• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Rasied bed temps

 
jerry royce
Posts: 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have a hoop house and have raised beds within that. Is there a way to raise the bed temps? I live in the north east and want to plant early items even earlier.
 
Tim Malacarne
Posts: 226
Location: South central Illinois, USA
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We have a solar growhole with raised beds. I notice the soil temperatures really follow the air temperatures. If there's nothing else in your hoop house I guess you could allow it to overheat for a few days, see what that does...

Our growhole is small 8' X 16', looks to me like the only way to grow stuff through the winter is to add some bottom heat.

One fellow detailed a method where you'd bury 4" plastic pipes in the beds, then use fans to circulate excess heat through there. That will only work IF you have the sunlight to generate the excess heat......

IDK, really.....
 
R Scott
Posts: 3306
Location: Kansas Zone 6a
32
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Pull back any mulch to expose black dirt. Light colored mulch really keeps the solar energy out of the dirt (good in the heat, not in the spring).
 
2017 Appropriate Technology Course at Wheaton Labs http://richsoil.com/pdc
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!