We're far enough along now to say that we're officially finished the construction and initial planting of our first high tunnel. A high tunnel is an unheated greenhouse. It allows us to grow new crops that will not succeed outside, as well as to extend the growing season for things we also grow outside.
Currently planted in the tunnel are poppies, anemones, tulips, ranunculus, sweet peas, sweet william, sweet rocket, and bells of ireland. Needless to say, it's pretty sweet!
The tunnel has side curtains that roll up, and programmable, thermostatically controlled motor system that raises and lowers them depending on the weather. When the temperature inside gets above 60, up go the sides. When it gets below 40, down they go.
we also have a nice stand of about 250 foxgloves growing outside.