Resources for Workshop on High Tunnels:CT/NOFA 2012 Winter Conference
Resources for Workshop on High Tunnels
CT NOFA END OF WINTER CONFERENCE
March 3, 2012
Why Some Plants Don’t Freeze
Frost resistant plants prevent water from freezing inside plant cells. Basically plants do this either by dessication, so the water solution in the cell is so concentrated with other molecules that is it does not freeze, or by synthesizing the equivalent of antifreeze, either high concentrations of sugars or betaines. Thanks to Dr. Martin Gent
Johnny's Selected Seeds
955 Benton Avenue
www.johnnyseeds.com 1 800 854 2580
They are always friendly, great service and warranty
policy. Di Coty knows a lot about salad greens
Waterville, Me 04903
Seed Savers Exchange
3094 North Winn Road,
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Phone: (563) 382-5990
813 Brook Rd.Wolcott, VT 05680
1 802 888 1800
Wild Garden Seed
PO Box 1509
Philomath. OR 97370
this company has really interesting brassicas-worth checking out
BOOKS AND OTHER READING MATTER
The Winter Harvest Manual by Eliot Coleman A great resource book. Order from Fedco or directly from Eliot at Four Seasons Farm RR Box 14 Harborside, Me 04642
Growing for Market June/July 2010
Hoophouse update: most profitable uses
Growing for Market January 2010
High Tunnels Manual
Tracey Frisch and Ted Bloomgren
a SARE grant with video. manual is availabe free on line at uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/videos/hightunnels.html
Dripworks 1 800 522 3747 user friendly place, helps you figure out what you need to do
1 717 445 6976
East Earl, PA
Best prices on irrigation equipment and row cover. Fast delivery
Growell Greenhouses Cheshire , CT 1 203 272 8147 Mike Tripedino. Mike has walked me thru putting up my own house. He is friendly, very interested in helping people solve greenhouse problems. He will also send crews to erect houses and re-cover them
Growing for Market
PO Box 3747
Lawrence, KS 66046
an informative-thoughtful magazine. Often has useful articles about growing winter greens. Supportive of organic, sustainable agriculture. Also, many timely articles about market growers issues and national issues. Editor Lynn Byczynski, is extremely ready to help you find useful books on their online store
PLANTING SUGGESTIONS FOR HIGH TUNNELS
Baby Salad Mix-Now through Oct 15. A late planting of lettuce in mid November is excellent for early spring production. Small leafed lettuce can withstand the winter, whereas larger leaves will turn to mush
Fall Brassicas:including arugula, mustards, tatzoi plant early october at the latest. while these cultivars are frost resistant-they really aren’t that good at it.
Red russian and redbor kale-very much the winter warrior varieties. they will survive outside with nothing to protect them.
Claytonia-plant in late September and start harvesteding in late January, early February
Beets-now through mid September
Carrots- plant right now. Good choices are napoli, nelson, and suarsnax
Radishes,particularly easter egg, d’avignon and cherriette all through September
Spinach, renegard, tyee,samish, regiment and giant winter (from high mowin). the latter is the best tasting winter spinach bare none.
turnips, tokyo cross and haukeri -mid august through mid september
PLANTING SUGGESTIONS FOR LOW TUNNELS
Low tunnels are also low cost, but need to be constructed properly. Tunnels should be 30”maximum with numerous sand bags to hold the plastic down. Consider burying one side and sandbagging the other. Can be a painful tastk to recover in a cold early winter wind.
Best results we’ve experienced is with late carrots planted in mid December. They’ll get established before the onset of winter and set themselves up for early harvest in mid to late may
Beets and Chard-late planting work great for them, also.
Lettuce-same goes for lettuce. Try Jonnny’s five star greenhouse lettuce. It just seems to work great for late plantings.
OTHER CROPS TO CONSIDER FOR HOOPHOUSES
Potatoes: planted in early April and protectted from cold by rowcover. Get a real jump on this popular crops
Raspberries, strawberries, black berries: there’s a lot of people out there doing this. we’re considering a fall planting of strawberries. (see issue of Growing for Market August 2011)
Flowers: haven’t done this, but so many advantages from pest and frost protectiion.
Ty and David Zemelsky
Star Light Gardens
54 Fowler Ave.
Durham, CT 06422
860 463 0166