We have had 2 light frosts in the past week here in the Pittsburgh area, but these were the first of the year. In our garden, I am getting the 2 beds I plan to overwinter covered with hoops. I used 10' lengths of 1/2" electrical conduit bent on a hoop-bender to cover the 4' beds. The hoop bender is sold by Johnny's Selected Seeds, and is also available locally for members to check out from Grow Pittsburgh's Garden Resource Center. This "quick hoop" method is Eliot Coleman's chosen low tunnel recipe. He uses lightweight row cover and then a layer of plastic over that when real winter descends. I have had luck just using a single layer of the thickest grade row cover available. Other hoop materials could be used as available. At Garden Dreams we use gas pipe stuck onto 14" rebar stakes.
|Misato Rose Radish & Danvers Carrots (alternate rows)|
|Misato Rose Radish and Chocolate Habaneros|
|3 piles: radishes, greens, and greens stems for chickens|
|The greens on these radishes are very large! Think turnips.|
|2 beds that will be overwintered with hoops in place|