1 Several years ago, I constructed this special greenhouse inspired by writer, Eliot Coleman, an expert in four-season farming. It is located behind my Equipment Barn at my Bedford farm.
2 Most of the energy in the greenhouse comes from the sun through these big windows, which can be opened for ventilation, or cooling, when needed.
3 Once the soil was tilled and fertilized, Ryan measured the area for the layout of the beds.
4 Ryan used bamboo stakes to mark where the beds would be.
5 Each bed was measured perfectly to keep them all uniform in size.
6 Ryan tied garden twine between each bamboo stake.
7 Twine was tied both horizontally and vertically across the space.
8 Here was the grid showing four beds in each row.
9 Wilmer walked along the twine edges to create the footpaths between each bed.
10 This easy technique created enough space to get around the beds for weeding, harvesting or any other kind of gardening maintenance during the season.
11 Once all the beds were lined up, Ryan distributed plant food formulated specifically for vegetable gardens.
12 I am very fortunate to have the room to plant many different vegetables indoors during winter. This season we planned for kale, swiss chard, bok choi, radishes, carrots, spinach, turnips and many others.
13 I share my produce with my daughter and grandchildren, but I also like to grow fresh vegetables for my daily green juice.
14 It is always a lot of fun to choose what to plant at the beginning of every growing period.
15 Among the seeds for this year was this chervil, Anthriscus cerefolium - more non-resistant to both heat and cold. Its ferny, dark green foliage has a pleasant flavor, and is quite aromatic.
16 This parsley, Petroselinum crispum, is an heirloom variety preferred by chefs. It's an organic selection of Italian flat leaf that is moderately frost resistant, so it should grow well this season.
17 This cutting celery, Apium graveolens var. dulce, is a leafy herb with a bold celery flavor. It's great in salads, cooked in soups, or added to stews or mixed vegetables.
18 Spinach 'Nobel Giant', Spinacia oleracea, is also an heirloom plant that grows giant, crumpled leaves. It is a heavy producer and is great for eating raw.
19 A delicious and popular spinach variety, Spinach 'America' is buttery and nutritious - spinach contains vitamins A, E, K, and C plus calcium, iron magnesium and potassium.
20 This is a favorite among Japanese spinach varieties. The leaves are pointed with a slight serration, and bright red-purple stems. It has a mild flavor which makes it great for salads.
21 These are long, sunflower-yellow carrots with strong, feathery tops - a beautiful vegetable that's productive and adaptable to many growing conditions.
22 These are so pretty - unique, coral-red carrots, which are best cooked to deepen the color. Great for use in stews and other cooked vegetable dishes.
23 Cilantro, Coriandrum sativum, is also known commonly as coriander or Chinese parsley. Coriander is actually the dried seed of cilantro. Cilantro is a popular microgreen garnish that complements meat, fish, poultry, noodle dishes and soups.
24 'Red Ace' organic beets are a big favorite - sweet and tender - and are usually ready a week before many others. Beets are one of the healthiest foods, and contain a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.
25 These turnips, Brassica rapa, have a perfect globe shape with smooth skin and sweet, mild, crisp flesh. They mature early and have a pleasing flavor.
26 This is a popular Japanese, open pollinated turnip that has tender, smooth, white flesh. The roots have a wonderful flavor and are good for growing both in spring and in the fall.
27 Arugula, Eruca sativa, has a wonderful peppery taste.
28 This 'Rebel' variety of radish stays firm, crisp and tasty. It's a popular variety that grows vigorously and early with bright, red roots.
29 Siberian kale, Brassica oleracea, has blue-green leaves with frill-curled leaf edging. They can be eaten raw or prepared in soups.
30 These heirloom onion seeds produce big, white bulbs with a sweet, mild taste.
31 A sprinkler hose was positioned and secured to the ground with garden staples or anchors, so it doesn't injure any of the growing plants.
32 One of my dependable, gray Gilmour hoses, neatly hung around the rack in this indoor greenhouse. http://www.gilmour.com/
33 All the seeds were placed in their assigned beds for planting - I can't wait until the first winter harvest.