Direct seeding in the fall hoophouse
publication date: Sep 1, 2011
At our farm, we tend to direct seed cool-season crops more than most of the farmers we know. There are a number of reasons for this, but the main one is that we both have multiple off-farm jobs so if we can direct seed something and water it once a day while it’s germinating (or miss a day if we are out of town for work) we usually go for it. It also saves us time and money that we would spend buying or making media, filling flats, watering twice a day, etc. That shouldn’t be seen as a knock on transplanting fall crops in tunnels or growing transplants on the farm. Many of our friends do that and we may be there someday, but, for now, this is the decision we have made for our farm based on our off-farm responsibilities.
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