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Artichoke? Winter?

January 4, 2013

We’ve had a few nights in the low to mid 20s here lately and my hoop-house artichoke seems to be doing quite well.

I have kept it covered with light spun row cover and planted two 55 gallon water barrels next to it for hear retention.

It looks better than I expected it to look in the middle of summer although this is the plant that has yet to yield a single choke……

The kale is holdover from last winter that regenerated from a stem which had been pretty much stripped of all its leaves more than once. It perked up when the weather chilled a bit and is now big enough for me to worry about competition again.

One of the cabbage in the foreground is ready to be harvested, we just haven’t caught up from wedding and holidays enough to assess what we have and schedule out our “winter harvest diet” yet.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Brent Eamer permalink
    January 4, 2013 6:44 pm

    With minimal snow load, do you get high winds?. I was wondering about the survivability of the hoop houses. I live in PEI (Canada) and my hoop houses are beat up like a rented mule by May

    • January 5, 2013 11:05 am

      If I have winter winds, it is generally for short periods of 24-36 hrs max. It is tucked in behind the fence fairly well and the house/hill north of me tends to temper the most severe north winds. Besides, this is the thinnest poly from greenhouse supply, rated at 1 year. It was more economical buying enough for 4 separate 1 year covers vs 1 serious 4-5 year cover. (The truth is the plastic was in good shape after the 1st season and could have stayed up likely for another whole season. ) I took the 1st one down last the summer and reconfigured a smaller one this year. One day I might know what I want and build a real greenhouse. Or not. 😉

  2. January 4, 2013 8:28 pm

    What a fantastic winter harvest. Your little greenhousey tent is working a treat. Congrats!

    • January 5, 2013 11:06 am

      If critters hadn’t eaten my entire crop of lettuce I’d be sitting pretty. But they did 😦

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