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1 Decatur Deb  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 1:12:40pm

Sorry--got the photos into the pagemaker, but can't find them now. Learning/editing underway.

2 Killgore Trout  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 1:39:53pm

re: #1 Decatur Deb

Sorry--got the photos into the pagemaker, but can't find them now. Learning/editing underway.

That's ok, It sometimes takes me a few tries too. In the meantime, I tried your idea of drill off center holes in the cd. with 2-3 of them on a string it definitely creates a more chaotic motion. I also noticed that having cd bumping into each other makes a noise distraction too. On a windy day I'm going to get some tangling.

3 Killgore Trout  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 2:01:39pm

Wow! Now that's impressive! What do you use for winter covering? Just clear plastic painters tarp or do you use a specialized outdoor garden plastic?

4 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 2:03:27pm

A nice hooptube ;-)

5 Decatur Deb  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 2:06:39pm

re: #3 Killgore Trout

Wow! Now that's impressive! What do you use for winter covering? Just clear plastic painters tarp or do you use a specialized outdoor garden plastic?

It's covered in 1/2 of a 20x100 sheet of 6 mil contractor's vinyl. It lasts for 2 seasons, costs about $80 these days at Lowe's. Most years I don't bother because our winter is so short. That keeps it above freezing almost any night, but it's vital to get it open early to avoid overheating.
The PVC pipes are set in shallow holes drilled in the garden timbers.

6 freetoken  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 7:17:26pm

Neat. I was under the impression that the growing season in your area was already pretty long. Do you use the hoop house to put out sensitive plants real early, or do you grow winter veggies?

7 Decatur Deb  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 7:29:37pm

re: #6 freetoken

Neat. I was under the impression that the growing season in your area was already pretty long. Do you use the hoop house to put out sensitive plants real early, or do you grow winter veggies?

It's more valuable as a support for the bird/animal netting. The few times I've skinned it for our potential freezing season (Dec-Mar), I've tried beans, peas, and cabbage, roots and salads. Only a few nights a year would require the 1500 watt heater to keep it above freezing. This year I'll skin it with the remaining half of the last vinyl sheet, but there is a lot I don't know about running an efficient greenhouse. (Even with our wussy Winter, it's really nice to walk from the dry 30's into a wet 75.)

8 Achilles Tang  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 7:39:28pm

What is your climate zone?

9 Decatur Deb  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 7:46:53pm

re: #8 Naso Tang

What is your climate zone?

8a on this map. Usually 2 on Ferry Morse seed maps, IIRC.

[Link: www.usna.usda.gov...]

10 freetoken  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 7:55:57pm

re: #9 Decatur Deb

The 1990 map is already out of date, due to AGW. You might have crept into 8b by now.

Anyway, out here I prefer the Sunset map over the USDA map, because the USDA map is too coarse. For your area that might not matter, but you still might find the Sunset map more useful.

11 Decatur Deb  Sun, Jul 3, 2011 8:11:05pm

re: #10 freetoken

We'd be 31 on that map. I'm so confused.


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