Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Carroll County “Grow It Eat It” team produces High Results with their High Tunnel.

A high tunnel may not give you more hours in a day but it will give you months of extra hours in a growing season. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow shall prevent you from tending your garden. A high tunnel will reduce your work, increase your harvest and give you more time to enjoy the work we all love.

That’s what the Carroll County “Grow It Eat It” Demonstration Garden Team experienced during their first year of food and small fruit production. The team jumped into their first season early this year by planting the usual garden vegetables and small fruits. Especially noteworthy is their experience with the “High Tunnel”.

The high tunnel expectations were high but the results are even higher. Cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, etc are growing amazingly well as though they are members of the Galapagos Island community. This picture of the broccoli is really inspiring.

“Grow It Eat It” team leader and Carroll County Master Gardener Diane Brown notes "I see that I need a high tunnel at my house!".

The team is anxious to learn what their Demonstration Garden project can grow into. They have built several raised beds both inside the high tunnel and outside in an area set aside to teach the public how they too can achieve these high results from their own backyard gardens.

The small team of volunteers has provided a herculean effort each week with outstanding results. Please come out and visit some evening. The group meets each Monday evening at 7:00PM. The garden is open to the public and is located directly behind the Carroll County Agriculture Center “Shipley Arena”. We hope to see you there.

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