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Planting lettuce in a quick hoop

Planting lettuce under a quick hoop

Two days after reinstalling our quick hoop, the soil temperature underneath the protective fabric was already four degrees warmer than soil temperature on a neighboring bed!  Granted, I had raked back the mulch on the neighboring bed just like I did on my quick hoop bed, but hadn't applied juicy, warm manure, so it's possible the manure application is part of the reason for my fast soil heating.

Truthfully, though, I don't care if it's the quick hoop or the manure that kicked my soil temperature up to 36.  I'm just thrilled that it's finally warm enough to plant my first lettuce bed.  Fresh lettuce in four weeks if all goes well!

"I want to let you know that I have had chickens for a long time... Your water misers are a new addition for me to the coop and I am so incredibly thankful for them," wrote one happy customer of our homemade chicken waterer.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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planting lettuce? Ontario, Canada just got several inches of snow! ah, maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! :-)

Comment by J Tue Feb 8 21:38:40 2011
I read a blog this morning that had a photo of a blooming hazel bush on it. Our hazels won't be blooming for a month!
Comment by anna Wed Feb 9 09:38:06 2011





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