Thursday, April 9, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
The soil temperature of the lowest terrace in the greehouse...we shall see how the new fertilizer mix (poultry manure, compost, and seaweed/shells) heats things up in the next week or so. On a sunny day the greenhouse air temperature gets high enough to have to open the door and windows to vent, as high as 100 degrees. Not exactly a bad place to do some work.
Lettuce newly germinated under the lights...what amazing information seeds hold...this is not sterile soil but it was light enough to work, also I figure that those seedlings that succumbed to damping off is kind of like survival of the fittest, I have already gotten rid of the more disease succeptable seedlings...but new potting soil should be arriving soon to germinate the rest of the seeds with...spring is just around the corner!!!
the seaweed, kelp, and shells are ready to mix into the newly workable soils along with plenty of poultry manure, compost, and gypsum...you can still see the remaining kale...we covered their roots with a little extra soil and straw (from the tundra/beach, no seed heads!) and cover them loosely when there is a danger of a heavy frost....last day of Februrary and so far so good....they are very hearty plants, one just has to keep up with them so they don't bolt...which is exactly what they are going to do when they start growing more in a month or so yet, it has and will provide us with greens until things get going this spring...
and even these strange, sausagey, looking creatures...harbour seals and cormorants on whirl point reef...the seals have a "white" stage in the winter months that ranges in intensity with each individual seal. We tried to get as close as we could with out sending them back into the water. The stellar sea lions will become more numerous soon, in a month or two.