From the dirt to our plate; the trials and realities of first-time farm ownership

Early Spring Low Tunnels

It’s great to get a good jump on your garden in early spring. One drawback of living so far north is getting those soil temps up and preventing frost from getting to your newly sprouted seedlings.

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Each year my husband and I set up a series of low tunnels. Each flexible pipe rib is supported by pipe hangers and stabilizing wire.   Plastic sheeting is placed over the frame and secured by staples, clothes pins or clamps. If constructed 2 weeks prior to planting, it will dramatically increase the temperature of your soil allowing seeds to germinate and sprout at a much quicker pace.

It’s a simple, reusable way to get a jump-start on your garden. Here are a few photos from earlier this spring.

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