April 17- Hoop House Construction


With the help of the strong folk at west Madison, we stretched the plastic covering over our 88 x 32 ft hoop house. We will trial 42 varieties of tomatoes in the hoop house, evaluating them for yield, earliness, disease resistance, flavor and harvest quality; and comparing them against an identical production scheme in an adjacent field. It took many hands and lots of callused thumbs to secure the plastic on the hoop house with wiggle wire. Just when we nearly had the skin hauled over the skeleton, a gust of wind came and nearly lifted a few of us off the ground! Now it’s all put together and ready for 100 lbs of chicken manure compost, 50 cubic yards of compost, and 252 tomato plants.

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