This year, it looks like we have enough to do a time lapse on Eden, the smaller and older high tunnel building on our farm. We put Eden up in 2010 and put new plastic on it in 2016. It's been the subject of several blog posts in the past, in case you were wondering.
|Blank slate in April|
|Plants are in and already in need of a May weeding.|
|June saw some rapid growth. Nice lettuce next to the tomatoes!|
|Looking very good in early July!|
There are a few issues. The beans are trying to take over the peppers because they are SOOOO happy. The tomatoes have reached the top of their trellising, so we were going to need to add more height to it soon. And, the melons didn't have a particularly good year in Eden this year. We tried to start them too early. We'll know better for next year - we just shouldn't push them too hard early.
|Early August - what happened?|
At this point, I stopped taking pictures every month. The tomatoes on the right (cherry tomatoes) are now touching the top of the high tunnel and the tomatoes on the left of the picture are a good three foot (or more) taller. It is late October, so they are showing signs of finishing, despite a very large number of fruit still on the vines. The peppers have held their own this year, which is good considering the poor performance of the field peppers. The golden beets were tasty and of good size. The melons were a bit sparse, but well received. Happily the melons in Valhalla picked up the slack this year.
Very soon, we will move Eden to its other position so it can cover some lettuce, chard, kale, pok choi, spinach, tatsoi, komatsuna and other goodies for Winter or early Spring harvest. The tomatoes that look like they will still ripen will get harvested and brought in and the vines will be taken down. We'll clean off the peppers and harvest the chard. We've had better years in Eden than this, but it surely hasn't been a horrible season by any measure with nearly 1300 pounds of produce in this 30 foot by 72 foot building.