Unheated hoophouses

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Fri Jul 19 09:51:51 EDT 2002

Based on your location, one layer should give you a hoophouse production
system that will allow production through Winter of cool-season veggies.
Then you can plant your warm-season veggies by mid-March, or perhaps
earlier. Perhaps the Weidegers can contribute to this thread. They've used
hoophouses in Kentucky for a long time. You should be able to find
references to their website in the archives. It hase some good images and
discussion of hoophouse production.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

>How important is two layers of poly for an unheated hoophouse?  I know it
>helps insulation values, but our site lacks power for the blower motor.
>Of course the greenhouse salesman is saying one is fine.  Will one layer
>work for fall lettuces and early spring tomatoes?  First frost is Oct 15,
>last is April 15.
>Jim and Julie Vaughn
>Rocky Glade Farm
>Eagleville, TN

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