Salad Time

Long Overdue Update

Sorry for my absence, we certainly haven’t lost interest in our pit garden, or in this blog/forum! A new day job though has bitten dramatically into available time. That said it’s going to start smoothing out, and I hope to get back to posting more regularly.

Discussions of heating and lighting in December and January have faded away as we’ve had a very warm and sunny February and March.  Outside temps have swung primarily between 20 and 60 Fahrenheit, which has meant the tarp is no longer necessary, we don’t heat, and there’s been plenty of daylight so no need for the grow light.  Temps in the pit now swing between 45 and 100, and the plants seem to love it!  Also now that we occasionally open up the door during the day to keep temps below scorching, so the moisture problem is a thing of the past.

The image above is of lettuce we’re now routinely harvesting for dinner from our tubes:

Lettuces and Raddishes

Lettuces and Radishes

We’ve also been enjoying some great spinach and herbs:

Spinach and Herbs

As it’s getting warmer, I have a fan to install to keep temps manageable throughout the spring and summer.  I’ll update the site with that install in the next couple of weeks.  We also plan to plant many new seeds now that temps and light are prime for growing.  Both starts for the summer outdoor garden, and long term items for the pit such as peppers both bell and hot.

Tomato Starts, Brussels Sprouts, and Celery

Tomato Starts, Brussels Sprouts, and Celery

Much of this may not seem that impressive, but typically here in Montana we wouldn’t even be doing starts yet.  We’re still deciding whether these tomatoes are destined for outside, or if they’re going to stay in the pit.   Any suggestions for fruits and veggies that would grow well in this much warmer and humid environment than we have outside?

Andrew Blessing

Pit Garden Growing

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