[Market-farming] Hoophouse Experiment Zone 8
bullrunfarm at hughes.net
Thu Oct 14 10:06:03 EDT 2010
50 miles west of Dothan? Do you even have winter down there? When I
came back form Vietnam, in November of 1968 I was sent to sit out the
rest of my time with an ambulance company at Fort Rucker which is
what? 25 miles north. I only remember one frost in the two and a
half winters I spent down there. (sort of kidding, that one frost
lasted moist of a month and froze the cooling system of my dodge dart
which had only water in its leaky radiator). I also remember the
huge piles of watermelons on the side of the road in what was the
early spring selling at 8 for a dollar. How much do regular icebox
watermelons go for now?
My experience with hoophouses is almost 900 miles north in northern
Virginia. Does your house have roll up sides? We get really hot
here. This spriing one of our houses got up to 130 degrees by 11 am
when one morning we were late rolling up the sides. But then, on the
other end, we lost four 96 X 17 houses when the hoops all bent and
came tumbling down under last winter's 37 inches of snow. My message
is to expect the unexpected.
The Plains, Virginia
(ten miles west of the Manassas (Bull Run) civil war battlefields)
We are just starting out with a 72 x 26 hoophouse. We have lettuce,
cukes and tomatoes growing at the moment. Does anyone have experience
with a hoophouse this far south? We are zone 8, about 50 miles west
of Dothan, Alabama. Crops grown, temperature management (especially
with multiple crops in the house). We have made it through our second
summer of market farming and are working to expand our growing
season. Would also love to hear from anyone else growing in this
So much to learn and only so many hours in a day.
Thanks for your input,
Wendy's Produce, Kinston, AL
<mailto:info at wendysproduce.com>info at wendysproduce.com
Working to make the old family homestead thrive again.
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