Late start in a high tunnel

  • Late start in a high tunnel

    Posted by SLH on June 13, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    Hi there. I am in North Central Texas and have been struggling with container gardening since April. Too much rain, added organic fertilizers, made the electroculture things for the mineral tubs…everything keeps dying. So I’m hoping I can grow SOMETHING in a high tunnel. Does it work during the heat of the summer to start and grow plants in one with adequate ventilation, water and shade cloth?

    sunshine-homestead replied 3 months, 3 weeks ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • NonaLee

    June 13, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    This is our first summer in the high tunnel, in TN. I seem to be having moderate success. I would post pictures but can’t seem to figure it out. The tomatoes seem to be doing well, but curling leaves. Okra and peppers are gang busters. Potatoes ok. Garlic is thriving.

    • SLH

      June 14, 2023 at 1:48 am

      How are your temps?

    • Rhasta92

      June 14, 2023 at 2:44 am

      We’re in north west Arkansas and some of our tomato plant have curling leaves that are starting to look like a ball.

  • Tentance-KnottyPots

    June 14, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Hey there. We are in west Florida, and our family has been gardening and growing food here for over 40 years. In a nutshell, I have learned that keeping the soil cool, which in turns keeps the roots cool, is the most important thing when trying to get your veggies to thrive long enough in the high temperatures. This is why many southern gardeners use the hot part of summer (now through beginning of August) to solarize and rest the gardening areas, ie mulch fertilize and wait. Then in late August and early September plant the fall plants including another round of tomatoes, cabbage, etc. Lettuces all winter. Potatoes anytime that’s not summer. Garlic and onions anytime that not summer.

    You say you are using containers, are these wicking bed containers? If not I would highly recommend wicking beds. Otherwise you gonna be watering every day like my dad does when the hot breezes come through and dehydrate all the plants.

    I grow very little in containers, but what I do have is grown fully in rabbit manure and still has to be watered every 2 or 3 days unless it rains. Peppers, basil.

    I grow a ton of stuff in wicking beds, but realize that the things I am growing are not conventional vegetables and they can handle the heat, ie water spinach, water hyacinth, canna, taro.

  • Psychochic

    June 14, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    Did the organic fertilizers have manure from animals that ate hay sprayed with herbicides? I don’t remember the name, but I watched a video Danny and Wanda did a while ago about plants growing then dying because of this.

    • SLH

      June 14, 2023 at 4:59 pm

      I believe it was the organic Espoma from Lowes and some bone meal. I don’t remember what brand Danny mentioned or which video he mentioned it in.

      • This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by  SLH.
      • MSAnnie

        June 14, 2023 at 10:59 pm

        Grazon has been the problem with bought soil and compost since last year. It doesn’t break down in animals gut and is in the fecal matter of the animals that eat the hay. No one knows how long it hangs around I was under the impression that beans and nightshades were mostly affected by it. But I’m no expert

  • sunshine-homestead

    June 15, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    I’m in NWOK, zone 6b, so I recon you usually have prolonged higher temperatures than me. However, I learned (the hard way) growing in the high tunnel during warm/hot weather is impossible. Even in my little lean-to greenhouse that was shaded until about 3:pm, I had to cover the top with a tarp, keep windows open, and run a fan. Even on sunny days in Winter, the high tunnel can quickly reach temps higher than 100F.

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