Category Archives: Greenhouse

e Replacement Shipment

I am not very pleased with the plants that I purchased from Burgess ( last spring, 2015.  The shipment was several months late.  When the plants finally arrived, they were in poor condition and past prime spring planting time.  Most of them died, so I took Burgess up on their replacement warranty.  This is the replacement order they sent.  The fir trees you see are Colorado Blue Spruce.  The 3 Spruce in the original order were DOA on arrival, as was much of the shipment.  These Read more [...]

This Season’s Tomato & Pepper Seedlings

The Tomato and Pepper seedlings are coming along very well. I started the tomatoes and peppers in small seed starting plug trays - with between 72 and 128 cells in each flat. This works very well. I put at least 2 seeds in each hole, sometimes more if I think the pepper seeds won't germinate well. I had almost full pepper germination! I have a hard time just pinching off the extra seedling, so I end up pulling the plug out, separating the roots and replanting them in recycled plastic plant holders. Read more [...]

White Flies – Minuscule Bug, Massive Damage

This past season I was plagued by White Flies, a new problem for me, especially in the greenhouse. The vicious end result of an explosion of white flies is the death of the plant.  The tiny, barely visible pests secrete a sticky substance called honeydew.  This honeydew causes fungus to grow on it and creates a black coating on the affected plant leaves.  This plant is a baby osage orange tree.  (The flies seem to especially like osage orange trees.)  Before you know what is happening, the Read more [...]

Squash Bugs – Nymphs and Their Damage

These pics are from a month ago, before the plants died off.  I have since gone on a malathion rampage to wipe out as many squash bugs as possible before they hide for the winter.  I do this every fall.  And it worked - I see very few squash bugs.  In a new post I will show what my replanted squash plants look like now - they are jumbo and beautiful with narry a squash bug.  The very few that I have seen, I can squash with a gloved hand. Here, I have circled 2 nymphs and a light spot on the Read more [...]

Brassica Seedlings

Time to get the broccoli and cabbages started and in the ground.  This is usually a difficult thing for me because it is usually so hot until about the end of September and then it can cool down quickly and I just have a hard time trying to get cole crops started when it is so hot.  This is just something that I have to work on, having the discipline to start seedlings when the charts say to. Today I started planting the largest of my cabbage seedlings.  A few days ago I started planting broccoli Read more [...]

Late Season Bean Planting

After trying to get over the failure of my spring garden, probably due to Dow Agriscience's poison aminopyralid, I have decided to replant some quick growers for the second half of our growing season here in Texas.  This bed is scheduled to have broccoli, cabbage and greens this fall.  However, since these crops won't be planted for at least 6 to 8 weeks, I am going to try to get a quick crop of beans. So far, the beans look OK.  I think that maybe most of the poison aminopyralid may have degraded Read more [...]

Sprouting Honeysuckle

We cut down some little trees that had honeysuckle growing on them.  I decided to try to sprout the honeysuckle.  Some parts of the vines were woody and some parts were soft and green.  I sliced the vines into 6 to 8 inch sections, dipped them into rooting hormone and placed them into a deep starter tray with regular potting soil.  A bit over half of the cuttings look like they made it.  Neither of the woody pieces rooted. And the roots: I think that I'll wait until next spring to plant Read more [...]

Lavender Seedlings

I love to start plants from both seeds and cuttings.  While I have a large lavender plant to take cuttings from when I try to root them, I also have started many lavender seeds.  (Most of them died because at the time I couldn't keep the seedlings moist).  This nifty, roomy 6 place tray is from the recycle shelf at a big box store - I have gotten quite a few nice trays and pots from the recycle center - recycled them right into my green house!!.  Note that this potting container is sitting in Read more [...]

Cactus On The Porch – Waiting For The Greenhouse

My baby cactus patiently waiting on the porch for the arrival of the greenhouse. Many of the little cactus were started from seed.  It ain't easy, but some of the seeds do survive and grow.  Most of the tiny cactus are started from cuttings and pieces of larger cactus.  These guys can't take all day full sun.  Where they are now, they get late afternoon soon.  They seem to be OK with that. Read more [...]

Under the Hoops

This is the first winter that I have had a covered hoop garden.  A few posts ago, you can see the garden beds with the hoops in place.  The hoops are 10' under ground gray conduit.  About a dollar and a half each, not bad. They are secured into the ground with a 2' section of 3/8" rebar, cut to 2' sections and pounded half way into the ground. The tent is a 24' section of thicker plastic from Lowes.  It was a 100' roll that cost $40 something.  I cut it into 4 sections, allowing about 4' to Read more [...]