Growing Vegetables Indoors

Posted by F&S

Now that the growing season is over and our outdoor vegetable garden has been cleaned out, it's time to move the operation indoors.  We are very fortunate at the farm that Martha had a special greenhouse built for growing vegetables all winter long.  Ryan and Wilmer have been busy getting things ready for planting.

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There are some really important things going on in the vegetable greenhouse.

1 There are some really important things going on in the vegetable greenhouse.

These are fresh piles of compost from our very own composting yard.

2 These are fresh piles of compost from our very own composting yard.

Sharkey, doesn't this compost smell so rich and nutritious?  It has that beautiful organic smell that we dogs can detect so well with our super sniffers.

3 Sharkey, doesn't this compost smell so rich and nutritious? It has that beautiful organic smell that we dogs can detect so well with our super sniffers.

Wilmer is topdressing the raised beds, getting them ready for a new crop of vegetables.

4 Wilmer is topdressing the raised beds, getting them ready for a new crop of vegetables.

Spreading this compost over the beds improves the quality of the soil so that the new plants will grow bigger and better.

5 Spreading this compost over the beds improves the quality of the soil so that the new plants will grow bigger and better.

I can't wait to see what seeds Ryan will be planting in the beds.  It's just great to have fresh produce growing all winter long.

6 I can't wait to see what seeds Ryan will be planting in the beds. It's just great to have fresh produce growing all winter long.

I can just imagine all of the lettuce, carrots, beets, chard, spinach, herbs, and more that will thrive in this enriched soil.

7 I can just imagine all of the lettuce, carrots, beets, chard, spinach, herbs, and more that will thrive in this enriched soil.

Err - excuse me, Francesca!  Don't even think of adding anything else to the soil!

8 Err - excuse me, Francesca! Don't even think of adding anything else to the soil!

Comments (13)

  • Hi everyone,
    I always wondered if Ryan was laid off for the winter. Guess not. That is good for him and also for Martha so she has fresh veggies all winter long. Good job guys.
    That was nice of everyone to mention the three new puppies. The most vulnerable time for them is the first two weeks. We have to keep them nice and warm and make sure they nurse every two hours or so. Rough job but someone has to do it. All they do right now is eat and sleep. Speaking of sleep, I think I will go take a nap for a few hours. Instead of counting sheep I will be counting puppies. Hehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    I think a little french poop would do wonders for the garden Sharkey. It would really help the french string beans ;) Oh now I'm starting to sound like Maddox - LOL

    Maddox you and Karen must be exhausted having to be on puppy duty making sure the little guys eat. It's a tough job but so rewarding :)

    Mother Nature sure did flip the switch last night. I was outside with dad all day yesterday enjoying the warm weather working around the house and WHAM! here comes winter when I woke up this morning. I think I'll go find a heat vent and take a nap.

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I don’t remember much about being a puppy when I was one. All they do is eat and sleep. I’ll bet they have to go to the bathroom once in a while too. Gee, kind of sounds like that’s what I do. Guess I’m just a big puppy after all. Now I do earn my keep; I guard the house and let everyone know when strangers are around. I even watch for the neighbors cat. It wants to sleep in my front yard and Mommy’s cat doesn’t like that one bit. Talk about a cat fight. Whoa, I don’t want any part of that fight. The fur does fly at times. It was really warm yesterday. Why do I say that you ask? I had a bath. I don’t want to talk about that sooooo, nap time. But first breakfast. There I go with the eating and sleeping thingy.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Happy planting days it would seem at Mama Martha's. You girls are wonderful supervisors. Our little greenhouse just houses orchids and Christmas Cactus in winter. You are quite lucky. And Franny, a girl has to do what a girl has to do, right!!!

    Busy day of appointments for the folks---dental and then Mom gets her hair done. I am hoping Dad and I will go on a walk while Mom is gone. Did you hear, we might be getting 4 inches of snow on Thursday, the shoveling kind? None of this sissy dusting stuff anymore. Yahooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    Maddox, help Karen with the pups---OMG every 2 hours.
    Have a GEM of a day all.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Hi, you two sweet girls look so cute in these latest photos and the weather looks pretty warm so you didn't have to wear coats this time! My Mom has always loved seeing Martha's wonderful vegetable greenhouse that she has Ryan and Wilmer plant so many great vegetables to enjoy freshly all winter long! They do such a great job and all of those vegetables turn out so beautiful and must be delicious! That great compost from her farm sure is perfect to use in that greenhouse! Sweet Franny, you need to keep that compost very clean! I sure miss seeing GK and hope he is doing well! Please hug him again for me! Hope you have a great day and be sure to hug Martha, also! Maddox, sure loved your comments this morning! Hope you get some rest! Can't wait to hear from the rest of you great buddies! Our weather is supposed to get dryer and better the rest of this week! Hope to get to take a nice walk again! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • :-) Oh how I wish I had a hothouse! #3 photo had me thinking hope they aren't sniffing out a spot to do their business! ;-) and then Sharkey thought the same of Francesca he he
    Kitty however would love digging around there to...you know....errrrm!
    Sunshine today, I'm happy! :-)
    Hope everyone here has a sun-filled day!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey and GS friends,
    So nice to see the lovely indoor greenhouse preparations. Liquid gold is the name for that wonderful compost. Can't wait to see the vegetables starting while outside the gardens lie dormant waiting for spring. Spinach, beets, how about some catnip for the kitties??
    Mom saved a catnip plant from the frost and it is thriving on our back porch "greenhouse". She might make fuzzy catnip mice for presents... its supposed to be a secret but Jimmy deductive powers are finding presents!
    Rebel, we are so glad you are alright after that terrible storm. Maddox, who is the daddy for those puppies??? Zoe, you are wonderful and always make us laugh. Mom is in a craft mood so we are making beaded bracelets before work today. Hope everyone enjoys this sunny day!
    James Byron Dean

  • Hi Y'all,
    Greenhouses are great, until you get the gas bill. Mis wishes our old antique houses looked like Martha's. There is so much more room to grow and plot. Our old Hoop houses are being used by Mis's brother to produce greenhouse veggies for sale at the market. He grows a variety of lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes and our most favorite carrots. He has radishes and beets too I think. And English Peas are in the field, although the deer and groundhogs are feasting on those. Got to keep the wildlife fed! Francesca, Sharkey, what are your favorite veggies? Of course, as I just stated, Carrots are mine and the cousins favorite. They have to keep those houses secured so we don't go and pull them all for ourselves like we did when Mis grew some one winter. George has a liking for cucumbers. He snags one whenever he get the chance. And Celery, He likes Celery. He's one strange bird!
    Congratulations on the delivery of the Puppies Maddox and Karen. I bet they are a great joy to have around. They have to make them cute so you'll get up every 2 hours to make sure they eat. HAAAA Never had puppies here Mis says, but plenty of barn kittens when she was little and once a litter of piggys that lost their mom. Bottle feeding every 2 hours. One became a pet until he got too big and had to go to the pasture. Oh, the stories you hear around here!
    Ruby, Mis has her Moms orchids in one of the greenhouses along with the last of the pet plants. Now Mis wants a hobby house to keep them in when we move. Her sis thinks that she's crazy. Or maybe she's worried that it will begin again. Got to pay the extra bill somehow right?
    I hope everyone of my friends has a Doggy Good Day!
    Dixie Boy

  • Sharkey!!! :lol: I would think with all of the great food you three eat that a Francesca "deposit" would actually be beneficial to the soil. :wink:

    New puppies!!!! I'm so behind. Congratulations to Val, the Daddy, and a happy birthday to the three puppy boys. Maddox and Karen could you tell us the timeline for Chow Chow puppies. I know all about Shiba puppies (when their eyes open, start walking, ears prick up, etc.) when do those things happen for Chow Chow puppies?

    Have a great day everyone. Glad everyone is safe from those awful storms on Sunday. :smile:

  • Good afternoon Francesca, Sharkey, GK and Glue Squaders!
    Sorry we are writing so late today. Mom is painting a Christmas project that Dad started. Gee...we hear that a lot around here. Max and I are staying far away from the table and them. (Sometimes it ain't pretty)
    Soooooo...The Bedford Babes are at it again. Supervising, making sure Ryan and Wilmer do their jobs right. Francesca, in one of those pictures you blended right into the soil. And Sharkey, good thing you stopped Franny when you did!
    Maddox, you and Karen must be very tired. Not to mention poor Val. Yeah, we were wonder where is the baby-daddy?
    Kirby, your days sound like ours. Eat, sleep, go outside. And yes, we guard the house and parameter as well....that's our job and we take it seriously. Just ask the peeps using the bike trail and the Frisbee golf course!
    Ruby, we are hoping you get those 4 inches of snow and then send it our way. Well, I, Brutus, hope...Maxie, not so much.
    We hope everyone is safe and we continue to pray for the people and animals who were in the tornados. Mother Nature is so fickle sometimes.
    Pugs and kisses
    Brutus and Max

  • ...wow..what good looking compost..wish we had a truck-load of it..thinking about all the poor critters in the mid-west and east..hope they are okay...busy day here at the farm/ranch ..gotta go..love, Chewy

  • Quick, get Franny an outhouse! :)

    However, a little dose of frenchies might make the veggies more colorful! :)

    gail

  • Hi Francesca & Sharkey --
    No doubt that great compost will yield amazing veggies. You'll have to keep us updated.

    Angela

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