More on Season Extension Question
O.K. my weather profile is a joke compared to most of yours, but there still is possibly lots of opportunity to start early.
DEC-March profile is nights 50-35F..average 44. with once or twice a year around freezing just in the wee hours of the morning. Days in the same time frame are 50-85F average 65 with lots of sun, and this is four months consecutively then it starts to get warmer but never really hot.
Shortest daylight is 10 hours longest 14.
I am wanting to focus on early nightshades during those 4 months....I am thinking of black plastic mulch and a layer of row cover over 4' wide hoops then a layer of plastic over 6 foot wide hoops. I could plant double row of tomatoes, eggplants or peppers this way. The row cover would be almost permanent for these 4 months and the plastic would be opened almost everyday....or else it would get way too hot.
Would this work? Would you tweak something.....clear plastic mulch maybe no mulch is needed? If there is hope then large hoop house might be practical in the future with smaller hoops with row cover inside like Jay is doing.
I am doing lots of test plots with different strategies and different vegetables thrown in, but I would like to hear any input from people who actually have more challenging climates than mine.
I am trying plastic only, double row cover only single row cover only. With my profile what would you all expect to be most reasonable?
Yesterday, I did one caterpillar with basil tomatoes, zucchini
watermelon and peppers all very nice seedlings.