Attention greenhouse hobbyists: with fall approaching it is a perfect time to begin drying coffee grounds to be used as fertilizer over winter. You can utilize your greenhouse benches while there is still space or simply lay out a sheet of newspaper and spread your coffee grounds on it to dry. Once they are dry you can either store them in a container to use later or spread them around your acid loving plants such as roses, azaleas or rhododendron. A ½ cup of dried coffee ground is good for about a 3 foot plant.
Solar Innovations, Inc. recently completed the installation of a research greenhouse at Daniel Boone Highschool. Solar donated the greenhouse to Daniel Boone Highschool in Birdsboro, PA to be used as a laboratory for the school’s “The Green Team.” This group of remarkable local high schoolers has presented their work on algae as a renewable energy source at the State Capital in Harrisburg and in Washington DC at both the Senate Office Building and the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.
Another tip for growing a succulents! Use an old paint can to house your collection of succulents inside your greenhouse. The succulent will cascade down the side of the container and begin blooming. Draining holes in the paint can will allow water to easily drain from the container.
The cold frame beds have been fully planted now. There are three beds filled with soil where seedlings and seeds were planted. The radishes have sprouted under just a week and the tips of the beets are emerging. Containers are planted in the last cold frame. Lettuce, flowers, and brocolli are growing in this cold frame. Seeds are also being started for May transplant into the garden.