July 25-Update


Weather has turned nice again.
On around July the 16th we hit a low of 3.4 C in Yellowknife. It was apparently a record low for that day. Plants survived but the tomatoes outside the greenhouse took a bit of blow. They’ve since recovered but have that late August yellowy look to them – whereas the ones in the greenhouse were fine.
July 22-24 marks the first tomatoes turning red (about 35-37 days after the first tomatoes appeared).
The Red Alert (cherry sized) variety was first to have some red fruit, followed by what I believe to be Early Girl (medium sized). I have a couple of plants that have been mixed up. Hopefully just the two.
Some of the golden cherry variety are starting to turn yellow on the deck too (@July 24).
Haskap berries have finished for the season. I look forward to next year’s crop with twice the number of bushes planted.
Saskatoon berries are ripening. Should be a bumper crop.
Lettuce – didn’t plant enough this year. I’m catching up now but haven’t been able to keep a steady supply going this month. I think I’m over the deficit now as second growth from harvested heads are starting to get to a harvestable size.
Peas are doing well. In fact they are growing well into the sky (above my lattice). We’ve started harvesting them.
Carrots, beets and potatoes all seem to be doing well.
Basil is doing very well and is healthy – no bugs! Removing the choke cherry trees from their proximity to the greenhouse, and well out of the yard, may have solved the problem. Also, I have seen the odd lady bug, plus other insect eating insects, around the greenhouse.

July 3 Update


Heat wave has ended but it is still warm. We’ve had rain for the last couple of days.
June 24 it was 30C or hotter. It was so hot I had tip burn on some of my lettuce. A few lettuce plants in the backyard got hit but everything else was fine.
Everything is growing quite well. Will have to take some more pics soon.
Removed two choke cherry trees on the weekend because they were infested with small white flies. The same flies that were attacking my basil last year, and had started again. The flies liked the new growth on the trees. The cherries are not really good for anything short of adding a ton of sugar to them. So it was time for them to go. I have them in big pots (cut right back) and am deciding their fate. I’ve seen a couple of ladybugs around the yard this year but not enough to take care of these flies.
Replaced the choke cherries with Saskatoons. Saskatoons that I have planted a few years back are looking like they will produce their best harvest yet.
Haskap berries, planted last year, are almost ready.
We had so much red mustard we’re cooking it. Frying it up with garlic and butter a la spinach. It is such a strong taste in a salad you can only use a little.