Winter gardening with hoop houses

umsystem | February 11, 2011 | University of Missouri Extension workshops show farmers how to build hoop houses. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service started a three-year pilot project last year to financially help horticulture producers build high tunnels. For more information about the USDA program click on these links: http://extension.missouri.edu/ or http://www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov/news/news
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Using only the light wavelengths plants need, specific LED lighting saves energy for greenhouse food crops

HollandTradeNews | October 25, 2010 | Since recently, the Netherlands have the world’s highest penetration of LED lights. LED lights use up to 90% less energy than normal bulbs, which makes them highly attractive for energy-intensive and cost-competitive industries such as greenhouse growers. Interestingly, the light that is needed for growing green plants is ideally red and blue. LED technology allows you to produce only those colours, again saving energy because you don’t have to produce green or white light. We visited a grower of cresses (micro vegetables), who has recently installed a multilayered LED systems, which saves him money and space.
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Solar-thermal, high-tunnel greenhouse project begun by Green Mountain College

Enviromovement | September 16, 2010 | Green Mountain College (Poultney, Vermont) Professor Lucas Brown and students Julia Marcusa and Nick Ravotti talk about GMC’s high tunnel greenhouse project. The greenhouses use solar energy to help grow year-round.
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A better hoop house: Video series offers creative options

RemoteGardener | August 16, 2010  | Your friend Greg shows you how durable Solexx 5mm greenhouse covering is and provides you with information about the material. Solexx durability is demonstrated through the use of the BFT (ballistic fist test). The BFT gives you an example of Solexx’s strength and greenhouse glazing potential.
RemoteGardener | August 20, 2010  |  The 5 mm Solexx is shown with an 8’6″ Conley greenhouse cold frame which was extended to 12′ in height. Coldframe modification is used to gain more growing space while staying within a budget.
RemoteGardener | August 27, 2010  | Your friend Greg shows you how a hoop house coldframe can be modified to gain height and allow additional room to grow your vegetables. Additional growing space is achieved by pushing the frame up from the ground and using fence posts for support.

This greenhouse is built on unlevel ground with a difference of 8 feet from one end to the other. By raising the coldframe, we were able to level the structure and add additional height for growing plants.

Read more here: remotegardener.com.

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Inground pool becomes backyard “biodome,” producing food for family of four

TheGardenPool | July 15, 2010  |  http://GardenPool.org
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