The winter weather has been unpredictable this year. Snow, rain, ice and arctic temperatures. We have even had a few 40-50 degree days thrown in to the mix. At Angel Wing Farm we have been challenged by our greenhouse and shop heating systems this year. That’s correct, I said systems, plural. We have an outdoor wood boiler that burns wood, an indoor pellet boiler and since January we have an oil boiler. The oil boiler wasn’t our first choice for heating, but Steve had struggled with keeping the greenhouses warm throughout the fall and early winter, often times starting at 6 am and ending at 10 pm. Due to some extremely cold spells, he also had to deal with ruptured water lines. In the end, we all decided that the installation of the oil burner would make life easier.
On a lighter note, I am excited to report that planting has begun for the 2019 season. On February 7th, Steve and Rich started the tomato seedlings. On February 10, Steve and I planted the ginger and turmeric. They will be growing in their grow bags in the seedling greenhouse for close to a year, before we harvest them. As you can see in the photos, first I had to break up the soil in the grow bags while Steve screened some 50/50 compost/biochar. Then after mixing the Pro-Mix potting soil with the 50/50, we planted the ginger and turmeric. It was a long two-day process. But it was great working together in the warm and sunny greenhouse. Soon we will be seeding the brassicas, onions, and the rest of the early season starts.