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High Tunnels and Herbs for more information see www.hightunnels.org. R. Janke, KSU A talk based on research by Ted Carey, Kim Williams, Laurie Hodges and Lewis Jett. What are high tunnels?. Unheated greenhouse structures. Same as “hoop houses.”
R. Janke, KSU
A talk based on research by Ted Carey, Kim Williams, Laurie Hodges and Lewis Jett
High tunnels can be moveable, however, if you wish to have a stationary unit, you will have to amend the soil each season or year to maintain fertility.
Home-made design using recycled poles, lumber, and originally plastic. Original cost was about $10 for metal brackets and screws/nails.
Heavy rain destroyed the plastic, and was replaced with shade cloth (about $300?)
A high tunnel is a solar heated greenhouse with no electrical or automated ventilation that is used to extend the crop production season for many horticulture crops. Crops that are produced within high tunnels are grown in the ground with drip irrigation. (Jett)
A five-foot high sidewall is superior to a 3’ sidewall with respect to air circulation. However, high tunnels with lower sidewalls may be slightly warmer. (Jett)
Four mil, 4-year, greenhouse-grade polyethylene is suitable plastic for covering a high tunnel. (Jett)
Atlas Greenhouse Systems, Inc.www.AtlasGreenhouse.com
Conley’s Greenhouse Mfg.www.conleys.com
Haygrove tunnels www.haygrove.co.uk
Hoop House Greenhouse Kits (Mashpee, MA, USA) http://www.hoophouse.com/
International Greenhouse Companywww.igcusa.com
Keeler Glasgow www.keeler-glasgow.com
Rimol Greenhouse Systemswww.rimol.com
Stuppy Greenhouse Mfg (Kansas City, MO, USA)www.stuppy.com
Turner Greenhouses www.turnergreenhouses.com
XS Smith www.xssmith.comStructure Suppliers:
Four Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long., Eliot Coleman 1999, 212 pages, Chelsea Green Publishingwww.chelseagreen.com
The Hoophouse Handbook by Lynn Byczynski, 2003, 60 pages, Fairplain Publishing, Inc. www.growingformarket.com
The New Organic Grower: A Masters Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener. By Eliot Coleman , 1995, 340 pages, Chelsea Green Publishing, www.chelseagreen.com
Season Extension Techniques for Market Gardeners Janet Bachman and Richard Earles 2000, 24 pages, ATTRA, www.attra.org
Solar Gardening: Growing Vegetables Year-Round the American Intensive Way. Leandre and Gretchen Poisson, 1994, 267 pages, Chelsea Green Publishing www.chelseagreen.com
The Winter-Harvest Manual Farming the Backside of the CalendarEliot Coleman, 2001, 62 pages, http://www.fourseasonfarm.com
High Tunnel Tomato Production Guide (Publication M170) is available for sale from University of Missouri Extension for $10/copy. Contact MU Extension Publications at (800) 292-0969 or online at:http://muextension.missouri.edu/explore/manuals/m170.htm
Contact Ted Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 645-0007 for more information or to help with high tunnel construction.
The Eastern Kansas Horticultural Crops & Forestry Center is located at 35125 West 135th Street, Olathe, Johnson County, KS 66061-9423.
Directions: The Center is easily accessible from Interstate 35 at the Santa Fe Road exit by driving straight west through the city of Olathe (about 7 miles).