is about growing matters, focusing on my greenhouse and potager. I grow mainly vegetables, herbs and spices but flowers have their given place too. From seed to table, this is the nursery for my living food, we cook a lot of delicious food and I say a potager is the cook’s best friend. The greenhouse makes it possible to grow essential, colourful, warmth loving fruit and vegetables even in this climate such as tomatoes and chillies. My main blog is Tyras Trädgård/Tyra's Garden. View my profile
This post 'Two Sweet Bell Peppers' was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallsénius Lindhe in the blog The Greenhouse...
September is the harvest month for all my chilies, the hot, as well as all the sweet bell peppers. These two head attractions I have in today’s post are a bit different from all the other peppers I have. One is an heirloom from Hungary and that is the ‘Ferenc Tender’ and the other is a rather new sort, it is just forty+something, introduced by the University of New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in 1965, it is called Sweet Chocolate. (aka Choco)
This post 'June in my Potager Garden' was originally uploaded by Tyra in the blog The Greenhouse
June in my Potager Garden
June in my Potager Garden
At this time of the year the potager is in full bloom. All the different colourful Pansies, Poppies and Allium to mention a few. The harvest has started too, mostly green leaves, herbs and radishes. But very soon I can dig up the first potatoes and pick strawberries and cherries, looking forward to that.
A pie with the first greens from the garden, mostly a bunch of weeds actually. Nettles, gound-elder Aegopodium podagraria, Sweet Cicely Myrrhis odorata and some young shoots from hops Humulus lupulus
This post 'Dawn on the Veranda' was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallse´nius Lindhe in the blog
The Greenhouse...in Tyra's Garden + ABC Wednesday Challenge
This morning I woke up extremely early and I felt like I already had enough of sleep, I didn’t want to stay in bed any longer. I literally jump out of bed and went downstairs to the kitchen and made myself a nice cup of coffee a then I went outside to the greenhouse to enjoy the dawn. It was very cold and still dark outhere and I lit some candles to lighten and warm up the greenhouse a bit. Well back into the house I went to the veranda I took some picture that I now would like to share with you. I just love the morning light, the morning air and the quiet and solitude one can be so delighted by during these early hours of the morning.
Aubergine and Basil seedlings
This post 'Nasturtium - Indian Cress' was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallsénius Lindhe in the blog
even the fresh seeds are edible!
This is a perfect little flower for the 'Jardin Potager'. It is a great companion plant, goes well together with beans, broccoli, cabbage, chinese cabbage, collard and fruit trees. It attracts predatory insect wherefore it is a great trap crop. With three big pros the Nasturtiums are a must in my kitchen garden.
2. Pretty colourful flowers
3. Traps the bad guys
The photos for this collage are from the internet, Wikipedia Grand Capucine, Fröer.nu and Doradi's garden pages
This post 'Tomatoes for the Growing Season 2011' was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallsénius Lindhe in the blog The Greenhouse...
The starting signal has gone and I’m off! Started with the tomato, chilli pepper, aubergine and artichoke seeds. They do take such a long time and I use to start about now each year.
Many of the tomato varieties I have sown before, but I have a few new ones. Summer Cider – an orange beef tomato, a Brandywine type of tomato. I got the seeds from a friend, thank you Yvonne I’m really looking forward to see how it turn out. Ailsa Craig*Lycopersicon esculentum is another for me new cultivar, a medium sized, juicy and flavoursome, early ripening, heavy crop tomato with impressive vigour. This is what it says on the seed sachet. Red Alert another 'new' tomato – a bush tomato with heavy crop, early ripening and delicious taste. Seeds from Thomson & Morgan. Most of my seeds are heirlooms and if it is possible I always have Eco seeds as my first choice. GMO is a big NONO!
Here are four of my favourites.
'Czech's excellent yellow', 'Henderson's Ponderosa', 'Green Zebra' and last 'Plum lemon'
However the best last season was 'Black Cherry' and 'Stupice'. Black Cherry won in the 'best taste' category and Stupice for best yield.
What do you think? - I bet it is the rock.
This post 'All I'm saying, is give PEAS a chance...' was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallsénius Lindhe in the blog The greenhouse in Tyras Garden.
Give Peas a Chance
- ‘Noorman’ Pisum sativum. 'Noorman' provides a large amount of sweet and early peas. Easy-to-pick variety that gives high yield of small cultivated area. The pods are eaten whole, fresh or lightly cooked. Thrives in rich in organic and well drained soil. ‘Noorman’ is a 100 cm tall plant that needs to be supported.
I soak the dry seeds overnight before sowing, The peas are not very fussy with the soil as long as it isn’t too much clay or sand in it, if so add some good compost or topsoil. But as everything else in my potager it thrives in rich organic well drained soil. I pick a sunny but not a hot spot for my peas. They like to grow in rather cool place. I plant my peas about 3 cm deep and 6" (15 cm) apart.
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Well...the answer to this question will depend upon whether I plan to grow my plants indoors or outside. I generally grow my chilies indoors using artificial lighting and then when the sun is getting stronger and the greenhouse is warm I transfer them all out into the greenhouse. When using artificial light I can start seeds when I like. But usually I start on Valentine’s Day. In December and January I dream and plan of all my hot stuff and order seeds and in February it is time to sow. It is a bit early but chilies do take time to mature, most varieties takes more than 6 months to grow fully and set fruit. I harvest chilies well into the month of October or perhaps I should more accurate say until the frost gets them.
Hot Portugal Pepper
Joe’s Round Hot Chili
Miniature Chocolate Bell
Chili Pepper ‘Bangkok market’
A chili I found in Thailand, beautiful, ornamental and culinary chili pepper with 2 1/2inches long finger shaped fruit. 85 sunny days from transplanting and then it is ready.
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A few words about
Species of chili peppers (Domesticated):
which includes many common varieties such as Bell peppers, Cayenne, Jalapeños, Serrano, Poblano (Ancho), Hungarian Wax and the Chiltepin (Mother of all Chilies). Poblano is a chili I always grow, it is my numero uno!
Annuum meaning 'annual' is actually an incorrect designation given that Chiles are perennials under suitable growing conditions.
This post A New Year and a New Calendar was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallsénius-Lindhe in the blog The Greenhouse in Tyra's Garden
Here we go again...Let's start all over folks!
2011 and another exciting growing season starts. So far I my 'green' hands are still clean I have manage to keep calm. Although I must admit it starting to itch - I want to get dirty!