As the year comes to an end, we thought we’d give an update of all the changes that have been happening at our nursery. In 2014 we undertook major renovations, including building a new office and adding a second greenhouse and header house. Our office is a little log building that was built by trainee log builders using local wood. Our JCP landscaping crew has built a patio, a bridge, and some beautiful rock wall gardens around the office, using native plants from our nursery. Our vision is to use the building to showcase our ethnobotanical products, and for visitors to sit down, have a cup of tea and enjoy our mountain surroundings.
We also built a new greenhouse that has all the bells and whistles. The new greenhouse was put up parallel to the original greenhouse, doubling our growing space. The greenhouses are now heated, and the new one has overhead irrigation, bottom heat, and double walls. Right now we’re using the greenhouse for propagating sedges and grasses.
The header house is a lean-to building that connects the two greenhouses. It’s used for seed cleaning and storage, soil mixing, potting, and all the other nursery-related things we do. We heat the greenhouses and header house using a wood boiler.
One more exciting update… we now have a vacuum seed separator! This cool machine separates viable seeds from empty seeds and all the sticks and leaves that get mixed up in them during seed collection. You pour the seeds in one end of the machine, and it separates the viable, clean seeds into one bowl and the chaff into the other.
We wish you all a healthy, happy new year – come in and visit us if you’d like to check out our new digs! For some more photos check out our Facebook page – just search for Splitrock Environmental.