October in the Greenhouse

At the Sebastopol greenhouses we are preparing for Fall and Winter. In the next two weeks our summer crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and peppers will be removed, and replaced with cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprout, and kohlrabi. Our showy summer marigold, dahlia, and zinnia flowers are starting to fade. Soon we will divide, repot, and leave our dahlia collection outside to vernalize in the cold winter temperatures before bringing them back in the greenhouse next spring. The time spent in the cold will encourage flowering. This past summer we were surprised by the amount of Mediterranean herbs we harvested from only four EuroGrowers, and how swiftly they grew back. Who said you can’t grow drought tolerant plants in Hydro? Radhi’s aquaponic experiment has been going well in the greenhouse. It has been a good learning experience for everyone. The plants grown in the unit are healthy and thriving, and we are hoping the aquaponic tilapia (all 50 of them!) will be ready before R&D moves to Santa Rosa next spring. Can you say fish fry?