Showing posts from January, 2012

Bottom Heat

Starting seeds and cuttings is both faster and more effective with added bottom heat.

This is what I came upon last year... It works like a charm and is cost effective.

Talked to a friend of mine who has been running a small greenhouse operation for 25+ years... and this is what she recommended that I use.... yep, heated gutter cables. Apparently, she has been using them for years.  

They come in several lengths, are safe, inexpensive, and easy to use.

Last year, I just placed the cables on the table squished the gutter clips in between the boards to kinda pin the cable down  popped some wooden stakes onto the tables to keep the trays off of the cables ... and it worked a charm :)
However  the cable kept moving around was a bit of a fuss to deal with  though the bottom heat it provided was perfect.

This year...  I screwed the boards into the two 4' tables  went side to side this time, instead of top to bottom  Less stakes were used and no more movement all over the place...

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January Ramblings

Ah, Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humour...

January 1st - Woke up to a few inches of snow in our wet west coast climate :(
Wall Walla Onions and Mini -Roses
The winter onions poke through the snow cover

Little 'Lilah is 2 years old and 175 lbs of Mastiff She was overjoyed... and pranced around like a small pup (no she does not have upright ears, lol, this is mid-prance)
I was not nearly as happy... Honeoye Strawberry Patch
Then came days and days of rainfall... which I love :)

Causing our little creek bed to overflow it's banks

The greenhouse heater did not work all fall, they would repair it  and a day or two later it would be kaput again. Was finally fixed and running on December 23rd :) As it was so cool and damp  this lovely green stuff grew on all the porous pots... But..also on the greenhouse walls :( Therefor...
Fall cleaning in the greenhouse happened in January.. including the cleaning and sterilising of all the walls and table surfaces
to minimise the possibilit…