This year was a very temperate winter here in central Indiana.
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Which means that I could have had fresh tomatoes in December if only I had one of these bad boys.
That's all the argument it took to get Josh on board. The man would sell at least one of the kids for a constant supply of fresh tomatoes.
Really - I have had my eye on hoop houses for awhile. They are an unheated plastic covered green house. Some have raised beds and some do not. Sizes are dictated by the craziness of the builder. They start the growing season earlier and they extend the season longer. I hear that you can grow cold hardy veggies like spinach year round in them. This will be a learning experience, but I am excited to master it.
Answer is - the orchard garden, but that has negatives too.
Such as -
No easy access to water. Something Josh says we can fix.
Partial shade at certain times of the day.
Not as close to the house as I would ideally like.
But if you turn those around - we can fix the water access, its mostly sunny, and is pretty close to the house.
The ground frame will be made from pressure treated lumber in a rectangle 14ft by 25ft. Inside will be three raised beds. A central one and one on each side. PVC pipes will span from one side to another. The ribs have to be wrapped in tape because they can have a chemical reaction with the plastic that will cause the plastic to erode. The gardening sites recommend wrapping the PVC in tape or painting it with latex paint.
That will need some fine tuning, but its a start.
Here are my anticipated costs:
Weed mat $20
Plastic cover )100
Attachment and misc hardware $20
Compost - free for the taking
Total estimate is $350
I predict it will take one full day of kid free working to get it done.