The first thing we did was scrub the greenhouse from top to bottom. Not a single thing was left in there but a naked tomato bed. As the season went on, it was an obvious success! Now we'll not do anything else. Here is how we manage the GH... fairly bug free:
1. Plant the tomatoes and let them grow big enough to be tied up,
2. Use soft twine to tie at the bottom of the plant,
winding the twine around the plant as it grows.
3. Pinch or cut out all sucker stems
that grow between the main stalk and the leaves.
4. As the plant grows, snip off alllll the older and lower leaves,
until what you end up with is a tall plant (up to about 10ft)
with no leaves except for the top 4-5 sets at the top.
5. Under plant with herbs that deter bugs...
the ones I use are spearmint, thyme, basil and Italian Flatleaf Parsley
Doing these things give us:
1. good air flow
2. Nothing much for the bugs to live on
3. Healthy plants loaded all the way up with tomatoes!
Last year I had only 4 plants in the GH...
but got 527 tomatoes from those plants. (:
You can see the new little tomatoes growing!
We are all waiting IMPATIENTLY to have home grown tomatoes again!
Here is the biggest one!
Elsewhere in the greenhouse...
... and outside the greenhouse...
Thyme, Flags, Valerian, Sweet Violets
Bottlebrush plant... don't they look happy?
Volunteers... potatoes and ?
(not sure whether its squash or pumpkin)
A newly planted Lime tree... a gift from Hubby
(he makes a killer salsa, and must have limes)
Walnut trees are just now leafing out
And another trial idea...
that has turned into a keeper remedy for keeping bugs and snails at bay...
Field Fabric on the potatoes and corn... for now.
I know... not real pretty, but look what's underneath!
PERFECT plants! (:
And a few pretty pictures...
A lovely visitor
And the only place in my garden to sit... where there are no edible plants!
Actually, I take that back... you can see right behind the bench,
scented edible geraniums, and thyme in a tub.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend~