Gray mold botrytis on tomatoes

Gray mold botrytis on tomatoes

Your greenhouse is a glorious place for tomatoes to grow. It’s warmer than outdoors. Plants are protected from wind damage. The heat of the greenhouse warms the soil so the roots are happier and the plant grows faster and more lush. There is a challenge we have...
Snow load test

Snow load test

Q: How does the greenhouse handle snow load? A: Beautifully. Here’s Loren standing directly over what would be the weakest point, namely where the ridge beams connect on a 7×16’. All (ahem) 200lbs of my delightful partner are concentrated here on this one spot...
Planning for the new season

Planning for the new season

Every year at this time I reflect on last year’s garden and consider what improvements I can make to my Canadian prairie garden and greenhouse.  What will I plant? What did I grow last year that I loved? That I didn’t love? What changes can I make to my landscape or...
Aphids

Aphids

Pests: these green aphids and I are in battle for my African Violet this year. NEVER take a house plant into your greenhouse without being 100% it is bug free. A single aphid can produce 6 billion offspring in a season. Yes, BILLION! The strategy is to prevent getting...
Mid-October greenhouse tasks

Mid-October greenhouse tasks

Clear out leaf litter and any hide-away spider mites, remove dead plant material, sink overwintering pots. Keep the frost off with black barrel of water, insulation against the north wall and a small heater for frosty overnights. And I *meant* to say PESTICIDE, not...