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I’ll post a couple of pictures and write up something this weekend. If you haven’t been following along with the building of this just click here to see the whole story.


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Well, I sure am not complaining after the crazy weather the past couple of days. But, we did get 5 inches of snow yesterday. No big deal other than delaying the already delayed Hoop House project. The weather man is saying we will be 50+ degrees by Tuesday. We’ll see.

Here are some pictures of the front and back (actually the side) yard from early this morning.

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Hey Everyone, even though there is still snow on the ground and the temps are freezing at night I am trying to get some garden seeds to grow.  Thanks to my new grow light set up and heat mat I am able to get seeds started that I never could have before. I am also almost done with my hoop house so my whole gardening plan for this year has been super charged!

This year is starting out to be one of many firsts for me.  Besides the above mentioned items I am also planning on really focusing on using heirloom seeds so that I can start saving them myself. Not only is this cost-effective, but I like how these seeds will actually condition themselves to my soil and environmental conditions. How cool is that? I’ll actually be writing more about that throughout the summer. For now, here are  a couple pictures of my tomatoes and peppers that I started about 2 weeks ago.

These are Red Brandywines


Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes


Some Bell Peppers, These are Big Bertha’s


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Hello fellow Gardner’s,

Below is a picture of one of my flats of seeds that I have started beneath my new Grow Light and DIY Heat Mat. Needless to say I am thrilled with how this is working out.

I am asking everyone to guess the name of this seedling. Common Names are acceptable, don’t go all Latin on me 🙂

Here it is…

Leave me a comment if you think you know what it is.

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This is a continuation from here.

1st thing I did order the plastic as I mentioned yesterday.

2nd thing is I built and installed the arches! Here is what I did, and how it looks. Feel free to critique it.

The first picture shows the pvc and how I connected the two 10′ sections. I felt that using a regular 1″ coupler was not going to be strong enough. So, I cut a 12″ piece of 1 1/4 pvc to made a new coupler. The 1 1/4 slides over the 1″ perfectly. The top two pieces will slide together and form a single 20′ arch. You can see that I already drilled and put in a bolt. Next the piece under it will be slid in and then drilled for another nut and bolt. The bottom piece is complete. I used 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ bolts. I could have used a 2″ bolt instead. I also put washers on each end. When they get installed I have to make sure that the exposed end of the bolt is facing down so it doesn’t contact the plastic.

I made up 9 of these arches. With a span of 3′ that gives me a total length of 24′.

These arches slide over the 1/2″ conduit that is already pounded in the ground.

I am facing to the east as I took this picture. My regular garden is directly south , or on the right side of the hoop house.

Here I am looking to the south. You can see that with just the conduit they are pretty stable. I don’t know if I mentioned it earlier, but when I pounded in the conduit I put it at about a 30 degree angle to the piece directly across from it. That makes it a little easier to slide on. I think it will also put less stress on the lower section of pvc.

Ok. This is looking back to the west.

Here is a close up of how the bolts need to face down so the exposed bolt doesn’t contact the plastic.

If you see anything that you think or know will be a problem…PLEASE TELL ME! I will certainly appreciate it.

Also, I added the wooden boards. 2 x 6 x 12 treated pine laid vertically on the inside of the arches. The end boards are the same size but they are laid horizontal (flat on the ground). I also cut out a slot so the two pieces would fit together nicely.

Here the boys are screwing the pvc brackets to the board.

I also framed one end for the door. Just plain 2 x 4 studs. I don’t have pictures of that yet. And it snowed so I will not be working on the hoop house for a couple of days. And to top if off, my plastic was delivered today! UGH!

The next update can be found here.

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Here is a link to great zip code specific planting guide. It is from the Old Farmers Almanac. Let me know what you think of it.


While you are on their site, look around the gardening section. They have a lot of information there.

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This blog will be an ongoing diary of my lettuce plantings this spring. I always start off the gardening season with a notebook and the intention to document everything I do in the garden. The intentions fade quickly though and eventually nothing gets recorded. I’m hoping that by using this blog I will stick with it longer.

So here starts the lettuce diary!

2-8-2012 Me and the kids started 6 varieties of lettuce. These seeds are leftovers from last year. I don’t know how viable they are and since it is just lettuce I am not going to worry about doing a germination test or anything like that.

The six varieties are Simpson Elite, Royal Red, Parris Island, Salad Bowl, and Red Fire. They are planted in Burpee brand  seed starting pellets and coconut fiber. The flat was placed on an east facing windowsill and we had some germination in a couple of days.

A side note is that after we planted the lettuce I decided to build a light stand and heat mat. Once that was complete the lettuce was moved to a the light stand, but no heating mat. I believe that was done on the 16th of February.

2-18-2012 Pictures of lettuce today. I discarded the Salad Bowl tray because there was no sign of life.

Back Left = Black Seeded Simpson, Front Left = Simpson Elite, Back Right = Red Fire, Front Right = Salad Bowl (Discarded)

Back Right = Parris Island, Front left = Royal Red

The lettuce seedlings had some white furry stuff on the stalk. It seems like they grow out of it??? I say that because the taller it gets, the less of the white stuff there is. Does anyone know what it is? The soil is a little wetter than I would like and I am currently working on getting it dried out some. I think that is the problem.

2-20-2012 The white stuff appears to be gone. But for some reason two seedlings fell over. They didn’t shrivel up …yet so I’ll wait to pull them. I’m wondering if I have too much light for them. I turn the lights on for about 12 hours each day. I’ll have to research that and find out what the optimal light time is.

The picture below is the Parris Island that did not germinate. Remember this is last years seed. I restarted a new tray with this years seed for Parris Island.

Below is the new tray of Parris Island, a Romaine type.

Instead of continuing this post any new updates will have their own post. Here is the next update.

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