1 This is the exterior of my Vegetable Greenhouse. It is located near my Equipment Barn, next to the Hay Barn and Citrus Hoop House. It has been very productive this season.
2 One month ago, this is what it looked like. This year, my gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, planted lettuce, spinach, carrots, bok choy and many others.
3 And, two weeks later, look how much it had grown. Some of the other vegetables include white turnips, and beets. In the foreground is one of my favorite culinary herbs, Chervil, a member of the parsley family frequently used in French cuisine.
4 Ryan and Wilmer planted in a grid pattern. Each square contains three or four smaller rows of each variety of vegetable.
5 The lettuce and turnips looked so healthy.
6 Siberian kale, Brassica oleracea, has blue-green leaves with frill-curled leaf edging. They can be eaten raw or prepared in soups.
7 Here was the garden just last week. I am very fortunate to have the room to plant many different vegetables indoors during the colder months.
8 'Red Ace' organic beets are a big favorite - sweet and tender - and one of the healthiest foods. Beets contain a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.
9 This 'Rebel' variety of radish stays firm, crisp and tasty. It's a popular variety that grows vigorously and early.
10 This is an Araucaria heterophylia in one of my new Pennoyer Newman planters. Known also as Norfolk Island pine, the Araucaria is mainly a large tree with massive erect stems. The horizontal, spreading branches grow in whorls and are covered with leathery, needle like leaves. http://pennoyernewman.com
11 On one wall, I have several staghorn ferns. There are several species of staghorn ferns, but the members of the genus Platycerium, have fronds that are antler-like in appearance, hence its name, staghorn.
12 This lettuce is 'Black-Seeded Simpson', one of the most tender and delicately flavored leaf lettuces ever bred. It adapts well to a wide range of climates, and is doing wonderfully in this greenhouse.
13 Tomatoes are growing in large pots along the back wall.
14 Once the tomato plants start to grow, Wilmer adds bamboo stakes around each pot to give them the support they'll need for the rest of the growing season.
15 The stakes are secured with jute twine.
16 Of the thousands of tomato variety available on the market, only a short list is acceptable for greenhouse production. These types are tolerant of reduced sun exposure that occurs inside a greenhouse.
17 I cannot wait until these plants are laden with delicious, juicy tomatoes.
18 It is very important to feed the plants. Ryan added plant food to each of the tomato pots.
20 As the garden plants grow, Wilmer also removes the twine separating each of the square patches.
21 Look how much the lettuce grew - it is nearly ready for harvesting.
22 Ryan has already been harvesting lots of vegetables from this greenhouse. You can see he had just picked some spinach from this bed. He always picks from the edges first, so the footpaths stay clear.
23 New Zealand spinach, Tetragonia tetragonioides, is not a true spinach, however its leaves are triangular like spinach and they are quite succulent and nutritious.
24 Rosemary loves growing in this greenhouse! Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves.
25 I am a big fan of succession planting, which is rotating crops and recycling the space to ensure something is growing at all times. This dramatically increases a garden's yield, while also improving produce quality. See my web site for a guide. http://www.marthastewart.com/275659/succession-planting-guide
26 Bok choy or pak choi is a type of Chinese cabbage. It doesn't form heads; instead, it has smooth dark green leaf blades that create clusters. Bok toy is winter-hardy, and continues to grow in popularity.
27 We're also growing yellow beets. Do you know... beet greens are actually more nutritious than the beets? The greens contain twice the potassium and are exceptionally high in beta carotene and folic acid. Beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable.
28 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.
29 Many people ask me what I do with all my vegetables. I share my produce with my daughter and grandchildren, as well as friends and colleagues. I also use the fresh vegetables for my daily green juice.
30 I am so proud of this greenhouse. It will be a winter filled with delicious, fresh vegetables.