Final Report for FNC10-835
After the failure of the hoophouse plastic, I ordered replacement greenhouse film but it was never installed.
Sometimes life gets in the way of the best laid plans. Though I had every intention of continuing with the project for reasons listed below it did not continue.
As an inexperienced vegetable farmer combating two dry years in a row without adequate irrigation my financial resources became severely strained.
I was forced to find additional part and full time work to supplement my income, thus leaving me with not enough time for the continuation of this project.
A health issue that has now been rectified also contributed to my discontinuation of the project.
Project was largely a failure. However, I intend to reapply for this same grant and attempt the project again with a few modifications.
The hoop house will be moved to a more protected location. Wind breaks will be erected. The endwalls will be reinforced.
Also, I would like to add an additional hoop house to facilitate a side by side comparison of unheated versus passive heating.