After days of rain, the sun came out this afternoon. Yay!!! It can get pretty dreary in the Seattle area during springtime, so sunny days are greatly appreciated. The nice weather today gave us (well, Derek) the opportunity to finish and deploy the chicken tractor. You can see the tractor in this video. The great thing about the video is that Lily (my 5-year-old) spontaneously decided to help me narrate the video. Apparently, she really has been listening to me when I talk about all our sustainability projects!
The chicken tractor was the big positive event of the weekend. Some other things in the garden have not been going well, or are at least raising questions for me. So on to my requests for advice:
- I have mushrooms growing in the soil in my greenhouse. The soil in the greenhouse came in a huge batch I had delivered last fall from a landscaping company. These are small brown mushrooms that I can easily remove, but what does this tell me about the soil? Good, bad, or indifferent?
- Ants have made their way into the greenhouse. These are red and black harvester ants, the kind that build large ant nests. Any suggestions for deterring them from the greenhouse?
- I think my LED lights are a bust. I selected the LED light panels because of their low energy usage. I’ve been keeping track of the progress of my plants compared to Sinfonian’s and DoubleD’s and my plants are definitely behind in their growth. So I am thinking about a new system, but want to keep the energy usage as low as possible. Any suggestions?
Here’s hoping everyone caught at least a few rays of sunshine this weekend.