This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

mini hoop house

mini hoop house
This morning I quickly assembled a little hoop house to protect my freshly transplanted seedlings. I used PVC pipes and covered them with a few layers of row cover. The seedlings are all in their pots/trays underneath.

I made this hoop house to give the plants a little protection from the bright sun. It dries out the little pots so quickly. The breeze dries them out too. The 3 layers of fabric should let in about 70% of the sunlight and will hold in moisture. It'll also keep the trays warmer at night.

If it gets too cold, I'll bring the trays inside overnight. I don't expect to be able to plant the tomatoes and peppers until May 15 in my home garden. That's another 3 weeks.

Update on Saturday, April 26:
I changed the covering on my hoop house to a mid-weight clear plastic. It looks better. Also, I think the peppers did not like being outside at this temperature (day time highs of about 50-60, occasionally 70 or 80 F, nights usually down to 40 F). I brought them inside. Everything else seems fine, i.e. tomatoes, lettuce, marigolds, asters, hyssop, cosmos, ...


Anonymous Amy said...

I have a similar hoop house and I'm nervous about bringing my seedlings out there because of the drying out issue. You're brave!

April 27, 2008 8:42 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes. I worry about them. I'd rather they were inside so I could keep an eye on them. But the sunlight is better outside.

April 27, 2008 10:33 PM


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