[Market-farming] Siting a hoophouse

Rachel Airmet rachel at sunshinefarmmarket.com
Tue Feb 20 13:36:02 EST 2007



Hi,

I'm a small vegetable grower from North Central Washington.  We are trying
to decide between two less-than-ideal places to site our 10x30 hoophouse
(for starting seeds).    We are on an irregular north facing slope and the
sunniest spots on the land are not options because of lack of power and lack
of water early in the season.  (We don't turn the irrigation pump on until
the end of March.)

Of the two sites we are considering, one is way closer to the house (so easy
access to power to plug in heating mats and run an electric heater at night,
but it gets probably about 30 minutes less direct sun on either end of the
day.  The other site is 150-200 feet from the house, so a little more of a
challenge to get power to it (an outdoor extension cord would be enough to
power heat mats, but I'd probably end up running a propane heater to keep
the temp up on cold nights--which has no thermostat, which is a bummer), but
it has water and that extra 30 minutes of sun on each end of the day.  Also
a little harder to access, just because it's up a short steep muddy hill,
though I can get my truck up to it on most days.

So my real question is how much am I losing by putting the hoop house in the
less sunny spot.  I could mitigate somewhat with fluorescent lights (kind of
a pain, and I don't have enough for all my plants).

Thanks for any thoughts you might have.

Rachel




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> Well, I suppose that clears it up for me.  It seems b/c I'm needing organic
> that's the problem.  I'm pretty sure that organic potatoes from the store
> don't have a sprout inhibitor applied.   I think this year I may follow
> Steve's suggestion of a small planting to start and try a later planting.
> I've never done this or even heard of it until the post a couple of days ago.
> I'll do a little reseach and see if it'll work for this area.    Thanks for
> the feedback!
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> Carol-Northeast OK
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> From: "Sharon and Steve" <shopkins at tdstelme.net>
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> Carol:
>   Dont know much about growing in OK but here in Maine we start in early May
> and work around the numerous rains till we are done. When doing 400 acres of
> potatoes sometimes it was late June before we were done and the 6 -7 week
> difference made almost no visible difference in the crop that was harvested.
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>   Good luck with whatever you try.
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