This winter we became the lucky recipients of a USDA NRCS High Tunnel Grant, which helps growers to build solar greenhouse structures for season extension, a welcome boon here in the short growing season of Northern Michigan.
Although we suffered some trepidation about taking the leap after our hoophouse disaster last spring, we selected, after some deliberation, a Michigan company, Keeler-Glasgow, to build the high tunnel structure. Lucky as his crew take great pride in their workmanship, fabricating every piece of the structure, and quickly and efficiently building the hoophouse here at Echo Bend.
In just 2 days they assemble the hoops…
…build the end walls…
…and cover the structure with plastic.
It didn’t take us long before we were planning out the beds for future plantings and digging in the dirt!
The hoophouse beds are all completely planted with heat-loving plants like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, and melon. I love the functionality of the high tunnel so far, and I am really looking forward to planting in the fall for winter greens. I have much to learn in this new enterprise, but years of studying Eliot Coleman should serve me well!