|Rebar stakes go in first - thanks to Steve for cutting and supply.|
So, the discussions started taking place about how we would protect them this year. My daughter built her tomato tunnel first - once the seedlings are ready for the outdoors, those coverings have to be ready. When we arrived home from the road trip, we discovered that our tomato seedlings would be delivered by the weekend. Time to swing into action.
|One hoop done - gettin' the hang of it now.|
Anne had already researched ways to build what everyone seems to be calling "hoop houses". Of course, everyone wants to build theirs in the least expensive way as well as the easiest. Some hoops are easier to make than others. She had also discussed ways and means with Steve who knows this stuff - and who has nifty tools to share.
|This tool cuts the PVC tubing - cool, huh?|
These photos are of the stages of building our mini-greenhouse which should protect the wee plants from the
|Add wheels for a covered wagon.|
|Attach a plastic cover and voila! Happy tomato plants!|
I am not a DIY-er in quite the same way. Rather than buy materials (except yarn, of course) I'm more a what-can-I-find-in-the-recycling kind of person. It gives me huge satisfaction to re-purpose things. It was sunny when I planted my little basil seedlings. But summer disappears quick here and they absolutely need the warmth of lovely sunny days. From experience I've learned how terribly unhappy they are in the rain. This year, I am determined to have huge, bushy basil plants - nay, trees! - with healthy green leaves for cooking. After everything was planted out, the gray clouds began to gather. Oh, dear! I'd better get that basil under cover. Rummaging in the recycling box produced a large plastic clamshell. Perfect!
And after a week of sunny periods mixed with hours of rain, my basil is dry and warm but still gets air and water. Winner! The sun is supposed to come out for real this weekend. Maybe we can roll up the sides of the wagons and take off the clamshell? Fingers crossed.