Other greenhouse projects: some weblinks

Lately, we’ve encountered lots of writings about greenhouse projects. First, this article in the Quoddy Tides, a newspaper in Down East Maine describes some greenhouses, some of them privately owned and some run by schools or other organizations.

Then we received word that Jeff Vraets had subscribed to our posts. Welcome, Jeff! We checked out his blog and found this description of his new hoop house. It was unclear whether he was planning to use it year-round, though.

From Jeff’s blog, we hopscotched to these two blog sites, with entries on greenhouses and/or winter harvest: Henbogle and Fast Grow the Weeds.

It’s great to read that others are experimenting with greenhouses for extending the growing season and year-round harvesting!

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4 Responses to Other greenhouse projects: some weblinks

  1. jeffevraets says:

    Hey guys, thanks for linking to my blog. I’ll go ahead and answer your question about using the hoop house year round. I doubt it. I am not planning on using multiple layers of plastic with air blown in, or a heat source. Here in Wisconsin, like in Maine our winters will not allow much heat (growth). I am hoping to extend the season for cold weather crops…lettuce, spinach, beets, etc. and get an earlier start in Spring.
    Much Success to you!
    Jeff Evraets

    • Lisa D. says:

      Hi, Jeff. We’re in Zone 5 or 6 (depending on which map you’re reading) and are harvesting all winter. We have no heat source in our hoop house. The only concession we make to really cold weather is to add a layer of agribon (fabric row cover). Because of this mild winter, we’ve hardly had to do that this year. You’re right that the plants won’t grow (much) in the cold weather. But if you plant cold-hardy crops in late summer or fall and get them established, you can harvest all winter, as we’ve been doing.

      • jeffevraets says:

        Thanks, very encouraging! I watched a web video from the University of Utah where they talked about how much that row cover helped retain heat. I would love to keep lettuce growing all winter!

  2. Lisa D. says:

    It’s doable, Jeff. If you are looking for more information, read back through our blog, and we highly recommend Eliot Coleman’s Winter Harvest Handbook, which provides lists of varieties that do well and when to plant them.

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