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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Hoop House is Complete! Well, Almost.

Yesterday we finally got the hoop house covered and ready to go. Except for one small thing, it does not have a door yet. Which means for the moment we are unable to actually go in the hoop house. But do not worry it will have one soon.We just need to finish attaching the plastic around where the door will be, cut the hole for the door, make the door and attach it. Then the planting inside can begin. Almost there, but I must say myself, that it looks pretty good.

We got lucky and yesterday was the perfect day to cover a hoop house. There was some wind when we first started but not very much. Then magically when it was time to cover the main large part the wind stopped completely. I could not believe it. I figured that we would get stuck covering this thing when it was windy. And since this is our first hoop house it is hard enough to figure out how to cover it when there is no wind. So I am so glad that it was not real windy. My parents came over to help us cover it, which helped a lot. We didn't really run in to any trouble, and luckily finished just in time before dark.

Since this is the first hoop house we have built I am not sure how well it will hold up, but when we know for sure if it can endure the torture of nature, I will have to make a post of how exactly we built it. Lets hope it holds up, it seems pretty steady and strong, but we will just have to wait and see.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hoop House Closer to Completion

The hoop house is almost ready for the plastic! If we do not get the plastic on tomorrow then we should be able to get it covered Wednesday, weather permitting of coarse. A really windy day is not the best day to cover a hoop house.

Lettuce planting time is almost here! As soon as we finish the hoop house and get a couple more fence sections in the ground, I will be planting the lettuce. As soon as the hoop house is done I will be filling it with mustard greens, swiss chard, beets, spinach, and some other types of greens. The things that are going in the hoop should have actually be planted already, but have not be able to plant them since the hoop is not finished. I will be so relieved and excited to finally get things in the ground. I am also going to be planting some onion sets, for scallions, once the hoop is done. I have to plant them next to the hoop and have not been able to do so because they would get trampled while we were working.

So as you can see everything getting planted is all dependent on the hoop house getting finished, which luckily it is finally very close to being completed.


I am happy to say that our garlic is looking good. I was worried about it for awhile since the area that we planted it in actually had sitting water for a while when they were just beginning to come up this spring. But so far they seem to be looking good and growing on schedule. I am so relieved, that would be a lot of wasted garlic, but they appear to be fine.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Hoophouse is Being Built!

I have kind of neglected the blog and website lately. Things have been kind of crazy. Our dog Copper who is diabetic was having a tough time. There is so much that has to be done right away. Seed planting, transplanting, moving around fences, cleaning up bean nettings, tilling, working on the new hoophouse, cleaning up our small hoophouse, getting things ready for the first market at Valley City, and I am sure I can think of many other things.

We finally got started on our hoophouse. We got a lot done in the day that we worked on it. I can not wait till the plastic is up, and planting can begin in it!

The beginning of the new hoophouse before all the hoops were up.

We still have a lot to do before the plastic goes on, but at least it is beginning to look like a hoophouse.