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Greenhouse Expansion

by Amy

The plants were quickly running out of room, I think the tomatoes are plotting world domination.

So, today’s supply run to Grande Prairie included a new set of shelves (only $35 from Costco) and the last 2, 3ft lights from Home Depot (I wanted to buy 4). This gives me 5 out of 7 possible shelves with lighting for my mini indoor greenhouse.

Thankfully it was leftover night, because as soon as we got home, the shelves went up, and were wrapped in the last of the vapor barrier bits we had left over. I hung the lights, and moved everything but the tomatoes over. I spaced the overcrowded tomatoes out, which let me see that not 100% are thriving: there’s a couple plants that are rather stunted, but still growing, and a few that aren’t quite enthusiastic as others at trying out for the Fastest Growing Tomato Award, but also growing alright. Overall though, they’re definitely planning domination.

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This weekend will including getting the long planters I bought a couple weeks ago, filled with dirt and herb seeds, and getting the rhubarb plant I picked up today, planted in a larger planter to be transplanted sometime in June.

It was 21c today. As wonderfully sunny and warm as it was, I have to admit I’m nervous about what this summer will bring us in terms of fires and drought after a pretty dry winter. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for some regular rain to help out.

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Domenic April 20, 2021 - 8:31 am

Just found your site and love it! I’m also in Alberta, having a go at my first garden this year.. Some of my seedlings are already so big I’m getting antsy! Do you have any tips for peas? I started them only a wk ago in 2″ dia. peat pots but they’re already sprouted up and most are over 4″ already! Keep up the good work and best of luck with your farm!

Amy April 20, 2021 - 1:53 pm

Hello Domenic! Thank you for the kind words :) Being totally honest, I haven’t had a chance to grow peas or beans since I was in Oregon, over 10 years ago, in a climate that allowed me to direct seed early in the season. Alberta has presented me with a lot of new experiences in so many ways.

I do know that legumes like peas and beans are quite sensitive to nitrogen so be careful with any fertilizer you use. I burned my first seedlings by laying fresh cut grass on them, oops! Roots like room to grow, so if you need to go to bigger pots before they can go outside, try not to disturb the roots as much as possible. Then lots of light and keep the soil moist afterwards. Best of luck to you! -Amy

Domenic April 21, 2021 - 2:34 pm

Thanks Amy! I managed to thin the peas out into some bigger solo cups similar to yours.. Might try and throw some into some big grow bags I have on route.. plan to direct sow into some garden beds after last frost as well, but that’s still so far away!

Amy April 24, 2021 - 8:27 am

That sounds like a great plan! Good luck and welcome to one of the best “hobbies” ever!