I found a ROTEL tomatoes copycat recipe on the Internet, so I gathered up some tomatoes and a variety of chili peppers and canned a batch. I just love this photo, with jalapeno, Black Hungarian, Bell and Iko Iko peppers!
Ah, you gotta love wine jelly ... and this was a special batch!
Two of the gardens are covered for winter beneath several layers of clear and black plastic sheeting (Visqueen).
Here are the bare-root strawberries I purchased and potted Friday. It’s Sunday today (Go Ravens!) and these have been growing about three-quarters of an inch per day.
This weekend, I prepared the greenhouse for the 2013 growing season. I washed everything down with bleach and water, scrubbed the shelves, turned over the pea gravel and connected the thermostatically controlled heater and cooling fans.
The first greenhouse residents this year are the strawberries, started indoors. As I put in a lot of rhubarb for this year, I also need a good strawberry crop to make my wonderful strawberry/rhubarb jam!
Here are the tomato and onion starts near our back window, beneath the grow lights! I have several tables set up – this is the one that gets the best light. The others, near the wood stove, are for seed germination.
Here are the Territorial Seed “Plum Dandy” tomato starts. I have never grown them, but was so excited (as any true gardener!) to see them start poking up out of the soil.
The rhubarb are coming in strong! These are some of the six that I put in last fall. Several people shared rhubarb root with me, which I then divided, planted and shared with others what I could not use. I see pie and jam in my future!
The greenhouse is at 40 percent capacity now and filling up fast! As you know, this gardening website is not the product of a large, commercial nursery – it’s just to show what can be done with minimal space and a bit of effort.