Thanks to the slow, but bright, break-up season this year, spring fever seems to be breaking out early this year. According to Ron Sexton, owner of Trinity Greenhouse, where beautiful flowers are already in bloom, a cure for those early itchy green thumbs would be a visit to Trinity Greenhouse on K-Beach Rd.
"Starting too early can get you into trouble if you're not careful, but enjoying what we have growing here and smelling the flowers and beautiful colors can get you energized and reduce the spring fever a bit," said Sexton. If you just can't resist the urge to get your hands in the dirt right now, Ron says there are a variety of plants available that you can get going indoors. "We have a variety of windowsill tomatoes like Red Robin and Tumbler tomatoes that are a small basket type that you can grow in your home and eventually put outdoors once things heat up and risk of freezing conditions passes. A lot of folks are getting their herb gardens started this time of year with seeds or our starter plants that we have available," he said.
In the 35 some years that Ron and his brother Dan Sexton have been on the Kenai Peninsula, he says there is one thing you can count on this time of year and that is the is the inconsistency of the weather. Recalling a mid-May six inch snowfall that hit the area one year, Ron said, "It's hard to predict what will happen this spring but let's be hopeful that it'll be a normal spring where things warm up as we go through April and into May and we don't have excessive winds or cold move in. Obviously 2008 in my opinion at that point in time was the coldest spring, summer, and fall that we had as well as being windy. And then came 2010, which was worse than 2008 in my opinion because it had a lot of wind and harsh cold through the entire year so it wasn't a great gardening year, with the exception of potatoes which always seem to do well. But let's hope we have a good summer and right now we're off to a good start."
The Sexton's moved to Alaska in the '70's from California where they were in the construction and camper building business, but always had a heart for horticulture. "Before we moved here we took the Cheechako News, which use to be printed in Ridgeway, and we read where GE was doing an indoor hydroponic system with the Kenaitze Tribe in Kenai. We were looking at moving to the Kenai Peninsula, and we thought maybe we could go to work over there as both Dan and I were interested in horticulture and had a lot of gardening experience, but when we got up here word got out that we had construction background and we started building custom homes and then selling residential greenhouses and progressed to what we have here today at Trinity Greenhouse. It's our passion and we love what we do no matter how many hours we have to put in, it's very inspiring and invigorating and I get spring fever just as hot as everyone else this time of year," he said. Ask a customer why they buy their plants from Trinity and most always they'll reply "The quality of the plants and the friendly information on how to grow them successfully." Trinity has also become famous for their original and on site produced "The Masters Mix" potting soil. "It's all made right here. We bring in raw products from Canada, South Africa, California, and Nevada and blend them together right here to produce a premium Alaska potting soil. There is nothing on the market that will out perform or even come close to performing what our Masters Mix will do." Ron says folks have already called and driven down from Anchorage to stock up. "They came in and loaded up 16 bags, and others have put as many as 30 bags in their pick-up. It's performance proven and I guess they want to make the drive worthwhile," laughed Ron. Anytime you stop by Trinity Greenhouse on K-Beach Rd. you'll find it a worthwhile and invigorating experience.
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