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Post  jtdickson on 12/14/2011, 10:42 am

As an experiment I'm using two nylon hoops crossed and tied in each quadrant of a 4x4 SFG. This SFG is topped with a row cover rated to 24 degrees. The quadrants are separated using crossed 4' boards to minimize loads from snowfalls. Since I'm getting such a late start I will only try kale and hope for a very mild winter. At the very least I will have an early start for Spring.

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Row cover rated to 24 degrees and quadrants divided to handle weight of snow.
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Post  janezee on 12/14/2011, 1:34 pm

Hi, jt, and welcome to the forum. glad you\'re here

That's an interesting set-up, one I've not seen before. Cool. Let us know how it works out for you. lots o
I usually don't have to worry about snow, myself. Just lots of rain and wind. 4x4 SFG cold frame experiment 3868
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Post  camprn on 12/14/2011, 3:12 pm

HI JT
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That is a cool set up and I am looking forward to more reports as the season progresses. I would bet you would get good early spinach and onions out of that arrangement as well!. Very Happy

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Post  Furbalsmom on 12/14/2011, 5:00 pm

4x4 SFG cold frame experiment 654548 JT

I really like that set up with the smaller sections of row cover seperated to avoid damage from snow.

Please keep us posted on your progress and how well that arrangement works.

Again, Welcome
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Post  jtdickson on 12/14/2011, 9:45 pm

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. Will post more photos when snow comes. A heavy wet snow will be a good test for this arrangement.
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Post  Luci Dawson on 12/14/2011, 10:43 pm

Welcome to the Forum, JT.

That is surely a very clever set up! What nylon material are you using for the hoops and where did you get it?

I'll be starting my first SFG in Spring, but will keep this idea in Evernote for next winter!!!
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Post  boffer on 12/14/2011, 10:51 pm

Welcome to the forum...any chance you're an engineer?!
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Post  jtdickson on 12/15/2011, 9:28 am

CORRECTION - The hoops aren't nylon, they're 59" fiberglass hoops available at Gardeners Supply.

To answer your question, I'm not an engineer. I recently retired from a career as a software systems manager so I could devote all my time to designing indoor gardening systems.
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Post  staf74 on 12/15/2011, 9:51 am

Are you starting from seed? If so, have you sowed yet? Germination might be tough this time of year but you'll be sure for an early start.

Can you test it out and put a thermometer underneath and record and share the differential pls? I'd be interested to know how the set-up goes.

I'm currently overwintering right now using plastic but interested in a switch to agribon fabric.

Thanks for sharing Very Happy

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 12/16/2011, 2:53 pm

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Post  jtdickson on 12/16/2011, 3:53 pm

I had some very old seeds started indoors and only one came up. New seeds arrived yesterday. Our house is warm so will try starting them next to a cool window. Will move them under grow lights after they germinate. The way things are going I may be moving kale transplants to my cold frame experiment when winter is on the way out.

A thermometer is a great idea. Will look into doing that.

Thanks!
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Post  martha on 12/16/2011, 9:05 pm

I am a huge fan of manual thermometers that register minimum and maximum temps reached.

And, by the way, Welcome!

I lived in Maryland for 7 years - in Columbia. There was a restaurant in Rockville we used to go to. I don't remember the name, because it was a million years ago. 'Tany rate, I always like to hear from people in Maryland. Massachusetts is Home for me, but I did love my time down South, and have some nostalgic moments.
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Post  ashort on 12/16/2011, 9:07 pm

@martha wrote:I am a huge fan of manual thermometers that register minimum and maximum temps reached.

And, by the way, Welcome!

I lived in Maryland for 7 years - in Columbia. There was a restaurant in Rockville we used to go to. I don't remember the name, because it was a million years ago. 'Tany rate, I always like to hear from people in Maryland. Massachusetts is Home for me, but I did love my time down South, and have some nostalgic moments.

HA HA! Maryland = "down South".. HA HA! Smile
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Post  cyclonegardener on 12/16/2011, 10:46 pm

Welcome and very interesting experiment. can't wait for your updates.
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