Category Archives: greenhouse

Overflowing Overflow

Our 14'X40' propogation tunnel was full of plant starts weeks ago so we've been off-loading a number of them to the big tunnel. Well, that one's nearly full now, too. I don't know how many tomato plants we have right now. There are the ones to sell at the farm stand, the ones to plant out in the new tunnels at Dan's place and the ones to plant out in the big tunnel they're currently in - when there's room. There are so many tomatoes that we've had to create sections for each application plus alphabetize the 30+ varieties we have for sale on the stand. Of course, we also have climbing and bush peas and beans and salad greens growing in the ground plus some strawberries growing in pails. Oh yes, I've got a dozen or so zucchini plants in 3 gallon pots that have started to bud. Laura's bike and market cart are also being garaged in this tunnel. Do I need to build more tunnels this winter?

39 Celsius…with snow pellets

Yeah, so aside from the hyperbole, it did get up to 39C today – inside the tunnel – at high noon before we could get there to open it up.  Then, mid-afternoon, a 15-minute snow-pellet storm, the umpteenth of the year.  May as well move back to Ottawa.  Er, except that Ottawa has Florida’s weather these days…

Moving right along.


Happily, the tunnels themselves allow us to remain productive despite the weather: Pauline with the plant starts and me with tilling in a bunch of Phosphorus (in the form of pelleted guano, of which endangered Chilean bat I do not know but it was the only type of organic P I could buy at the time) and a smidgen of Potassium (which I’m sure is completely sustainable).

Anyway, how ’bout them peas?

And now for today’s (Monday’s) weather. What’s the number after umpteen?