The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
We’ve definitely had some ups and downs this winter and not just those temperatures! Just after Christmas we had a heater go out in one of our propagation houses which caused the loss of some seedlings and set back some of our older plants. Luckily we don’t have all our seeds in one basket and many other plants are going strong in our other propagation house, or are sleeping under their winter blankets outdoors. As time goes by we will assess inventory to see what survived from prop house #1. It just means check for availability before you order for the next few months (our apologies about that).
Snowball #2 hit when during the -40 C cold snap we had, the combined snow load and frigid temps caused our greenhouse to collapse. Luckily no one was harmed and no actively growing plants were inside at the time. Fortunately the structure is sound and we hope to have it reskinned when the weather cooperates. In the meantime, please be patient with us as we find other solutions to keep things on track for this season (we already have a 3rd propagation house under construction to allow us to keep expanding as our plant inventory literally grows until they can go outdoors).
That was some bad and ugly. Now for the good. Our first workshop of the season went well despite a few hiccups (like the breaker blowing with just 3 kettles running;). A good turnout of wonderful people, great native teas and native baked goodies to try (I’ll post a recipe or 2), and lovely hosts. Arch Greenhouses are a great bunch to work with so please contact them to sign up for the next Wild Tea Workshop on Feb. 29, 2020. Other amazing workshop topics will be following throughout the year so check out Arch Greenhouses on Facebook.
On another good note, despite some losses we have new babies! All are naturally and locally grown and we have Alberta Native, Canadian Native, as well as some other cold hardy edibles and medicinals.
Here’s to hoping for a happier rest of the year in 2020!