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Greenhouse, January 2014

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Lettuces are doing well too. Waldmann's Dark Green, Redina, and Simpson varieties. #imgonnaeatthis #urbanfarmer #wintergarden #homegrown #lifeincalifornia

I never knew how glorious it would be to have a greenhouse in the winter.

It's one of those things you don't really think about, I think, until you actually have one. Fresh lettuce and spinach in the dead of winter? No problem. Start that garden nice and early? No problem! Grow plants longer that usually need to be winterized? Nooooo problem.

I'm rather spoiled, living in agricultural zone 9. San Jose is part of a Mediterranean-like climate zone that has an extremely long growing cycle and moderate temperatures. Double that with my new-found love for sprouting all the seeds, and I'm going to have a very productive growing season for as long as we have an active greenhouse.

So far this season we've got several lettuces, spinach, arugula, chives, thyme, oregano, cauliflower, bok choy, beets, chard, and kale going strong. Not far behind are just-sprouted seedlings of broccoli, watermelon radish, quinoa, a second round of lettuce, basil, strawberries, a few other herbs to fill in what I've already started, and a few varieties of tomatoes.

Today I picked up a male and female kiwi and got those transplanted into larger pots. I plan to eventually grow these over topiaries. I also picked up 2 varieties of artichoke, and am picking out my best spot to plant these beauties, since they grow well as a perennial in my climate.

I picked up a bunch more seed packets as well, and am looking forward to sprouting more babies over the next few weeks. Meanwhile in the yard, I'm busy ripping, digging, and otherwise creating a blank canvas in our previously overgrown beds. Looking forward to sharing that as well.

This is going to be one delicious year.

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