Monday, April 27, 2009
The thermometers are capturing the temps inside and outside the high tunnel, taking readings several times a day. Later, Bill will connect the thermometers to a computer graphing program so we can see exactly how much weather protection our little "greenhouse" is affording us.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Meanwhile, Bill went ahead and put a few San Marzano tomatoes last week along with a few Russian fingerling potatoes.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Here are some low-cost, low-tech hoop houses I've seen out in the blogosphere. Neither looks nearly as effective as what we've got going on here at the Extension, but we'll have to follow them and see how they do.
I was a little concerned about the heat under the plastic row covers on Saturday afternoon, but since we were expecting snow again on Sunday, I wasn't sure I should remove it. Maybe if I had been dedicated enough to drive back that evening to put it back on, things would have been okay. As it was, the plants got roasted.
Bill arrived on Sunday afternoon and took some temperature readings. Here's a recap:
- The raised bed (outside the high tunnel ) had a soil temp of 46.
- Inside the high tunnel, the bed with floating row cover had a soil temp of 57.
- The bed with the plastic had a soil temp of 63.
Most of the plants under the plastic are suffering from sun scald. So we're done with the plastic now until fall. We’ll see if the plants pull through. We now know that the plastic will need to be replaced with floating row cover in March.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Of course, then there is the loose connector at the main faucet. I get a face wash every time I turn that one on. So all in all, I'm soaked, and I'm back to using plastic watering cans to water the garden.
Did I mention it rained ALL DAY yesterday. But of course, none of that precious moisture actually falls inside the high tunnel. Oh, yes, and let me also tell you it was SNOWING this morning. That was a nice bonus.