“Hoop house” update

The turnips and the peas are growing in the “hoop house.”

03-26-09_first growth in "hoop house"

It’s a terrible picture I know.

It was about 50/55 degrees outside, but inside when I first moved the plastic aside the thermometer read 75 degrees. The real test will be over the next few days. We’re expected to get between one and three inches of snow tomorrow night.



  1. March 28, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    The hoop house must really help with germination. My peas aren’t showing yet, although a couple of them found their way to the top of the soil and they were both showing a little sprout…shouldn’t be long now! I wish I’d planted turnips, but I am SOOO out of room!

    • gardengoodies said,

      March 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm

      I’m out of room too, but that doesn’t seem to stop me. :~)

      I hope the peas actually do well. I’ve never been able to pick more than a few pods. I’m curious about the temp in there, but it was cold outside today and I didn’t want to stay out any longer than necessary.

      I’ve caught up with my work and have a few minutes to breath. I want to send you a few seeds to add to your collection. (If they don’t get planted this year, I won’t be insulted).

  2. March 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Hey, thank you, I’m all for more seeds 😉 If I can’t find room, they keep…there’s always next spring (or succession planting this season). I wish I had sent you my last three Tumbling Tom seeds. I had no idea I’d end up with five successful plants. Do you think it’s too late for you to get them started?

    • gardengoodies said,

      April 7, 2009 at 3:13 pm

      Don’t ask me how I missed this comment. I wouldn’t want to take your last seeds (thanks for offering, though). However….since they did good this year, please, please, please save me a few seeds for next year.

      • April 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm

        I’m beginning to get concerned that some of those free seeds may have crossed with other varieties. My largest Tumbling Tom isn’t even close to “tumbling”, but nearly 3′ tall. And of three Kellogg’s breakfast seeds I planted, two came up as a potato leaf variety, the third had regular leaves.

        • gardengoodies said,

          April 7, 2009 at 10:12 pm

          I sure hope you’ve got the right thing. They’re really pretty plants. Plus, if they’re the wrong ones, you can’t save the seeds.

  3. Gregory Distelrath said,

    April 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Hi! I have built a hoop house this year for my raised bed garden in Livonia Mi. When can I put my tomato plants out. Where are you located?

    • gardengoodies said,

      April 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm

      Hi, Gregory:

      Wish I had done this last year at the end of the season too.

      I’m located in Chicago and I see that Livonia is north of us. I think that means your weather is cooler than ours (?). Anyway, it’s safest to plant after the last frost date. Another way to know when to plant is see when the plants are available for sale in your area. The stores (usually) start offering the plants at the appropriate planting time.

      But….since you’ve got the hoop house, if you’ve got extras you’re willing to experiment with, try putting some out there when your temps are 70 inside the hoop house.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and good luck!

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