As you may have been able to tell, we're just getting started this year.  We are getting equipment and growing space set up, which is challenging when one lives the same place they work.  This year being a success means that we can go find a greenhouse next year (perhaps one you can even shop at) at another location.  We're very excited that you've joined us in our bid to make this plan successful.  Our house is overflowing with over 4,000 plants at the moment, and a greenhouse would mean so much more for all of you next year.  Check out some of the projects we've been doing below, in order to accomplish our next goal.

 

 

Hydroponic Lettuce Production

 

Lettuce in Saskatchewan during the winter is pretty awful.  It travels a long way to get here.  Then there's the E. coli problems that most of the supply chain has seen.  We got fed up and started doing our own this winter.  We planted speckled lettuce, mesclun, and later romaine because our girls are caesar salad fanatics.  It's one of the easiest hydroponic crops to learn with because there is no fruiting process, just vegetative growth.  That means one does not need to change lights, nutrients, or any of the other special things that fruiting sometimes requires.

 

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Speckled Lettuce (Left), Mesclun (Right)

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Mini Romaine Variety

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This variety is a compact romaine, quick to mature

 

 

Hydroponic Strawberry Production

 

We've been playing with the idea of producing strawberries indoors during the winter.  As much as we'd like to say it was about business, it's about us being strawberry addicts.  We were sad to hear that the strawberry ranch in town closed down last year, and we feel that there is a niche that is now missing.  We're thinking about filling said niche in creative ways that all of Saskatoon can enjoy, and this is one of them.

 

We're growing 64 Seascape strawberry plants from the same batch we've made the strawberry baskets from.  Strawberries are one of the few crops out there that perform well using both hydroponic and soil techniques.  A lot of crops taste different when grown hydroponically, for instance.  Strawberries are not one of them, and the yield edge that hydroponics can bring to the table makes it a preferred method.  In this particular application, we're using deep water culture to grow them.  This means that the roots are fully submerged in water, which must be oxygenated or they drown.

 

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New plugs are pulled from the freezer

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Test gardens often find themselves in our basement

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First leaves, flowers - remove the flowers for

6 weeks to encourage leaf growth

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White roots mean they are happy

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4 weeks later, leaves larger than my hand

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6 weeks after planting, start letting flowers

grow in, pollinate, and fruit

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Quick comparison of hydroponics (left) and

soil (right), same batch of plants

started the same time

 

Vegetable & Flower Propagation

 

We've got lots of plants propagated and ready to go for your garden this year, so that you'll have strong plants ready to go for your planting day.  Check out For Sale and contact Morgann if you'd like to order.

 

Berries For Sale

 

We'll be selling the Seascape strawberries we produced above once they start yielding.  If you're interested in buying them, please contact Morgann.  It is likely we will continue to produce them into the winter if they are cost effective.