The Greenhouse,

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


Tomatoes for the Growing Season 2011

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.

All Heirlooms

 '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.

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All I'm saying, is give PEAS a chance...

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

This is the pea seeds for my potager for the growing season 2011. This year I get my heirloom pea seeds from Seed Savers Exchange in US

 and from some local seed suppliers Lord Nelson, Weibulls and Runåbergs fröer.

  1. ‘Blue Podded Shelling Pea’ Pisum sativum a.k.a Blauwschokkers, Purple pods and beautiful pink/purple flowers.
  2. 'Carouby de Mausanne’ Pisum sativum
  3. ‘Gigante Svizzero Pisum sativum a tall growing pea, you can absolutely eat the whole pods.
  4. ‘Maiperle' Pisum sativum, this as an old delicatessen in my family. We enjoy eating the whole pods like this. Boil them very soft and dip them into some melted butter (in an eggcup) and put them into you mouth and then pull out the end tip which is not eaten.
  5. ‘Green Arrow Pea’, Pisum sativum  an English variety, medium-size vines 24-28”, 60-70cm tall. The peas are small dark green peas. Very heavy, reliable yield.
  6. ‘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.

Nutrition value

-Peas are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins and lutein. Dry weight is about one-quarter protein and one-quarter sugar. [14] Pea seed peptide fractions have less ability to scavenge free radicals than glutathione, but greater ability to chelate metals and inhibit linoleic acid oxidation. wikipedia

This is how I grow my PEAS

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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