[Market-farming] High Tunnel Winter Growing

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at illinois.edu
Tue Nov 24 08:49:42 EST 2009

I wonder if you could use compost that is not quite done "cooking". Perhaps you could band it in trenches and plant crops between the trenches. 


> This is an interesting idea for heat - taking a hotbed and expanding
>the idea to an entire tunnel.  The biggest issue I could see is salt
>buildup.  High tunnels typically are covered the entire 4 years (or
>more) that the plastic lasts, and there is no rainfall to leach salts
>downward.  Even using animal manures in just amounts necessary for
>fertility can cause salts to buildup over time.
>Alison Wiediger, Au Naturel Farm, SC KY
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>A 'what if'.
>If ground temp is important, make a hot frame under the growing beds. 
>Fresh horse manure or freshly made horse manure compost will take months
>to work and can heat all or most of the winter.  My draft horses supply
>enough for a huge hi hoop.  More work, but a two foot deep composting
>frame, wall to wall, with a step up to working level will generate a
>winters worth of heat.
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