High Tunnel

Midsummer 2010 we completed work on a 39x96 foot high tunnel. We experimented that first fall with heirloom tomatoes, green beans, peppers, cabbage and lettuce. We had fresh tomatoes until the first week in November and lettuce and cabbage until mid December.

This year, we plan on putting in blackberry plants in the high tunnel to provide winter protection and to extend the growing season. So hopefully, by next summer we will have lots of blackberries to pick. In the meantime, we will be growing early tomatoes in-between the berries until they get large enough to take over. The second half of the high tunnel will have heirloom tomatoes for the rest of the summer. Yum, can't wait to taste the first heirloom of the season. If you have never tasted an heirloom tomato before, you are in for a great treat!

PHOTOS: Top left: heirloom tomatoes from 2010, top center: raising the bows on the high tunnel, top right: adding the purlins to the high tunnel, bottom left: tomato tasting at Seed Savers Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa, bottom center: completed high tunnel, bottom right: high tunnel in winter of 2010.