Hannah and Howard's Santa Fe Year-Round
Project Begun on August 20
This covered raised hooped 8 foot by 4 foot vegetable bed will provide year round organic vegetables.
The box is constructed with Western Cedar.
The cable photo shows the laying down of the heating cables about 4 to 6 inches deep into the earth. These cables are attached to a thermostat which is set to turn the heat on when, during the winter, the earth temperature reaches 38 degrees. It turns off when 40 or 41 degrees is attained. These help keep the plants thriving throughout the winter.
The summer cover is custom made in a UV resistant, breathable, N-Sulate material (polypropylene) that will protect the crop from harsh sun and wind. There is an additional winter cover, which is custom made from a six mil UV resistant greenhouse plastic called Flex o'Glass which gives additional protection from any harsh winter weather.
This is our initial year with this raised vegetable bed and I have planted on/about September 9th, for my first crop: choy, Swiss chard, kale, carrots, two varieties of beets, butter lettuce, broccoli, and collards.
Both of us are experiencing an abundance of excitement with this project.