The summer is over! At least here in Iceland. It had a really nice start with sunny May and first weeks of June. However, the rest the summer was cold and the sun was hiding for the most part until in the third week of this month, when it also got slightly warmer for a week. Surprisingly, growing the veggies and flowers has nevertheless been successful.
In the third week of August the tomatoes started blushing and the sunflowers finally bloomed. Same with the mesembryanthemum, that only open in sunlight. My roses bloomed beautifully in June and I was hoping for another bloom cycle like last year. For some reason that didn’t happen. Perhaps cause I moved them around inside the greenhouse.
I’ve not had any aphids or other pests this summer and am extremely grateful for that. The tomato plants had too little space, but I’ve learned from that. The only disappointment of the summer was that the tarragon wasn’t flavourful at all. It grew well, but tasted like grass.
On the other hand the garlic I planted last year had an absolutely divine flavour. I’m definitely planting some again this autumn. It’s also a very simple task cause it mostly takes care of itself. Anyway, a picture is worth a thousand words so here’re some photos.
Buying tomato plants from Thomas Ponzi was possibly the best decision I’ve made regarding the greenhouse. I’d heard that when you tasted a tomato from him it was like trying tomatoes for the first time. It turned out to be true. The tomatoes are exceptionally flavourful and developed to grow well in cold greenhouses. Now I need to learn how to remove the seeds and prepare them for next spring. This one is called Boney M.
Below you can see the harvest of two different days late in August.
It took a long time for the sunflower to bloom, but when they did they were gorgeous.
Finally some photos of food made with mostly ingredients from the greenhouse, grow boxes and garden. Yummy!
Baked red potatoes and broccoli on a bed of cauliflower mash. You can find the recipe HERE.
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