2013 - The Year In Review

" The Good, The Bad & The Ugly "


The greenhouse completely sold out! Thousands of tomato, pepper and lettuce plants went to new homes, with not one ending up in the compost pile!

For this I have all of my customers - old and new - to thank. Without your continued patronage and sharing of the Michigan Heirlooms name I am sure this wouldn't have happened. As such, I will continue to do my best to keep your trust and retain your future business.


Greenhouse reglazing

As if there isn't enough to do in the early spring, we decided that the greenhouse could not go one more season without being re-glazed. The original greenhouse (the first 24') was erected in 1993. The second 24 feet were added three years later.

The poly-carbonate had become almost opaque, and the plants were stretching for sunlight.

In the photo to the left, you can see just how discolored the panels had become (lower left). The top right of the photo shows the new panels installed. There are no panels in between the ribs in the lower right part of the photo.

Par for the course, this little 'project' went from a 'weekend and a couple of extra sets of hands', to a full week and six adults. It was a lot of work, but I couldn't be more pleased!

A big shout of "THANKS" to Jon, my Dad, my friend Ken Wilke, my sister and brother in law, Kelly and Andy Heer, and of course, my niece and nephew, Danielle and David. I couldn't have gotten it done without you guys!

I'd also like to thank Turner Greenhouse, for all their assistance.


Pine trees in center of garden

For years I’ve been planting around two large evergreens and a pin oak that were growing in the center of the garden; a pain in the rear end, to say the least.

We finally had a tree spade company come in and transplant them to the existing hedgerow along the perimeter of the property.

I have no idea why I don't have an 'after picture', so you'll just have to come and see for yourself.


My only feeble explanation is that I must have gone a bit stir crazy over the 2012 winter,

Tomatoes set out in the garden