We'll start the first seeds of 2012 very soon, which means cold wet fingers, midnight fire tending, and happy fussing over tender tomato babies.
This March - as soon as the weather allows - we will also be constructing our brand new 22 by 96 foot hoophouse.
When we're done it will look something like this (plus a covering of greenhouse plastic of course):
|I have no idea who this hoophouse belongs to. |
Thank you Rodale Institute for the image.
Which means that those first (450 - just a tiny drop in the bucket!) seeds we're planning to start will consist of three kinds of eggplants, two kinds of peppers, tomatillos, ground cherries, and five different types of long season tomatoes. The tomatoes include two 100+ year old heirlooms, the world's greatest bite sized paste tomato, orange banana tomatos (three fruits in one!), and a gorgeous red and orange striped sauce tomato bred by this guy.
Come early May we'll plant all those starts in the new hoophouse where they will have space to spread out and fruit to their hearts' content without running into stuff like this:
|Greens flourishing in last year's hoophouse planting of Early Wonder Tall Tops.|
Planted so our members could get the earliest beet crop possible :)