Monthly Archives: January 2012

Close enough

Somehow the propagation-tunnel germinator has worked out more-or-less how I envisioned it, despite my previous lamentations.  It’s even plumb(y) and square(ish).  But, no, I won’t be quitting my day job soon.

I dumped several pails of water in the bed today to check for leaks in the polyethylene.  None, at least not up to the 1.25″ mark.  The 24 trays I planned to get in it actually fit with some wiggle room to spare.

In my opinion it’s a bit early to get the plants I want to start early going already.  But maybe in a week or two.  The question outstanding is whether the small electric heater in the cavity below the bed will provide enough heat to do much good.  I suspect it will for the cold-tolerant crops like greens and peas.

But I have no intention of starting things like tomatoes yet.  Even if they got enough  light (which is very doubtful on Rainbow) and grew normally, I’d have to pot them up to gallon+ sized pots while waiting for the overnight low temperatures of their final home to rise to a safe level.   I’m planning to set out a portion of the tomatoes by mid-April.  Subtracting 6 weeks for the plant start gives me an early March seeding date.  Mind you, I might get a few tomatoes going earlier for our plant start customers who have warm places to put tomatoes.

The only thing remaining for the germinator is a double ply of spun bond fabric (Reemay) which I will use to cover the trays at night.

There’s no day like a snow day!

Well, I couldn’t get my tunnel building supplies delivered up the mountain today so I can’t continue working.  On the other hand, I can’t work today :-)   Snow Day!

The middle school teacher can’t make it in so the middle school daughter gets to frolick at home.  Happily, there’s a winter attraction right outside the door.

But the spouse and the high school daughter both made it into town, thanks to the tire chains that came with my new farm ride (a ’94 minivan with way too much mileage).   34 years in Canadian cities known for their winters and I never had winter tires, let alone snow chains.  They are sweet indeed, even if I’m still not sure that they’re on quite right.  I even got all the way up Toynbee Road to give a friend a lift to work. 

The chickens are also taking a snow day, it seems, only venturing outside the coop to eat.  Hopefully they’ll take this opportunity to lay some eggs.   Meanwhile, the tunnels on Rainbow are laughing at the minimal dry snow we’ve gotten so far…but are worried about further accumulations of 10cm followed by rain.