[Market-farming] High Tunnel Winter Growing

Mike Rock mikerock at mhtc.net
Tue Nov 24 10:25:09 EST 2009


Bill,
When I thought of this it was first dig a trench and fill it, then place 
soil or your flats in contact with the manure/compost.  Then I thought 
of putting the compost between two rows of small bales that define the 
edges of the house, so the composting takes place from ground level up 
and you can muck it out in the spring to use as compost.  I guess a 
layer of plastic would prevents salts leaching, but then again you could 
use the fertile juices soaking down and move the house location, if 
possible.

I KNOW I am going to try it!!  Lots of compost materials here with draft 
horses and rotten bales.  Our neighbor dumped a few hundred round bales 
over the bank one day, made us sick.  Way too far down the hill to 
recover.  This year we are going to keep an eye and ear out for rotten 
round bales.  Also, north of us in Verona there is a guy advertising on 
Craig's list...'come get free horse manure, fill your truck up' and he 
loads it for you.  There are stables all over around here that can't 
even give it away.

God bless you all.

Mike

Bill Shoemaker wrote:
> To take the idea another step, perhaps you could use hoops and clear plastic over the trenches to keep the compost cooking, while planting between the trenches. The crops would receive the benefit of additional heat and rich nutrients nearby. The system could be covered with spun-bonded poly at night to hold the heat in. 
> 
> Hmm, I may just have to experiment with this! Any other ideas to leverage this model?
> 
> Bill
> 
>> 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. 
>>
>> Bill
>>
>>
>>> 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
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
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>>> [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mike Rock
>>> Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 5:44 PM
>>> To: Market Farming
>>> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] High Tunnel Winter Growing
>>>
>>> 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.
>>>
>>> Mike
>>>
>>>
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