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Kimball on season extension

Solar pyramid

The last set of projects that caught my eye in the Planet Whizbang Idea Book for Gardeners were for season extension.  Kimball's caterpillar cloche system is very similar to my quick hoops, and although I prefer most of my methodology, I might try his technique of staking a line alone each side of the hoop and attaching the fabric to the line with clothespins, rather than rolling the fabric in rebar (my current method).

I also like Kimball's solar pyramid idea, although I'd probably tweak his design there as well.  He uses an expensive plastic to cover the pyramid, and I'd instead use some of the scraps of row-cover fabric that have become too tattered to be used on quick hoops.  Maybe a solar pyramid would allow me to plant out Daddy's huge tomato in April rather than May?

This post is part of our Idea Book for Gardeners lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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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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