Notice that plastic umbrella thingy in the top left corner of the pic? I bought it @ Big Lots in the fall three years ago for a few bucks. Wish I had grabbed a few more as they're handy. Fold up nice. I decided to house my 2 Rhubarb plants in hopes that I'll have a bigger harvest. Besides using Rhubarb in jams & pie fillings there is a BBQ sauce in the BBBC (Big Ball Book of Canning) that I really want to can up.
This is hubby's cold frame an A frame design. He planted Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach which is the green you can see. There is also a few other types in there just starting to sprout. What we're not sure as well we forgot & the seed packet has since gone.This is my latest project my Greenhouse. Originally this started off as a kit from Tractor Supply but after three Winters the plastic cover started to go. Two years ago I tried these corrugated plastic panels which worked out very well. DH was able to use a wooden storm door that was scavenged out of a trash pile. He fashioned a front wall using the panels and placed the door in the center. This time we will also be making a back wall instead of the section of plastic cover. Last Spring we disassembled it until I could work out it's final placement. I am hoping that this is it. Besides replacing the cover I'm painting the frame black, adding that back wall with two vertical windows, & a solar car fan my Mom gifted me. Also hopefully the new fence panel painted white will help with reflecting light back into the green house. As you can see gardening in an urban environment has Sunlight challenges. This pic was taken @ 6:40 in the evening. I've never been able to grow anything in the dead of Winter in it without using an artificial heat source despite housing 5 rabbits in it & two 55 gallon barrels filled with water in a feeble attempt @ passive solar heat gain.
Now that I'm unemployed my new or rather enhanced full time job is creating opportunities to gain or better utilize food. I no longer look @ things in the same way. If it's a spot on my city lot no matter how small I measure the sun light in hours that it receives. If it's a left over I reinvent it adding dinner table vegetable scraps to my bread dough or subbing half the cake flour with home ground whole wheat since that was free. It's hard this providing for our own table. My thoughts are consumed.
- 72 San Marzano Tomato seedlings started few have sprouted.
- 72 Black Beauty Eggplant seedlings started, majority have sprouted.
- 82 Goliath Broccoli seedlings up & running (hey we eat broccoli allot of broccoli!).
- 72 Rhubarb Swiss Chard up & stumbling (who know it was this hard to grow?).
- 24 Turban Squash sprouted (should be interesting finding space to grow this huh?).
- 8 Bloody Butchers Tomato seedlings 7 up & running (awesome heirloom salad tom!).
- 8 Cherokee Purple Tomatoes sprouted (The best tom ever !!!).
- 6 hanging buckets planted with Nasturtiums seeds (salad fixings & bug control).
- 72 Gita green beans planted all developed a fuzz only 2 sprouted.
For the most part I won't be planting carrots, onions, potatoes, or squash since I'm able to glean these items. I didn't glean enough last fall because of my work schedule so our supplies have run either out completely or very low. To tell the truth on the subject of herbs I'm pretty well stocked from last year for the majority of my canning & cooking needs for this year and next. Minus Garlic 'cause you can never have enough garlic.
I do have a few seed packets of carrots that I plan on planting in the front yard in the holes of cinder blocks.
UPC update - I bought 8 five pound bags of white sugar that was a loss leader special before Easter. This is my stash for canning. Opened up the last quart of Pears canned last Summer today for breakfast. Down to 4 quarts of canned Peaches from our two trees. Carrots & potatoes are gone as is the Squash, both fresh & dehydrated. Crushed fruit such as Berries & Cherries over 30 pints canned, are working well for use in yogurt. All pints jam/jelly well stocked except Currant which works great as a sub for cranberry sauce on meats. Salsa which I couldn't keep on the shelf in years past is a slow go this time around. Daughters have also lost their taste for home canned grape juice to the extent that they were drinking in November.
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