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Winter Gardening

Post  camprn on 9/21/2011, 7:11 pm

Nice blog post http://blog.gardeners.com/2011/04/mini-tunnels-for-winter-crops.html


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Post  madnicmom on 9/21/2011, 9:46 pm

Interesting. thank you for the post.


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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 9/21/2011, 10:43 pm

This part is pure brilliance!

"For my low-growing crop of greens, I use a two-hoop design — essentially a tunnel within a tunnel. The inner tunnel is made with a 28-30" segment of fencing; the outer tunnel with a 34-36" segment....Why two tunnels? The gap between acts as an insulation layer, which can be supplemented with a layer of clear bubble-wrap if you grow especially tender greens or have severe winters. "

We have talked a little about hoops. I am working on a post about mine to come along shortly. First, it's not this articulate. Second, it's not this intelligent when it comes to cushioning the air in layers. My mind is blown, and I will eventually be incorporating this.....as soon as I can figure out how I will gain easier access to my plants.

Also, bear in mind that watering in the winter is extremely important to monitor. The plants are growing slowly, so they don't need much. Moreover, a sun-warmed bucket.....or a bucket or two kept inside.....would really help when temps are really cold and your hose is put away.


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Re: Winter Gardening

Post  AprilakaCCIL on 9/22/2011, 12:25 am

That is super cool!!! But I'm not spending anymore money right now...Maybe Santa will bring me some goodies.


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Post  Mamachibi on 9/22/2011, 5:31 pm

Oooh, thanks. I love the thought of not having to do without greens in the winter.


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