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From the Haygrove people….

Received this email from Harry at Haygrove Tunnels. It has some great information I wanted to pass on.

 

Dear Growers,

 Good day to you.  I hope you are making the most of this long winter to do extensive crop planning for this coming Spring. It’s also a great time to finish up those repair projects and I’ve included some resources that I have found helpful for each of those tasks in this letter.

 Perhaps most importantly, if you are planning to buy and build high tunnels for this coming season, it is not yet too late.  Please contact me this coming week to make the arrangements.

 If a delay is beyond your control, you can build a Haygrove over planted crops, however you’ll miss the early season opportunity this year, but will still get all of the crop protection benefits like reduced disease pressure and higher yields and fewer culls.  

 When planting for high tunnel coverage, plant your crops on row centers that are divisible into 24′ wide bays.  So 2′, 3′, 4′, 6′, 8′ and 12′ centers all work ideally depending on the crop.  For early snow peas, I have used 3′ spacing, for tomatoes and cucumbers I use 6′ centers and for raspberries I use 8′ centers.  (When I park the cultivator inside the Gothic for the winter, it’s on 12′ center;-)

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 Here are some resources that I’ve found useful lately.  Perhaps you will find some value here too?

First low-risk planting dates:

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/e-PDGSeedStart.aspx

Another crop management resource:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/

Carburetor Rebuilding, mail order service.  This guy rebuilt the carburetor for my 1942 David Bradley this winter and did a nice job.  He even manufactured a new needle valve for it:

http://www.farmersserviceinc.com/carbrebuild.htm

Or, if you’d rather do the repair yourself and just need some tips from a professional, check out the 700+ videos by this instructor. The Small Engine Doctor, Youtube Channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/donyboy73?feature=watch

Check here for a daily pricing report from Park Slope CoOp in NY, NY.  I use this as a comparative base for my pricing.  With some cross-checking, it is possible to adjust this by a fixed percentage to suit your wholesale or retail market.  For instance, if you usually sell your cucumbers at 20% less than these prices and you are introducing a new crop like arugula to your market, I’d introduce it at 20% less than this price list and then adjust it from there later.  Remember, this is a low cost retail food outlet in NYC.  The neighborhood is expensive, but the CoOp members provide 75% of the labor for free:

http://foodcoop.com/go.php?id=90

Super regards,

Harry Edwards

Haygrove Tunnels

717.606.8021