Serious gardeners like to consider ways to extend their growing season. And I would like to consider myself a serious gardener. So I poked and prodded SM into helping me build a hoop house this weekend. Finally! What took me so long? Heck I didn't even need SM! I coulda done this one on my own. (But it's always nicer when someone does it for you ...@;)
It was easy peasy. It took more time to buy the materials and bring them home than it did to put the whole thing together.
So into my hoopty goes some early lettuces, broccoli rapini, some left over onions (that didn't fit into the onion bed) and my carrots.
I've tried spring time carrots before here with poor results. It gets so HOT so quick that most everyone says that carrots are better as a fall crop here in NC. I finally had a great crop last fall. But we've eaten up all our fall carrots and we're now buying organics from Trader Joes. (Oh the horror! Mine were so sweet! You should have seen SM's face when I told him we were out.)
So desperate times call for deperate measures. I hope that by starting them inside the hoop house, I'll get enough of a jump start that I'll get us some munchy sweet carrots to go on top of the yummy salads that will (hopefully) sprout soon.
I love broccoli too but just can't seem get anything to amount to much. So I'm going to try rapini this year and see what happens.
I can't tell you how excited I am by this. I really don't have a good reason as to why I haven't done a hoop house before this year. I feel like I'm late to the party. Better late than never!
In reality I hope to be 6 weeks early to this garden party. Last frost around here is April 15th. So I'll have a 6 week head start on spring veggies and hopefully be munching on that salad sooner rather than later.