My daughter and I repotted our zucchini’s, and our tomatoes today. We moved them into the space where they are going to live this winter, into the frame, that was about to become a greenhouse.
For the moment we don’t have much space to garden, but we are experimenting with different ways to make the most out of the space we have. We live in California, in the Sacramento Valley, and this is an excellent area for gardening. It’s zone 9, and you can grow almost anything here. As long as you water your plants, of course. The drought, and the hot temperatures during the summer require that you remember your garden every day. On the other hand the winters are mild.
We grew the majority of our food this past summer. As summer came to an end, both me and my daughter wanted more. We didn’t want our garden project to end here. So we decided to build a greenhouse. We actually ended up building two. One for our winter vegetables, and one for some of our container fruit trees that needs extra protection during the winter. We finished both greenhouses today.
They are standing next to each other, and look exactly the same.
This is the greenhouse dedicated to our vegetables, and kitchen herbs. Several of the neighbors have actually asked me if I am growing marijuana. I am not. Only vegetables here.
The temperatures are starting to cool off, but we’re still in the middle-upper 80’s, and my container trees can live outside a little longer. I’m going to wait until my fig trees let go of their leaves, before putting them in the green house. They are going to share the greenhouse with my olive trees, (and a variety of some very young, just planted citrus trees.) Fig trees, and olive trees grow grow perfectly well if planted outside here. It’s because they are planted in containers, that I have to protect them this winter. I have nowhere to plant them outside, right now. They can live, and even bear fruit, while growing in containers, for several years. I have mine in 15 gallon smart pots. Eventually I will have more space for fruit trees, and then they will be planted in the ground. It feels great to be able to have a garden, and fruit trees, even with a limited space. I’ve lived on many places, and gardening is slightly (or a lot,) different on every place. I find that the best way to succeed is to talk to, and if possible even work with some local farmers, to see what works in the area. I’ve been very busy doing that this summer. It’s a learning process that I really enjoy! If I can do it, so can you!
I hope you’re having a wonderful day!