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Winter and early spring hoophouse harvest planning

publication date: Aug 1, 2016
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Our main reason for wanting a hoophouse was to have a good supply of winter cooking greens and salads, with some root crops and alliums for variety. Naturally, we found good uses for the protected growing space in spring and summer too. In order to get the most food from the space, our winter hoophouse crops are a mixture of direct sowings and transplants brought in from outside (in the fall), or grown inside and transplanted during the winter. We don't want to pull our summer crops any sooner than we have to, but this has to be balanced by planting the winter crops in good time so they'll grow big enough before they slow down or stop growing at all. I wrote about Hoophouse crops for winter harvest in the August 2010 issue of Growing for Market. That's a while ago and we have been merrily planting and harvesting ever since. This time I am going to focus on planning for desired harvest dates.


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