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 a New Gardening Season

Planning for a New Gardening 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...
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...
Why We Prune and Top Tomatoes

Why We Prune and Top Tomatoes

Don’t feel bad about ruthlessly pruning and topping your tomatoes. Feel HAPPY that you’re directing all that spectacular growth power into ripening the fruit that is on the vine.  The fruit needs to get to a mature size so that the growth hormones evolve to ethylene...