When the month of March arrives, I start to bubble up inside. Spring! Granted, here in Michigan, the month of March can equal snow, rain, hail and/or 60° weather. One never knows what to expect! Needless to say, this month of awakening always makes me feel like I have survived another winter and am able to relish, once again, in the beauty of spring.
March is also exciting, for our little farm, Indigo Acres, begins to come alive. Voices of baby chicks and ducklings echo through the barn, while meat birds begin their 8 weeks of growth, soon to provide quality meat for our family and friends. It is during this exciting month that we are also able to start planting cold crops. Although it is still too chilly for these young seedlings outside, our hoop house and cold frame provide protection from the wind and just enough extra heat for those tiny seeds to sprout and flourish.
There are many cold hardy crops that are perfect choices for planting in our hoop house, especially GREENS! Lettuce, kale, spinach, swiss chard, cilantro, broccoli, peas, and bok choy are some of our favorites! Constructing this 8′ x 16′ hoop house was one of the best choices we have made since Indigo Acres was established in 2014. In Michigan, our growing season tends to be from May-September, depending on the crop. For less than $200 our growing season was able to be extend from March through November. With Wifey’s stubborn determination, constant experimentation and our animals’ fresh manure, I am sure we will be growing crops year round in the near future!
I hope you enjoy this step by step breakdown of our hoop house construction adventure…
Embrace this beautiful spring season and everything it has to offer!
Now get out there and plant something amazing!
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