Matt Kleinhenz, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Ohio State University
Vegetable growers have long tailored microenvironments around their crops using various tools and approaches. With them, most farmers seek to enhance crop yield and quality and market opportunities. Supplying product at non-traditional portions of the year, for example fall through spring, is an increasingly popular market opportunity. For that, vegetable growers often turn to high tunnels or hoophouses. However, smaller structures such as the mid-tunnels described in a recent Guide released by The OSU, may also have advantages. They can be used alone or in combination with other microenvironment-management, season-extension tools and approaches.
The tutorial file available at this link http://hcs.osu.edu/vpslab/sites/drupal-hcs-vpslab.web/files/mid-tunnel-prep-install-tutorial-final.pdf describes one way to prepare and install “mid-sized” tunnels (Note: the file size is 5.5mb so it may take a while to download depending on your connection speed).