Season Extension workshops March 9th in Cove and 10th in Wallowa were very popular among farmers and gardeners with 40 people attending. The workshop was taught by Deb Reth of Wallowa and the Lower Valley Farmers Market. Deb shared her over 20 years experience gardening in Wallowa County with low row tunnels–despite the snow and wind. Deb shared three ways to make low row tunnels with heavy agribon that withstand the Eastern Oregon conditions. Low rows extend your season by warming your soil in the spring and protecting plants from frost in the fall. You can even use them as an extra level of protection in your greenhouse into winter. If you couldn’t make it to the workshop, not to worry. Below you’ll find all the info requested by participants to get started and the handout from the workshop.
Low Row Info Resources:
- Click here for the handout from the workshop.
- Click here for an additional handout by Deb.
- Books: Elliot Coleman’s books were mentioned by Deb. There are many on season extension and 4-season gardening. http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/ The Winter Harvest Handbook is a manual that Deb had and suggested. It is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-winter-harvest-manual-cold-winter-supplementary/dp/B0006QYW8Y
Low Row Materials Sources:
- Agribon: Agribon is the row cover. We purchased heavy weight Agribon 83”x 500′. Here are a few places that sell it: Johnny’s and Farm Tek.
- Washers: Deb sews in washers to thread the wire through. Since her models last 5-10 years, it is worth the effort. We purchased grade 5 bolt washers available at hardware stores or Fastenal in La Grande.
- Wire: Fencing wire is used for the frame of the tunnel. We used #9 fencing wire available at feed/farm stores, but only by the roll. Talk to your neighbors if you only need a little.
Season Extension Email Discussion Group:
If you’re interested in our new discussion group on season extension or connecting with folks to bulk buy materials, sign up for the new listserv/email Google Group season extension. You will have to sign up for a Google Account if you haven’t already. You don’t need a Gmail account. Just email email@example.com to join the group.
Other Info from Workshop:
- Painted Hills open pollinated cold tolerant corn: http://www.victoryseeds.com/corn_painted-hill.html
- Double Standard corn http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7009-double-standard-su-og.aspx
- Compost from Cove FFA, contact Toby at 541-805-4570 or Toby.Koehn@covesd.org.
- Azure Standard is a local company in Dufur that has many food and gardening products you can order online. http://www.azurestandard.com/
Many thanks to Deb and her husband John for volunteering to prepare the materials and teach the class. Thanks to our partner Sara Miller at the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District for organizing the workshop with ORA. This workshop was made possible by funds from the Meyer Memorial Trust and the Oregon Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
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