Our big concern was what to do with the plants when they got too big for the grow tables. In the city we have a grow room with big lamps powered by solar panels. Unfortunately it isn’t big enough to handle all the plants for both places. It is our plan to make a greenhouse out of reclaimed house windows but that doesn’t help things this year. I broke down and bought another 1000 watt metal halide grow lamp for the farm. It will broadcast a light foot print of 10 X 10 feet of useable light. We will need to rotate the plants around every week or so to keep the ones on the outside edges from getting leggy but this seemed to be the best answer. I am not feeling too guilty about it as it will only be on about 8 weeks per year. It is our goal to go wind and solar at the farm as well.
I transplanted 55 of the 150 tomato plants into larger pots today; then, of course, I ran out of potting soil with the nearest nursery a two hour round trip drive. Oh well, something to do next week to keep me busy! The peppers and egg plants will get repotted as well but they will be put under my T5 light banks. They put out a ton of light and aren’t terribly hot. All in all everything appears to be doing well. Outdoor planting will commence with the cool weather crops in the city in about two weeks. I have to get out and repair some of the hoop huts from the gale force winds we had this winter. The rest, mid – May. In the meantime, I am building wind-breaks in the garden area. Some tips from the folks in town here indicate that the high winds here can desiccate a garden in no time so the more wind breaks the better. I am probably going to be using drift fencing attached to steel T-Posts along the garden paths. I suspect that mid-summer I will be needing shading cloth for the tomatoes too. What a fun experience but such a challenge at the same time. Will it work? Stay tuned, we haven’t written that chapter yet!