May 27 Update

Things have warmed up considerably here in the last two days. It is warm enough to leave plants out over night for the next few nights but it is still good to keep a daily (couple three times) watch on the weather.

Berry bushes have all appeared to come back. My two big Saskatoon bushes are pushing up new shoots from the ground.

Some lettuce and many vines(nasturshiums)  that I had planted in late April just came up about a week or less ago – just before I was going to dump the soil.

Tomato plants are doing well. I bought three from Arctic Farmer (one that claims to be ripe in 42 days, a Black zebra and a Yellow Flame). They are bit stringy – which I found surprising, compared to my own which have the same number of tiers of branches, but otherwise look good. They were grown by them it. Arctic Farmer’s greenhouse is very cool – jam packed, very hot and moist. It was a nice spot of respite from a horribly cold late May day that last Saturday was. I didn’t buy any flowers – b/c of the cold and the fact that I’m not ready for them yet. Need to prep pots.

I have been prepping planters for carrots and beets. I finished building, painting, and mounting two more pea planters this weekend. Lattice is essentially finished. We’re going wood cutting this weekend, and went before on the long weekend. After this weekend I should be able to commit more time to ready the rest of the planters for root veggies and lettuce, as well as get my flower pots ready and planted. Tomato and basil planters will be last.



May 7 – 2014

Weather looks like it is improving where the overnight lows are not predicted to be in the double digit negatives anymore. Seeded lettuce, various micro greens, in my new planter with cold frame on it last night. Seeded some more lettuce – endive – in the greenhouse and some vines tonight.

I’ve been turning soil where I can. Putting cold frames on the planters has really helped to thaw the dirt.

One thing I figured out is that nasturtium seeds have shells that need to be broken into to get at the actual seed. Ooops. Only noticed this when I looked at some store bought seeds.

Planted some lettuce and vine seeds inside for the living room window a couple days ago or so.

Some lettuce has sprouted under my lights in the basement. Tomatoes are doing well. Basil is slow – as it usually is for the first 2/3 weeks after sprouting.

More later….



May 1, 2014 Update

No signs of lettuce sprouting in greenhouse but have managed a couple of weeds. Planted some lettuce seeds on April 18th, and then again on April 26th. The second bunch probably has a better chance but the weather has been up and down. Gets quite cold some nights. It is suppose to go down to -14C tonight (well around 5Am or so). We have had about a centimetre or two of blowing snow (under an inch). Weekend weather looks cool but likely sunny (fingers crossed).

Also planted some nasturtium seeds (seeds from last years crop) in pots in the greenhouse. It will be interesting to see if they make it.

I have been digging up planter boxes and moving dirt around. Soon will add manure, peat and sand to the boxes to fresh’n things up.

Finished another lettuce planter box – picture to come – for the deck. Also have started building four new 8′ sections of lattice for the deck. Will eventually get some peas going on them and some flowering vines.

Transplanted tomatoes into larger containers this past weekend – still under lights. Also seeded some more basil, and previous seeding (about two weeks ago) has sprouted (also under lights). Tonight I seeded some lettuce to be started under lights inside just in case the ones in the greenhouse don’t start. Likely should have done this sooner. As it won’t be long til lettuce will be able to survive outside in the planter boxes – covered at night perhaps. Need to make note of this as I tend to forget to get a good wave of lettuce seeded sooner than later as it takes awhile to build a critical mass of supply for my spouse’s insatiable demand.

Until tonight, the snow had pretty much had melted outside of mounds and places in the woods.

Buds showing on the Saskatoon Berries (even though the base of the plants are well covered in snow) and Haskap Berries look to be showing fresh growth.

Need to finish working the dirt (turning and juicing up w/ fresh stuff) in the planter boxes. Will soon be starting on my large multi-box ground level planter.