Last year I constructed two experimental mini hoop houses in mid January after the frost had already taken a nasty toll on the greens. This year I expanded the idea by building one long, continuous hoop house.
|PVC hoop house frame built over raised beds of lettuce, spinach, chard, and other tender greens. Plastic will be attached soon.|
|Note how the PVC is pushed into the soil against the interior sides of the raised beds. No screws, brackets, or fasteners are required. It's an easy, effective, and inexpensive setup.|
|Colorful head of Rouge d'Hiver lettuce.|
|Ruby Red Swiss chard. I planted these seeds on September 15, but they took a long time to germinate because of very hot temperatures in late September and early October.|
|Kale that was completely devoured by caterpillars. Lots of carnage and not a lot of leftovers.|
Now I just need somebody to play Taps on the trumpet while I add these remains to the compost pile and pay my respects.