Monday, 19 November 2012

Garden Ramblings in November

This month is crazy weather month with off and on sunshine..
Light to heavy rain days...
Even a few storms and high winds...


Autumn planters still going strong with the Nandina colouring up nicely in the cooler temps!

Pennisetum rubrum ( purple fountain grass) is a total fall favourite of mine, with it's wispy feathery plumes and fabulous colouring. It is a tender perennial, so might not over winter here... however, I shall soon take it in to the greenhouse and see how it fares under cover.

 
In the potager, though the skies are kinda grey, there are pops of colour... Strawberry beds in fall glory, silvery blue cabbages ....
 
 
A yellowing Big Leaf Maple leaf on the table...  all chippy in Tiffany Blue ...   

Roses in the garden ... this one is a lavender hued mini rose.


In town by the local pharmacy, this long hedgerow of lovely pink roses is completely covered in buds and blooms ....


Stunning!

Osmanthus aka False Holly also thrives in the cooler temps and lots of moisture of a west coast autumn.

 
 
 

Honeoye strawberries ...

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Greenhouse in November

All is quiet in the greenhouse...


I have a few cuttings and seedlings on the go....


The mandarin's are beginning to colour up!
So exciting!


Oh no! My poor Echiveria's were getting waterlogged, finally remembered to bring them into the greenhouse.
They are stunning! So gorgeous!
Thriving in a crumbling hypertufa pot ... my first attempt at hypertufa!
I think the actual project turned out all right ...however, think one is not supposed to move the pot around much (as it is soft and will crumble) nor should one put something that is so fast growing into it!


The Alchemilla mollis aka Lady's Mantle is still blooming in this lovely chartreuse green!


The pretty edited out version of potting bench supplies....


How it really looks!
Yep, dog treats for when Little 'Lilah scares away the deer or doesn't drool on the company :)
Spoons for measuring fertilisers, markers, pens, pruners, knives, pliers... so many tools of the trade that are not particularly pretty, but very necessary.


The Rosemary table....

 
Moving things around ... making room to over winter tender perennials, like Phormiums, Sweet Bay, Rosemary, etc...



Sweet Little 'Lilah, the greenhouse help.... sometimes....

Sweet Peas and Roses


Sweet, tasty garden peas in mid-November. A Little 'Lilah favourite.


Is still flowering, too.... Hmmm, wonder if they will keep producing? What a great and tasty experiment :)


The lavender coloured mini roses have decided to come into bloom now. Thank you!


A bright garden addition.


Sweet heads of lettuce and no fear of bolting!


Strawberries in fall colour...

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Making Some Changes

Under Construction....
 
 
I am making some changes to the look of ' The Nitty Gitty Potager.'
 
 Please bear with my ths month as the look may change daily, with my mood...
till I find the look I like....
 
Please feel free to give feedback, your thoughts and ideas on the new look..
... please be gentle ;)
 
  

 
 

Monday, 5 November 2012

Greenhouse Ramblings November

Here on the west coast, the rainy season has begun...


Rainy season began with a bang, more than 8 inches in the last few weeks....

There is still much yard work, garden clean up, cutting back and mulching going on outdoors..

It rains or drizzles near every day...
But as the temps are still so nice and warm, so is lovely to work outdoors.

Outside In The Nursery....


Much transplanting and potting up of perennials happens at this time of year...
Perennials that have outgrown their pots are moved up into larger ones, and others benefit from new soil so either get topped up or transplanted.

The hardy roses have beautiful foliage in autumn!
 

Roses, trees, and shrubs that have lost most of their leaves are moved into the hoop house for the winter....
Though they can be moved in earlier, the leaves would fall into and around the pots. As they may be harbouring fungal issues or bugs, I prefer to wait till they are nearly foliage free before I pop them into them under cover.
 
If you have plants in pots that you will not have time to plant in the ground, they do not have to go into a hoop house or greenhouse...simply pop them into a shed, under a carport, under the eaves of the house, etc... to prevent root rot. 
 
 
I planted a whole bunch of ground covers around the front of the nursery and greenhouse...
I did not want the hard look of rocks or gravel, but nor do I want grass which need whacking and can get slippery when wet.
Though these guys will take a bit to spread, and may not look like much yet next year...
(I will throw down some more wood chips to keep it clean)
Each year they will get bigger and better...
Am hoping they will look stunning amongst the pavers and bark chips... Very organic and clean looking?   
 
Inside The Greenhouse  
 
 

I had intended to try over-wintering a couple of pepper plants in the greenhouse... but they did not fare well.

The flowers went mouldy and the foliage began to yellow and fall ...
It appears that they require the greenhouse to be kept much warmer and brighter than I keep mine!
(more on greenhouse temps below)

However, I am not too bothered about it, as I have heard they do not produce as much fruit the following year anyway...

Therefore, it seemed like a bit of a 'Why Bother' ..
If the peppers are not happy to be kept over and require fussing to produce less fruit ....
And I tend to grow a ton of great varieties each spring that produce fabulously ...
It just seems kind of pointless to force the issue.

Besides, I grow great peppers!



The Greek Oregano is still blooming happily.
It has literally been in full bloom for most of the year...

I hack it back to a few inches tall every few months and then let it go to bloom again.

As I have oregano growing in the herb bed as well, I let this flower as much as it wants.
It adds colour to the greenhouse... and make me happy :)



My work corner .... 

The seedlings and cuttings tables...The seedlings and cuttings
 
If you are wondering what you should be seeding or starting this time of year... not much. lol!

What I have here...
Cuttings that were taken earlier in the year... mostly geraniums and herbs...
Begonia's were started from seed several weeks ago and are under lights and on heat..

Some cuttings take much longer to root in and therefore are in the plastic bag covered pots to stay moist.



Nothing fancy about this storage!
In the green bin, I have gladioli bulbs for next year, and the metal bowl holds the dahlias...

Most of the Dahlia's were left in the ground, but I decided to lift some...

The little mandarins are doing really well... lots of good sized fruit on the tree.



I also have cute little lemons on the way...




Aren't they adorable? So thrilled!

 
Eureka Lemons

When I purchased these tropical fruit trees, I was told that they would overwinter in my greenhouse just fine ... at the temp of 10 C! Yikes!

Generally, I keep the greenhouse between 5 and 7 degrees throughout the winter... 

Is then warm enough to house the tender perennials... like New Zealand Flax ( Phormiums), Sweet Bay Laurel, Rosemary ...

Is also warm enough to over winter summer blooming annuals ... pelargoniums, fuchsia's, ivies ...

Most importantly though, if we were to get a heavy snowfall, is warm enough to melt the snow load off of the roof, so that no damage occurs to the greenhouse.

If you have an unheated structure, make sure you design it so that the snow will slide off the roof top, or it may collapse under the weight.

Therefore, fingers crossed that 5 to 7 degrees C also proves to be warm enough for these fabulous fruit trees to keep their fruit and fare well!


This lime tree has the best smelling foliage ever!
It is not yet producing fruit, though is flowering!
As we have no bees at this time of year, I will try hand pollination, and see how it goes... 


Is a nice, sunny day....
I am outside catching up on chores ... and some Vitamin D
While Little ' Lilah hangs out in the greenhouse, just chillin'...
 


Thursday, 1 November 2012

Thanks, eh!


Sending out big thanks to all of you who read The Nitty Gritty Potager!

Over 4000 reads! Wahoo!

Yes, I know, that's not exactly viral, lol... but am so happy that you all want to hear about things that go on in the potager from month to month.... tomato issues, how to plant your garlic, or potatoes, stringing up your cukes, etc...

Hoping that those of you, who are new to greenhouse gardening are finding bits of information useful and helpful in your situation, whether you live in a gardening Zone 7, as I do, or not.  

Thanks for sharing, caring and being interested in how to grow organically and sustainably, for loving heirlooms, and traditional old fashioned kitchen gardening.

No idea why you all don't 'Follow" this blog... as I tend to follow any and all kinds of blogs ... at the drop of a hat, lol ... they write one article that interests me, and I become a follower ..  Hey, does that make me easy? ; )

Totally grateful and blessed that you are reading my blog. Thank you! 


Delilah at her favourite drinking bowl, the little marsh at the front of the property...