Our hoophouse has been slowly deteriorating over the last year. The corners of the plastic were slowly pulling apart from the steel frame while the plastic surrounding the door ripped away completely a few months ago. Cliff replaced the plastic door with a heavy storm door but even the plastic surrounding that began to slowly unravel. We were obviously fighting the elements and losing.
Our home sits on a bluff with 4 acres of open pasture in the front of our home….so when the wind whips, it threatens everything that is not secured. We have learned to work with these issues, staking every plant that may succumb to high winds, taking down one side of the porch swing so it won’t crack our window and securing everything inside of the barn before an approaching storm.
However, the hoophouse wouldn’t last through another spring storm season. Cliff made the call and sold it to another local homesteading family that doesn’t have the same perilous winds. Instead of working against the wind, we would look for a solution to protect young vegetables from the frosty nights while working with our windy location.
A Cold Frame!
It is inexpensive ($3 Habitat for Humanity Restore windows) and quick to build….Our oldest son assisted Cliff and they were done with the project in just a few hours.
This small planting bed contained carrots last spring….I just added a bucket of compost to prepare the soil for planting….Remember those tiny seedlings 4 weeks ago?
I will have to keep a close eye on the temperature in this location. It is south-facing…so when the daytime temperature reaches 40 degrees, I’ll slide over the windows to allow plenty of air circulation. I’ll remove the bottom set of windows entirely at 50 degrees. It’s worth the extra effort….we’re all looking forward to a greater variety of vegetables and greens!