I've been making an effort to carry the camera around a bit more so I can post updates of our progress. So far, the prospects for 2013 are encouraging. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the work that's been happening at the farm, and some changes we've made this year. You can click any of the photos to enlarge them and get a better look at our progress.
The plants in the greenhouse have been growing well. We installed some foam board insulation and made some improvements to the plastic panels that drop down on top at night to capture heat. It worked well!
Here's a photo of the plastic panels lowered to protect the plants.
Here's what it looks like after we lift them up in the morning.
The warm spring has helped, of course, but we did have one frightful Saturday night when the water pump that sends heat under the plants broke, and as I tried fitfully to replace it and tighten leaks in the dark, the water heater ran out of propane. As if my adrenaline weren't high enough -- running around trying to find a space heater and install a little fan to circulate the warm air -- a skunk and I surprised each other. Did I get sprayed? Did half of our 10,000 plants perish in the frosty night air?