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Is it time to try a hoop house?

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Is it time to try a hoop house?

Post  WardinWake on 9/2/2010, 11:15 am

Howdy Folks:

This info from Johnny's Select Seeds that I found interesting.


Hoophouse and Quick Hoops™ Crops

Swiss ChardWith an unheated hoophouse or Quick Hoops™ covered with greenhouse poly, you can have fresh produce to sell until Thanksgiving and beyond. Choose vegetables that are cold-tolerant, and remember to add about 14 days to the days to maturity printed in the catalog to account for slower growth as the days get shorter.

Here are our picks for sweet, crisp, fall and winter vegetables. »

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Winter Markets and Value-Added Products

Lavender Wreath Although 88% of U.S. farmers markets are open less than six months a year, there is a definite trend toward stretching the market season in fall or holding special holiday markets. In addition, many communities have craft markets where farmers can sell value-added products. Many growers create a line of value-added products that they can sell after the main produce season is over. If you haven't specifically grown crops with value-added products in mind, this is a good time to survey your markets for potential niches. You might also find that you already have the materials for products you can sell this fall, as a way of testing the water.

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Crops Don't forget to stock up for your own table. You'll find all the details in the book How to Store Your Garden Produce. If frost threatens suddenly, go through your fields and glean whatever odds and ends you can find. Almost everything can be frozen and used in soup later. Most veggies should be blanched (scalded briefly in hot water) before freezing. Some veggies don't even require blanching, but can be frozen raw.

God Bless, Ward and Mary
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Re: Is it time to try a hoop house?

Post  martha on 9/2/2010, 12:06 pm

I have been planning on winter gardening all year. I really hope I find the time to get it organized and in place!

JSS sends some wonderful information, don't they?
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Which varieties?

Post  ander217 on 9/3/2010, 8:31 am

@WardinWake wrote: Choose vegetables that are cold-tolerant, and remember to add about 14 days to the days to maturity printed in the catalog to account for slower growth as the days get shorter.

Here are our picks for sweet, crisp, fall and winter vegetables.

Ward, would you please list those varieties they recommended for fall and winter veggies?
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