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High Tunnel Tomatoes Planted

Posted by UKHTRF on April 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello all,

Last week, we got all of our tunnel tomatoes in the ground--we are using the variety Arbason this week. Since this is a research farm, we do lots of experiments. This year with our tomatoes, we are experimenting with planting dates (see our previous post), but we are also experimenting with strip tilling tomatoes in the tunnels. Last fall, we seeded winter wheat and red clover in one of our tunnel beds and two weeks ago, we mowed it down with the flail mower attachment on ou...

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Visit to Grow Appalachia tunnels in London, KY

Posted by UKHTRF on March 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey everybody, feels like the spring is about to explode. Our big plantings are about to start (Tomato trial planting dates already happening, Beets mid March, and everything else takes off in April). 

Last week we headed out to one of the many Grow Appalachia sites at the Laurel County African American Heritage Center in London, KY. This is one of the state-wide ...

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Planting on our minds

Posted by UKHTRF on January 31, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone!

Despite the continual frigid temperatures, we know that spring is just around the corner. For tunnel growers, spring comes even a little bit earlier than it does in the field. We are starting some of our transplants now (tomatoes and peppers for April 1st, and 15th plantings) and will do some bed prep later in the month of February. While this site is dedicated to our tunnels, we thought we might feature a little information about another technology we grow in: a "solar ...

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After the Polar Vortex

Posted by UKHTRF on January 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We--like many others--are assessing damage to our crops after the chilling temperatures and winds blew through the Bluegrass in the early days of the New Year. Surprisingly, we only lost a few crops during that incredible cold. In our beet beds, the Red Ace variety survived the best, while the Golden Beets fared the worst. We lost enough Goldens and Chioggias to call them crop losses, but we still have our fingers crossed on the Red Ace. We lost a few head lettuces here and there, and some of...

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