell the apples and spices cooking away in the crock pot making apple butter is great. Of course there are some not so wonderful smells that happen on the farm in the fall too. This time of year the goat buck is a little more stinky and one of the neighboring fields must have a new layer of turkey manure since my yard had that distinctive odor for a couple of days.
|A little fall at the front door.|
|oops, blurry kale|