Thursday, January 27, 2011


We are buried under another 18" of snow and so is my hoophouse.  I went out there the other day and found that the plastic is very brittle and cracks if I handle it too much in the cold.  The forecast calls for a few more inches of snow and then it is going to get very cold, so that I think that this snow is going to be around for a while.  That's OK by me, but I have to reconcile myself to the fact that I won't be getting into the hoophouse some time.  I plan to start a few tomato plants next week.  Last year, I started all of my tomatoes February 1 and thought that I made a huge mistake because they became too big to keep in the house, and they were almost too big to plant in the hoophouse too.  But I squeezed them in, kept them warm, ventilated and by the time the normal planting season came along, they had a great root system and were already producing fruit!  Plus, we had a very, very hot July, but my garden was well established and I think that the big tomato plants actually provided some shade to themselves and other plants in the garden.  In the end, I had a early, great harvest and so will stagger my starts to cover all the bases.  This year seems to be very much like last year, so I'll just follow last year's schedule.

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