|New potting bench. Thank you Allan.|
|The whole bottom shelf was piled with pots and stuff.|
ps...look at the lettuce bed on right.
|These are the pale tomatoes just moved into small pots today.|
|These tomatoes were potted one week ago. They |
are about twice the size and just beautiful.
|Another shot of lovely tomatoes...I can't help myself.|
Then I started moving all of the junk that was piled on the lower shelf in the greenhouse. Pots, dishes, spray bottles and on and on. As the top shelf is slotted, the water poured from the top shelf onto the bottom. That made the dishes and everything very water marked and dirty. I had to wash everything. Then lay it in the sun to dry. It took all day. I can't believe how much room that created in the greenhouse. I was able to move some plants to the lower shelf. It is amazing. The shed doesn't look any fuller either. It all just fits. Really got to use my new potting bench for the first time. It was a fantastic gardening experience.
|This lettuce bed is 12 x 3'. The lettuce is about a foot tall. Those are two gallon|
pots that the peppers are in.
|Beginning of Hugelkultur bed.|
I was 100% committed to getting the currants in the ground today. Didn't happen. Although by putting them in the blueberry row, they at least look neat.
***Special note one day after the above post: I do everything with my bare hands. Often after gardening my hands sting. Like little slivers and the nerves feel really irritated. I chalked it up to the gloves, the peat moss in the soil mix, etc....couldn't really figure it out. Today I did some more potting up and my hands were much sorer and redder than yesterday. They were SO dry again that they hurt. I feel kind of silly. I think I figured it out. I make my own organic fertilizer. It contains lime. Lime burns skin. I'm betting that if I wear rubber gloves when handling it...
***Another special note. The lime was irritating my skin, but what was causing me the most discomfort was the little tiny soft pointy things on the tomatoes. They don't bother everyone, but to me they feel like stinging nettles. Awful. Another reason to wear gloves!
and a really good barrier cream, with hand cream when you go to bed?
Your potting table is wonderful! You must be thrilled. Love the words across the top.
As for your tomato plants...my goodness they are so fine..so fine...healthy and robust.
Lettuce...we are down by the head with salad greens also, but you know, folks like what they buy at the grocery store sometimes, and we don't grow that kind. So it is only a few neighbours who appreciate many of our greens.
Great garden blog update Erin. Sorry about your hands..but I know a great "Crystal Aromatherapy Cream" from Salt Spring Island that will work wonders. ;-)
Hi Diana and Brenda...thanks for the tips.
Brenda, who makes the crystal cream? I must admit that last year I found the lettuce way too strong tasting. I did get used to it. I now know that it was because I was used to the supermarket varieties which are meant to appeal to people who don't grow their own food. Just as you say!! Thank you for the kind comments about my tomatoes. Aren't they incredible. I'm so proud.
Your greenhouse is glorious! Everything looks beautiful, and your hard work really shines through :)
Thank you Jaime. I follow your amazing blog too. It is nice to know that the work is appreciated. :-)
Cream address is:
Thank you Brenda. I'll get some for the store. Do you have it locally or do you have to order it?
Hello .09 my fig buddy. Thank you do much. I have been super busy with three new raised beds / Hugelkultur beds. I have taken pictures and will do a post ASAP. It has been AWESOME.
What a fabulous work bench!! And how beautifully organised your green house is! Wow!!
Thank you so much Christine. It has been a hellish amount of work, but all in a good way. I am sunburnt, exhausted, but so content. Picture of progress to follow.
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