Harvesting squash and cucumbers, Starting Seeds in Hot Weather, ATTRA tutorials

 Harvesting squash and cucumbers The weather has heated up, the squash and cucumbers are growing well, and the combination leads to irritation from prickly leaves on sweaty skin. Some people get quite a rash from harvesting these crops, others just get a short-term itchiness that is cured by rinsing arms and hands in cool water. … Continue reading “Harvesting squash and cucumbers, Starting Seeds in Hot Weather, ATTRA tutorials”

Hoophouse Squash Variety Trial, Garlic Recap, Flowers for Organic IPM

Hoophouse Squash Variety Trial A month ago I wrote about our hoophouse squash variety trials for pollination issues and blossom end rot. I think our problem was mostly unpollinated squash, rather than blossom end rot. Go to last month’s post for valuable links to distinguish the two conditions. We planted 15 Golden Glory zucchini (good … Continue reading “Hoophouse Squash Variety Trial, Garlic Recap, Flowers for Organic IPM”

Hoophouse Many Crops slideshow, Hoophouse Squash article in Growing for Market, Modern Farmer

Here’s my Many Crops, Many Plantings slideshow from my shared Friday morning pre-conference intensive workshop at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Conference. Scaling Up: Maximizing High Tunnel Production Gena Moore, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community High tunnels provide high-value space for growing various crops throughout the year, but maximizing production comes … Continue reading “Hoophouse Many Crops slideshow, Hoophouse Squash article in Growing for Market, Modern Farmer”

Challenges with hoophouse squash

  We grow one bed (90 ft or so) of yellow squash in our hoophouse, to extend the season earlier. This year it is a dismal failure. We have had splendid success some years, with good harvests for several weeks before our outdoor squash are ready. What has changed? One aspect is climate change including … Continue reading “Challenges with hoophouse squash”

My Forthcoming Book, Hoophouse Squash and Cucumbers, Growing for Market magazine

Here’s the photo of our hoophouse that we used on the cover of my forthcoming book The Year Round Hoophouse. You can read about it here. Yes, exciting news! I’ve been writing my second book, the Year Round Hoophouse, I finished the manuscript at the end of February, and New Society Publishers have accepted it. … Continue reading “My Forthcoming Book, Hoophouse Squash and Cucumbers, Growing for Market magazine”

Heritage Harvest Festival, Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc Conference, Succession Planting Podcast

After a couple of summer months off from speaking at events, I am gearing up for the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, near Charlottesville. This two day festival has a day of ticketed workshops on Friday September 8 and a field day on Saturday September 9. Saturday workshops, demonstrations, tours and kids events are all … Continue reading “Heritage Harvest Festival, Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc Conference, Succession Planting Podcast”

Hoophouse seasonal transition to tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers

This past weekend I was at the Organic Growers School spring conference in Asheville, NC. I presented my workshop on Spring and Summer Hoophouses twice. This link will take you to a blog post where you can get the handout. An older version of the slideshow is at this SlideShare link. Later this week I … Continue reading “Hoophouse seasonal transition to tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers”

Getting ready for frost, harvesting sweet potatoes

Our average first frost date is October 14. Actually from our own records it has averaged 10/22 over the last 11 years. So any time now, we could get a frost. We had a very light patchy frost 10/10 with a recorded overnight low of 36F, but now we are having a warm spell (very … Continue reading “Getting ready for frost, harvesting sweet potatoes”

Hoophouse tomatoes and squash, garden tour, class.

We have planted our two beds of tomatoes in our hoophouse – 92 plants – can’t wait! It will be the very end of May before we get any to eat. We have one bed of fast-maturing kinds, mostly Glacier and Stupice, but also a couple each of Five Star Grape, Sun Gold, Atkinson (trying … Continue reading “Hoophouse tomatoes and squash, garden tour, class.”

Garlic harvest finished, fall crop planning, tomato bug heads-up

Today we finished harvesting our garlic. It’s a good feeling to have it all safely hanging to cure in the barn. Our climate is humid so we use lots of box fans to help the drying process. We started harvesting our hardneck garlic about ten days ago, and worked on that (among other tasks) for … Continue reading “Garlic harvest finished, fall crop planning, tomato bug heads-up”