1-1.5 months after planting out the hoop house, with a seemingly consistently overcast end of Spring and beginning of Summer, I am pleased to present the positive results so far.
The tomatoes at the time of the photos (1 week ago) were 6-8 times larger than those transplanted outside at the same time. The basil has already provided 2 generous batches of pesto, and the eggplants, cucumbers and capsicums are beginning to take off with gusto, with some such as the cucumbers having more than doubled in size since the pics were taken.
The watering system is the start of a garden wide system – an effort to reduce time spent dragging a sprinkler around an under watered garden all summer long. It is possible that I will be updating folks on the progress of that one for years to come, but, I hope not to be.
Although I am impressed with the growth of the plants within the hoop house, I do have some concerns and challenges. With the weather being unpredictable of late, I am never quite sure if I should or how much to open the door/s before heading to work. In an ideal world, and maybe a job for down the track, an automated door with a temperature sensor could regulate the environment and take my guess work and manual labour out of the equation.
The other issue noted is the buildup and subsequent dripping of condensation on to the plants below. This has not seemed to cause an issue yet, but I fear that as time passes, this may encourage disease on the foliage. Time will tell and i’ll keep you updated.