Lessons learned in the freezing cold!

January 5th, 2016

We had quite the night last night. Was one degree this morning so assume it got even colder last night. With a built-in wood stove you’d think we would be okay…but not the case! Wood stove just couldn’t keep up. Who knew this growing thing in the middle of winter would be so dang hard...well, probably all of you knew but me:).

Lesson #1: Keep wood stove going at all times (need to load every 3 hours or so to keep up when this cold). Plus added turning on propane tank for 10 min in each lane tent every few hours as well. Plus, the Eureka moment…when we added the propane tanks the lanes stayed warmer than they were with the temps higher. However, this will add more humidity as we just learned. But 48 degrees in lane tents may be worth it…that’s awesome! It was in the 30’s. We just need to keep it above freezing and the micro greens will be okay..however, they grow A LOT slower when it’s so cold so hoping to have faster growth and production and actually be able to provide these beautiful, sustainable micro greens to our first customer!

Lesson #1 Leads me to Lesson #2…..don’t leave the micro greens that you are about to harvest sitting on the front porch when it’s freezing! They were on the porch for one hour and looked fine, just felt a little frozen. Brought them inside and poor little things just started wilting away:(. Also, due to the freezing in the “white-house” (as we like to call it) I knew almost right away from my lessons learned yesterday that plants in the grow lanes, even though looked fairly decent, were goners! So…after a few tears this morning on a lot of hard work FROZEN and my husband telling me to not get defeated (sometimes a girl just needs to cry!)…..by the end of the day my attitude has changed, God is in control and everything is going to be OKAY! Those dang emotions just get in the way sometimes! God has a way of teaching us things through this crazy thing we call life and winter! It’s not usually the good times that make us stronger and more like Christ, it’s these grin and bear it, being outside in face-numbing conditions and having to put my big-girl face on, along with my big-girl pants! My hubby got me the ultimate big-girl pants for Christmas! You've gotta get a pair of these! They certainly make life on Raymond Ranch a little easier. I’m going to have to write a whole blog post about these big-girl/big-boy onesies:).

“…we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love, into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us”. Romans 5:11

Scripture for thought: 2 Timothy 2


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