Month: February 2021

Now We’re Cooking…

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I made a trip to the farm today because our temperatures have taken an upward swing into to 50’s and 60’s outside which means it’s much hotter in the greenhouse. I wasn’t sure how hot…

The top temp is the highest temp during a period of time, and the bottom is the minimum, with the middle being the current temp. So I’m glad I made the trip to water the plants in the greenhouse. I knew it was going to hot in the house, but this was kind of a shock to me. Our high temp today was only 65 F, so I was expecting somewhere in the high 80’s or low 90’s.

Which is what the high temp in the propagation room was. This room is much smaller and the floor is insulated, so I was expecting this room temperature to be higher than the rest of the greenhouse. Instead the room was actually seven degrees cooler than the rest of the greenhouse. As you noticed, I chose the title, “Now We’re Cooking”. That wasn’t because of the temps in the greenhouse.

It’s because the plants in the greenhouse are convinced that it’s Spring even though it’s really late Winter, more specifically February! No reason for plants to be leafing out, except for the higher temps in the house!

So in addition to potting up 160 hanging baskets for Mothers Day, succession Sowing both veg and flowers seeds, potting up all of the plants that came in Fall, and finish building several raised bed for the seed that I will be sowing, and Oh I also have a landscape company that I run. I will be extremely busy for the next four months.

I must confess, even though I have been quite busy I have been envious of those who have been posting in the FaceBook groups that I follow about sowing all of these seeds. Not that I have extra time laying around. I keep reminding myself that it’s too early. Then I tell myself they must be new and they just don’t know what they are doing. Then today, knowing that I was headed to the farm today I took my seed container with me! I filled several partial trays! …. and I sowed Sweet Peas and Snap Dragons! At least I sowed seeds that are close to being on time. I must confess I really really wanted to sow an entire tray of tomatoes and peppers. It is sooo close to being the proper time, but I held out and didn’t sow any tomatoes or peppers today. I can’t promise that I won’t sow them next week!

Winter Fun Update

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Well I was feeling like we were making some real progress on the greenhouse build in preparation for the arrival of the plugs for our hanging baskets this Spring, then suddenly Winter decided to show up with a vengeance. This is obviously our first Winter with the high tunnel so understanding snow loads on a structure that we yet to produce a single plant is extremely important. With this said I have been following weather forecasts and watching the radar to see where the snow and ice was heading. So we have made special runs to the farm specifically to get the snow and ice load off of the top of our high tunnel. The manufacturer has not tested the load capacity so I have no guidance other than common sense. So for the last month very little has been done.

Now what I have been able to do is the necessary things. I laid the foam board in the propagation room. I have temporarily hung the plastic around the propagation room to hold the temperature in the 50’s F. The plan is to hang plywood permanently along the bottom eight feet of the propagation room wall with a clear poly carbonate or acrylic sheet along the top. I had the propane tank filled and the pilot light was lit, so the heating system is ready. I was able to purchase and deliver the wood and tubing for the raised beds so once the weather breaks I can finish both of them. Since the forecast showed the actual temps were going to be in the single digits I was forced to cover the garage door side of the house with film so that I can retain as much heat as possible. The good news it that starting this Sunday the forecast calls for daytime temps in the 40’s and 50’s so hopefully we are done with the Artic cold for the year.