Finding a way to grow cold crops, year round in Michigan, has been a personal goal here at Indigo Acres. Once temperatures are below freezing, we say goodbye to cold crops, such as: lettuce, spinach, kale, pea pods and cilantro. But, since we built our hoop houses last year, we have been able to continue experimenting with these crops!
A few weeks ago, we planted our next round of seeds. The average overnight temperatures have been below freezing, with our average daytime temperatures around 40 degrees.
Yesterday, the sun was shining, which meant the hoop houses would heat up quickly. On cloudy days and overnight, we cover the rows, inside the hoop houses, with frost blankets, for extra protection.
By 9 a.m. yesterday morning, it was only 28 degrees outside. But, inside the hoop houses it was already a balmy 40 degrees! By 3:00 p.m. it was 60 degrees! These are perfect temperatures for growing greens!
I was happy to see lots of strong seedlings, soaking up the sunshine yesterday. Hopefully, we will be munching on micro greens, by the weekend and enjoying more mature greens within a few weeks!
We do have a few tricks up our sleeves, to help with heat over the Winter. But for now, we will let Mother Nature work her magic…with a little help from a hoop house! Happy Gardening!
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