Once upon a time, I used to overwinter brassicas and other seed crops in caterpillar tunnels.
But as the Tourne-Sol seed company got bigger, we had limited time to build tunnels in October and November, so we started growing seed crops in our greenhouses.
Last year we reached the limit of our greenhouse space for seed crops. We decided to go back to caterpillar tunnels and planted some crops to overwinter in the field.
It turns out we didn’t have any more time in November to build caterpillar tunnels.
We made a pretty rushed decision to try mini tunnels instead.
This is what that looked like …
November 5 – We Set Up Some Tunnels
November 12 – Winter Came Early
It got so cold and so snowy so quickly, we thought we’d lost our chance.
December 1 – We Got Another Chance!
Just in time for a snowy winter with a little …
January 11 – Miserable Ice And Slush
February 12 – Everything Is At Peace
I wanted to uncover these tunnels in late March or April …
But then COVID came to town and everyone decided they wanted to garden and we spent all our time filling seed orders.
April 28 – We Finally Uncover!
To Reveal Brassicas In Flower …
And some oregano, thyme, chervil, mâche, larkspur …
July 1 – Most Seed Is Harvested But …
Time For Larkspur To Bloom!
Mini Tunnels Were A Sucess!
We’re already planning on repeating mini tunnels for next winter.
Let”s see what else we can get to over winter!