We were surprised this year by an early frost in October so I scrambled to load up my greenhouse. I have left the greenhouse idle for months since nothing would grow in the heat. I think the benefit to that is I’ll bet the pests are gone! I sprayed my organic remedies starting on day one and will continue to spray weekly to keep nasty pests like spider mites, leaf miners, and annoying gnats under control. I already see a lizard living in there so I am careful to avoid disturbing it when taking care of my greenhouse.
The extra shade cloth on the end of my greenhouse is for my fiddle leaf figs to give them extra protection from the sun. I have a video on how I managed to buy a small pot with four fiddle leaf fig trees and managed to divide them into 4 separate pots. So far they are doing very well.
We had a planting delay last week into the weekend with cold weather. I had to put all my tender plants into the greenhouse. I also put my blooming Amaryllis Pink Surprise and Alaska inside so the blooms would stay pretty.
In this video, I am selecting which giant watermelon seedlings I’m going to plant as soon as it gets warm again. In the meantime, I have been amending the soil and preparing the planting holes.
We have a new Ohuhu 7x7x12 greenhouse and plan to customize it with a workbench and raised beds. Since it is so hot here during summer, I will have to apply a shade cloth and use a fan to keep the temperature regulated. I can’t wait to grow cucumbers and squash without the cucumber beetles destroying my vines!
I finally got my first clematis bloom from H.F. Young and like it very much! It had a slow start growing very little during the first year. I planted the spindly-looking vine on the back trellis last fall. This year it climbed a few feet on the trellis and bloomed. I was stunned by Pink Surprise Amaryllis. The blossom is big and tall, commanding attention. It also has a monstrous bulb making this Amaryllis remarkable.
This year I am trying Swamp Milkweed or Butterfly Milkweed. The scientific name is Asclepias incarnata. They are small seedlings right now but I will update those later. Hopefully, it will be covered in clusters of pink flowers this summer. This one is supposed to be less invasive than the Showy Milkweed. I am hoping to help out some butterflies this year.