Here are our two new hoophouses and some of the new plots of ground we'll be growing vegetables in next spring. I took this photo just a couple days ago.
What a Difference This Makes
These new hoophouses will increase our covered growing area by 75.6% so we'll be able to get many more transplants in the ground earlier. Even when the ground is still too cold outside, we’ll be able to keep on planting.
We really could have used this space this past spring!
Not only that, we're also preparing new ground outside as well. Most of this ground is much lighter and warms up faster than our existing gardens. You can see one of these plots in the foreground covered in composting organic matter.
We're feeding those soil microbes now so they can feed our plants next season and beyond. We'll keep feeding them a bit each season to keep the soil healthy for healthy plants and vegetables. It's one method we use to reduce insect problems and avoid the need for pesticides.
It's been a lot of work and … we're on schedule to be growing on this new ground next spring. We're looking forward to being back at the markets in May.
Wondering What Was on This Ground Before?
Here’s what this new ground looked like in July. It's been organically managed for more than twenty years! No chemical sprays or fertilizers were applied in that time and possibly even longer so it’s unlikely to have any residues of old chemical pesticides making it ideal for producing clean vegetables and other produce.
Lots More Veggies Coming Your Way
So we’ll have more vegetables available this coming spring. In the meantime, we hope you're getting enough green in your diet.