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Babies on the Farm

May 18, 2010

Here’s a photo slide show of our babies this spring.  The pictures pretty well sum up what’s been going on here lately.

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Happy planting,


8 Comments leave one →
  1. pan zielone spodnie permalink
    May 21, 2010 8:29 am

    Do you folks have a rototiller to dig and mix the compost into the soil or do you plan to do it by shovel and pitchfork volunteers?

    Kind of a late start, too, no? Any day now you could just plant that stuff outside of the hoop house.

    What do you see the purpose of the hoop house as being?

    • wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink
      May 21, 2010 8:56 am

      We have a rototiller to till up the soil. I wouldn’t plant my peppers, tomatoes and other heat-loving plants outside this early. The nights are still pretty cool. Inside the hoophouse, which has no supplemental heat, the nighttime temps have consistently been in the 40’s (until the last couple of nights). The carrots, leeks and radishes that are in the hoophouse are planted there because that is the place where I can find soil that is deeper than 5″-6″.

      We have had the peppers and tomatoes growing in the hoophouse for several weeks, but not in the ground – along the edge, in a group, so they can be covered up easily at night for added insulation from the cold.

  2. Chris & Bob Arbo permalink
    May 27, 2010 11:41 am

    Hello! Happy Springtime! Would’nt the most important benefit of the hoophouse be that the “babies” are safe from damaging and killing frost, not so much below 32 degree temperatures?

    It would seem that the hoophouse is much better than starting seedlings indoors where the light comes in from just one South-facing window.

    • wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink
      May 27, 2010 1:28 pm

      Hello Chris!

      I was thinking about you and wondering how you all were doing this spring. It’s good to hear from you again.

      We have lights indoors that we start our seedlings under so they don’t lean toward a window. We moved the young plants into the hoophouse in the beginning of May, but didn’t plant them until just last week, as I explained above. If the outside temps are below freezing, the hoophouse is only a few degrees above that – too cold for tender seedlings. Covering them inside the hoophouse keeps them slightly warmer.

      Another reason we didn’t plant things any earlier than we did, was simply because the hoophouse wasn’t ready. Perhaps next year, after a year of experience, we will do things a little differently.

      You ought to come by and see the gardens this year. We have more beds than last year plus the hoophouse and it would be nice to see you folks again. You don’t even need to bring cookies!:) Oh, by-the-way, we have been using your hoses. They have come in handy. Thanks!


  3. pan zielone spodnie permalink
    May 28, 2010 9:24 am

    Sorry to be so late in responding. Not all that relevant now, but doesn’t the hoophouse retain heat from the day making it warmer at night? It’s not like a greenhouse? For sure, a smaller bedbox would be fine and retain a lot of heat if you are not raising too many seedlings… Good luck with your farming and other worthwhile endeavors….

    • wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink
      May 28, 2010 1:34 pm

      It does not retain heat very well. It does heat up the soil on a sunny day so things close to the ground can be covered when it’s colder at night, and the heat from the soil will keep them a bit warmer than the outside air. The plastic offers little insulation when the sun is down.

  4. Chris & Bob Arbo permalink
    May 31, 2010 9:37 pm

    HI! ~But what if I want to bring cookies?~

    I read your message to Bob and he says hi too.

    Like pan zielone spodnie, I thought the hoophouse would insulate seedlings from damaging cold. And I thought that knowing perfectly well that opaque plastic is like a lizard; warm in the warm sun/freezing when the temp gets to freezing!!!

    So far, our veggie garden shows no sign of last year’s blight, and we are happy to say we see several fat and hopefully very happy honey and bumble bees this year!

    See you guys soon…


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