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    I love all these set ups but I'm far too lazy for such things, I generally plant my all my seeds in whatever I can pull outta the recycling bin! I'm also not growing giants or stuff for competition so I feel like I can use recycling for my stuff. So far so good.

    Yogurt cups work well for me as do salad containers, cut up milk jugs, basically anything that's not metal. I also have some actual leftover planting things from buying past years garden stuff & annuals. I keep the flats they come in & just line 'em up in those so if I have to bring them in I can just pick up the flat & move it inside.

    One year I forgot to label the planters so I had about 10 different kinds of peppers, from plain ole green to hot ones, & had not the first clue as to what was what. It was an ever evolving mystery for a few weeks so it was kinda fun!

    I have also harvest the first 4 pieces of asparagus of the season!! We ate them raw & it was tasty!!
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    Done! Ordered Purple Majesty Millet & Red Husk Corn. This Halloween will be beautiful

    RCIAG - I totally screwed up labeling my peppers this year: Poblanos, Chocolate, Sweet Orange & Yellow are completely mixed up.

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    Well, it's all plans and dreams at the moment. I'm happy to recommend the raven grass to anyone all day long, the other two are just hopefuls. Some years it gets a purple tinge, I'm trying to figure out what impacts that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnOrthodOx View Post
    For those of us watching, what's your general temps outside? How much is the hoop house gaining you?
    Thanks for the question. It all depends on the sun. On a cloudy day the gain is only about 10 degrees. But on on a full sunny day the gain is between 25-30 on an 80 degree day. It is really crazy. I had both ends open today w/box fan running on full blast and it still got up to 96 degrees when the temp hit 83. I am thinking that I will have to pull back the plastic on one of the ribs to make it shorter during the day. I have ordered shade cloth which should arrive tomorrow. I never guessed that I would reach such temperatures.
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    UOO-- The millet looks very cool. I hope it does well! The only millet I've grown has been a few stray white millet plants that came from bird seed.
    We have Big Bluestem as a native grass here (the indian warrior grass). It gets tall out on the western prairies where there are other tall grasses and forbes for competition, but where I live it's mostly under 3'. It will be interesting to see what that variety does in your markedly different climate.
    Kdestra-- Is the red husk corn you ordered popcorn, or dent corn? The red husk popcorn can be gorgeous, and have really tall stalks. Those tall stalks were a liability in the hard winds we had last summer, though.
    Great-looking setup, Col! I hope it leaves the SVBs shut out!

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    Ooojen ~ Thank you for reminding about wind. This corn can grow up to 9ft. It’s ornamental pop corn.
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    2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread
    Added 40% shade cloth over the top. I thought about just clamping it down to the hoop house, but then I thought the heat from the black would defeat the purpose. So I clamped it to higher set of posts so it floats over the enclosure. I am trying to keep the daytime highs below 96.

    Even with two box fans and the ends open, I am having a tough time keeping the temps down on sunny low 80 degree days. Below are some pics of my less than inspired engineering.


    shade hoop overview.JPGplants in hoop house.JPGendview hoop house.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Fryght View Post
    Thanks for the question. It all depends on the sun. On a cloudy day the gain is only about 10 degrees. But on on a full sunny day the gain is between 25-30 on an 80 degree day. It is really crazy. I had both ends open today w/box fan running on full blast and it still got up to 96 degrees when the temp hit 83. I am thinking that I will have to pull back the plastic on one of the ribs to make it shorter during the day. I have ordered shade cloth which should arrive tomorrow. I never guessed that I would reach such temperatures.
    Lord, it's already hitting 80 there? I think we've scratched 50 this year so far.
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    Awww, this thread makes me kinda sad. I had fun participating last year even though my pumpkin plans went bust. *LOL* I have too much going on this year (looking for a new job and it's TOTALLY stressing me out) so it wasn't wise to attempt it again this year. Best of luck to all of you and I can't wait to see the harvest in the fall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnOrthodOx View Post
    Lord, it's already hitting 80 there? I think we've scratched 50 this year so far.
    We got up in the 40s today! (20s again tonight.) The snow cover is back down to about 50%. They're saying 53 tomorrow, and partly sunny, so who knows? Rain Wed, Thu, & Fri, so we might trade our snow for mud for a while. I won't be working in the garden, but I might be able to set my potted herbs back outside.

    If you folks will forgive an OT shot (since I don't have anything On topic to share yet)--- Here's a "voodoo lily", Amorphophallus konjac. They're related to those enormous "corpse plants"-- really smelly flowers that are pollinated by flies and beetles. I have two that came into bloom just in time for us to be having friends over for dinner. I shut them up in the guest room. (The flowers, not the guests!)
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