[Market-farming] QUESTION: High tunnels

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Mon Nov 15 09:06:54 EST 2004


You might want to consider plastic covers permanently and irrigate with drip
underneath. Florida vegetable growers are adopting this and finding reduced
disease problems/better plant health and greater productivity and quality.



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From: Karen Sutherland <ksutherland at hampshire.edu>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Sunday, November 14, 2004 8:03 AM
Subject: [Market-farming] QUESTION: High tunnels


>I've never used high tunnels and am wondering if they would be adaptable
>to our rotations in this rainy windy tropical climate.  For example, if
>we were growing peppers or tomatoes, we would need bird netting as
>cover, but when it's broccoli or beans we might want the cover to be
>plastic to control rain, and when it's lettuce or cilantro, maybe shade
>cloth.  Is it nuts to think about the covers being so interchangeable?
>Are there designs for high tunnels that would facilitate such
>(2-3x/year) changes of covering (or perhaps the addition of a shade
>cloth or plastic covering over a permanent bird netting)?  Is it
>advisable for all thumbs (green though) folks to build by self or better
>to buy kit?   Are high tunnels workable on sloped land or need the
>surface be pretty flat?  Any advice, suggestions, experience, thoughts
>would be greatly appreciated.
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>Thanks and Best wishes to all,
>
>Karen
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>*Karen Sutherland **
>**Roots Farm**
>Organic Produce : Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs*
>Cockrane, Dominica
>767-449-3038
>rootsfarm at marpin.dm <mailto:rootsfarm at marpin.dm>
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