In the greenhouse, it is so good to have our good friends back in force, planting, watering, and keeping the greenhouse clean and organized. They ensure everything is running on schedule both in the office and in the growing areas as the spring plants are readied for the inevitable change of weather.
Still in the grip of winter, the days begin to lengthen. Beautiful frozen sunrises peer into the warm greenhouse oasis, where miniscule dots of green indicate emerging plants. Benches full of native plants hint at lots of transplanting soon to be done.
The newest member of the Glacial Ridge team, Nicole, has been busily planting hanging baskets. Nikki comes to us with a varied background in management and is excited to learn the greenhouse business from the ground up. She loves the outdoors and enjoys foraging for wild edibles. She also propagates praying mantises for her garden. We welcome her bright, cheerful attitude and upbeat enthusiasm as we all learn new things each year, producing a crop of beautiful plants.
Another morning of three suns. Those “sundogs” indicate extremely cold, sub-zero temperatures. The cold has brought a lot of ice to area lakes and many people are spending a lot of time on the ice. Unfortunately, some of our wildlife are turning into ice. It’s a mean business outside for our deer and pheasants.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..