Our fruitful hobby at our Duluth Inn during the Pandemic

At our Duluth Bed and Breakfast while the Inn is temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 virus, we are spending time in the lower level of the Inn growing tomatoes and flowers to be enjoyed this summer.  We have lots of space, many sawhorses and table tops with lights, fans and plenty of heat. Its a beautiful place to hang out!

Living in Duluth can be very challenging for growing many plants because of the short growing season and the coolness along Lake Superior.  It is sometimes hard to generate the right amount of heat for a good growing season. Tomato plants are especially tricky as those sold in garden centers are the same varieties that at sold all over the Midwest.  Innkeeper Jim was on a mission to find seeds from a company that sold early varieties with shorter days of maturity.  He finally decided on seeds form the Victory Seed company which have numerous varieties for cold climates.  He settled on six varieties with seeds originating from Siberia, North Dakota, and, just for fun, Mexico!

Cosmos and marigold plants

Trays of cosmos and marigold seedlings growing at The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek B&B

Cosmos seedlings

Cosmos seedling reaching for the light

A few years ago we had a bumper harvest of so many tomatoes that we canned many quarts and pints of homemade salsa.  Presently, there are about 180 tomato plants growing in the basement as shown in the pictures. Innkeeper Joy saved seeds from cosmos plants, alyssum and marigolds last year.  She dried them and planted them and that is what is growing on the flower side of our indoor gardening.  In the dining room there are several geranium plants already blooming as they love the sunlight there.


Geranium plants enjoying the Firelight dining room sunshine

Tomato seedlings

Tomato plants growing at The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek Bed and Breakfast

We’ll keep you posted as Spring and Summer progresses and and this hobby continues. We hope you have found a fruitful hobby to keep busy during this health crisis and we hope to see many of you this year at The Firelight Inn. Gift certificate purchases are a great way to help keep cash flowing and keep us in business so you can keep coming back and back.

Good health to all.

Jim and Joy Fischer
The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek Bed and Breakfast
Duluth, Minnesota

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