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Hoop dreams

quick hoop late afternoon in middle December sun

I'm still in awe each time I pass by Anna's quick hoop experiments.

The pay off is pretty huge when you consider how many fresh garden salads we continue to have on a daily basis thanks to a mixture of cut pieces of rebar, PVC, and some Agribon material.

I remember this time last year dreaming of fresh leafy greens in a gastronomical sense of the word.

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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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That's just awesome! I'm excited to build some of my own and give them a try next year.
Comment by Heath Sat Dec 17 18:42:17 2011
That's exactly how I felt when reading other people's blogs about quick hoops last year. :-)
Comment by anna Sun Dec 18 09:42:09 2011
what thickness of agribon are you using? I'm wondering what I should get her for Northern VA - 15 or 19.
Comment by Charity Sun Dec 18 12:07:23 2011

Even though it sounds counterintuitive, Eliot Coleman's experience (and my more limited experience too) suggests that you want to use the lightest weight row cover fabric. Row covers work by trapping in heat, but that effect is counteracted if the fabric blocks winter sunlight. So, plants tend to freeze faster under heavier fabrics, unless you're someone who's willing to take the row covers off every morning and put them back on every night.

I used AG-19 on my hoops, but it looks like AG-15 is even lighter. I'm not positive whether AG-15 would be strong enough to keep from tearing in the garden, though. If you do try AG-15, I hope you'll report back!

Comment by anna Sun Dec 18 13:29:48 2011
Anna, can you please tell us what you've got growing there in the picture? Also, where do you get your seeds? Thank you.
Comment by Heath Sun Dec 18 16:18:49 2011
The closest, dark green plant is a weed --- chickweed. The middle ground is Black-seeded Simpson Lettuce (from the local feed store), and the background is three kinds of kale (from three different online seed companies --- I'm experimenting with kale varieties this fall.)
Comment by anna Sun Dec 18 18:16:24 2011

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