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Building 10' x 40' row cover over tomatoes

16 Mar 2012
Storms 22°C / 72°F

I started yesterday, putting up two portable carports end-to-end over the area where I’ll be growing tomatoes. I have a lot of cleanup on my garden since I couldn’t really deal with it last fall because of medical issues. I started covering the metal hoops with pipe foam insulation (photo 2), so that my plastic won’t be rubbing against metal. I found out last year that the area where the plastic film contacted the metal was the first place to fail. I’m planning a raised bed along each side for my tomatoes. I ordered 10 yards of compost which will be delivered Wednesday. As soon as the beds are prepared, I’ll be putting on the plastic film. I’ll be using pvc to secure the plastic to the frame.

I had a few visitors while I was working. (photo 3)




And so it begins.

Posted on 16 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Nice work! The turkey’s are enjoying your yard!

Posted on 17 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Oh wow! Wild turkeys? Can you eat them?

Posted on 17 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Gotta catch em first…

Posted on 17 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Come hunting season they magically vanish. We had over a hundred in our side yard a couple years back. I was walking within 10 feet of them all around me. And yes they are good eating, though a bit tough unless deep fried. They’re a bit scarcer lately because we have a large pack of coyotes in the forest across the road. Can’t even let the cats out anymore except in the fenced garden.

Posted on 17 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States5


Where do you source your compost? You live across the country from me, but if I know where you get yours maybe I can try to find something similar here.

I had a horse manure source (need to contact him to see what’s available now). I should have set manure out in the fall, but that was a bad time for me.

I have a compost pile that’s been baking since last year, but it is nowhere near as much as I need.

Posted on 17 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

We have a local company that offers top-of-the-line compost called Cayuga Compost. They collect waste food from pretty much all the restaurants in the County, as well as the Colleges. We’re a pretty “granola” area here, which is great if you like macrame, candles, and hairy legs.

Unfortunately they only make a little more than 500 cubic yards a year, so I had to reserve 25 yards last fall. We have a huge number of organic farms that they sell to around here. They charge $40 per cubic yard ($20/ton). I ordered 10 yards which was $400 plus $40 delivery. Unfortunately they’re dumping it on a 40′×50′ tarp in my back yard. I’m renting a bucket loader from my neighbor for four San Marzano plants in my garden. That sounds like a lot of compost but it’s only 270 cubic feet, enough for 216 feet of 30" wide raised beds at 6" thick. I have 80’ of tomato, 48’ of peppers, 96’ of beans, squash, beets, onions, and greens. That’s a total of 224’ of raised beds. I still need to get 12 yards for my new strawberry beds, but I scheduled that for late summer when I get my new strawberry beds built. I better have a bumper year crop or I’ll never hear the end of it from my wife.

Posted on 17 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

wow, this is exciting stuff, you sound like a one man army! :-)

Posted on 18 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

I’ve got a turkey deep fryer…. ;) I’m sorry to hear about the coyotes. They’re a serious menace to domestic animals. I lost one of my cats to one back when we lived in California. I much preferred the fox we had around here for several years. No sign of rabbits while he was about, and I didn’t have to worry about my cats.

Posted on 19 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

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