Showing posts from September, 2011

October At Nitty Gritty Greenhouse

Here are a few pics of what is for sale and going on at the greenhouse this month...

$5 Fall Mums, $4 Ornamental Kale, $3 Winter Walla Walla Onions and so much more...

Deer resistant Wisteria, $8 each or 3/$18
Spring bulbs...plant them now
Pansies, Cilantro, Ornamental Kale, annual and perennial deer resistant planter makings..

Perennials on sale 40-50% off....
But best of all...
Coffee and treats.
See You Soon...Tanja

Autumn Planters

As the weather turned cool, although my summer planters were still blooming away, I was ready for fall hues and new blooms. This is how some of them turned out. 
Rosy Tones - Asters, Kale, Crocosmia, Gaillardia, and Pansies 
Baby Blues - Aster, Nandina, Crucosmia, Kale, and Pansies
Autumnal Fun - Gaillardia Arizona Sun, Rudbeckia Little Gold Star, Cappucino Rudbeckia, Kale, Crocosmia, and Pansies   
Fall Perennial Planter - Kangaroo Paw, Nandina, Sedum, Heuchera, Pheasant Tail Grass
Fiery Tones - Pyracantha, Crocosmia, Nandina, Pheasant Tail Grass, Fall Mum and Pansies
This year is my first time doing up Fall Hanging Baskets and I love them! Definitely more of them in my future. Ornamental Cabbage, Heather, Blue Fescue, Gaillardia, Aster and Pansies  
Last but not least....
Simple But Sweet and...
     Stacked Pots Autumn with Fall Mums, Tickseed, Sage, Crocosmia and Pansies
In a month or two, I will be on to winter tones...

Heirloom Tomatoes 2011

Although we had a rough start to the year with an unusually cool and wet spring, the tomatoes finally seem to have come along. Likely due to this Indian Summer that has pushed temps into the high 20's, giving the tomatoes more time in the sun. Here is a review on some of the varieties of hierlloms I grew this year, and how they fared overall.

Chocolate Stripes
 This is truly one beautiful tomato and one that I will grow again. Is a decent producer, both in the greenhouse and outside. This gorgeous medium sized tomato is quite meaty, perfect for salads and sandwiches, with a slightly tangy taste. So pretty when sliced and laid out as an appetizer with stripes of green and red throughout the fruit.

Jersey Giant
 This paste tomato is huge and blocky, shaped somewhat like a red pepper. Is very meaty with a nice, slightly sweet flavour which makes it super for sauces and salsas. Was only a fair producer this year but will absolutely give it another shot next year due to it's fabulou…