Video: Growing Vegetables In A Greenhouse
In the summer of 2009, I first tried to grow eggplants using the microbiological preparation "Shining".
The experiment was then carried out in open ground and in a small area. The yield was higher than without the use of the drug, but it was still open ground, and I wanted to try the drug in a greenhouse.
Last season we decided to purchase a greenhouse made of cellular polycarbonate. True, such greenhouses are installed directly on the ground, but this did not suit us, because we needed high beds, like in our old greenhouse. Three narrow beds with two aisles are very convenient when caring for plants, but they are framed with flat slate, and as a result, the ground, freezing and thawing, squeezes the sides, which is why they have to be leveled and strengthened every spring.
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Having such a negative experience, we decided for the new greenhouse to make a solid foundation and sides of the ridges of concrete. Given the thickness of the walls, each bed turned out to be 50 cm wide, and there were also two passes 45 cm wide.
My husband finished the construction of this formwork only in July, after which we brought and installed the greenhouse, and all the remaining days of summer and autumn I gradually filled these three beds with organic matter, sprinkling it with "Shining -2" and shedding infusion of weeds and "Shining -1" to accelerate the decomposition of organic matter. Chopped branches of bushes and grapes, all kitchen and garden waste, biennial sawdust and foliage, hay, fresh cochineine, and even black and white newspapers and thin cardboard were also used. A layer of earth of 10-15 cm was laid on top.
Everything was done according to the rules of organic natural farming. But I forgot that seedlings with this method need much less. And in the spring of last year, already in February, I began to grow the usual amount of seedlings, but at the same time I used the soil prepared in advance with "Shining -7". The seedlings were growing rapidly - strong, stocky, dark green. Of course, I used the backlight to lengthen the daylight hours.
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Already at the end of April, I took out these plants and the dacha. When I entered my new greenhouse, I was amazed at the riot of vegetation growing on the topsoil. Our concrete boxes-beds were so warmed up by the April sun, and there was also heat coming from below from the decaying organic matter that the seeds of calendula, dill and weeds in the upper layer of the earth sprouted and had already reached a height of 15-20 cm.
It turns out that I could have planted seedlings earlier. Therefore, she did not hesitate. Having dealt with unplanned shoots, I made holes for my seedlings, filling them with compost, and sowed radishes, lettuce and seeds of some summer plants between the plants. In early May, I planted seedlings of 20 peppers, 6 eggplants in a greenhouse. In addition, she sowed seven cucumber seeds at the entrance to the middle bed. Throughout May, the seedlings were covered with lutrasil, and the seedlings were watered with warm infusion of weeds with the addition of "Shining -1".
Plants developed very quickly, and already from the end of June we began collecting the first peppers that reached the stage of technical ripeness. The fruits were large, but still green. The bushes of peppers and eggplants themselves were much taller and stronger than the plants of previous years, and the fruits were larger, and there were much more of them. I was especially surprised by the hybrid of the pepper Chanterelle F1. I have grown this pepper for the third year already, its fruits are medium-sized, orange, sweet and very well suited for stuffing.
In past years, the bush of this pepper was 40-45 cm high, and 10-18 peppers grew on it over the summer. Last season, the bush grew up to 70 cm, the fruits remained the same in size, but their number amazed me. There were 15 first peppers on the lower tier, then five branches followed, on which 15-20 fruits each grew and matured over the summer and autumn. Thus, one bush turned out to be up to a hundred peppers! Isn't this an impressive result ?!
Eggplants also pleased: their bushes were strong and reached a height of one meter. I was especially pleased with the F1 hybrid Marzipan. Its very first flowers in June (!) Formed ovaries, and the fruits quickly gained weight. And how beautiful they turned out to be: purple, shiny, large. And by the end of July, we began to take them off and prepare delicacies.
Further, 3-4 branches went on the bushes, on which a lot of ovary was formed, but I left only two or three fruits on each so that they would grow large and full-bodied. We gradually removed them from the bushes until the very end of October, and before that they decorated our greenhouse.
But the second grade of eggplant, the Black handsome man, dropped everything in June, and began to tie the fruits only at the branches from the end of July. I gave them freedom - let them develop as they want; there were 6 to 10 of them on the bush. They were dark purple, plump, weighing 300-400 grams each.
Six bushes of cucumbers in the new greenhouse braided all the stretched ropes up to the ridge and gave such a yield that the planned garden bed in the open ground was not needed. There were a lot of cucumbers, they tied up and grew for a very long time. I'm just tired of collecting and processing this big crop. I handed it out to neighbors, relatives, I had to preserve a lot, fry it more often, stuff it, make salads. Part of the harvest in September was even taken to an exhibition in Sestroretsk. Next year, of course, I will plant fewer plants, since such a crop is obtained.
This technology of natural farming for filling warm beds with organic matter provides for their annual renewal, that is, in the fall it is necessary to select all the waste land and fill the beds with new organic matter with the "Radiance" preparation.
But this is beyond my power now. And where to get so much organic matter at the end of October? Therefore, in the fall, I cheated a little: in each garden bed I made grooves 30 cm deep and wide and only there I laid new organic matter. What will come of this, I’ll find out already in this beginning season, but for now I’m thinking: how many seedlings do I need to sow? After all, it is already time to sow. And I have already violated the technology of filling the ridges. Will there be the same harvest in the new season? Although, probably, it will be enough even if it turns out to be a little smaller.
Here's an experiment I did in a greenhouse. Those interested can try to repeat it.