Notice Correction: About the caterpillar tunnel - it turns out that David actually built it and I came over and helped with the plastic and videoed the covering process. 🙂 Also he used 24 foot bows (vs. 20 foot) which resulted in a tunnel that is about 15 feet wide.

Downloads

Extra Resources

Video Presentation From Winter Training Series



Notice Correction: When Eliot Coleman get's the 30º of difference from outside his hoophouse to under his second cover he is actually using cold frames inside the greenhouse and not row covers. You will probably not get 15º of temperature difference under a row cover - but should be able to get around 5º and maybe even possibly as high as 10º depending on the conditions.

And about the caterpillar tunnel - it turns out that David actually built it and I came over and helped with the plastic and videoed the covering process. 🙂 Also he used 24 foot bows (vs. 20 foot) which resulted in a tunnel that is about 15 feet wide.

Agriculture Zones

Find out what zone you are in (United States):

Calculate Your Agriculture Zone
(National Gardening Association)




For information on other countries and more information on agriculture zoning go here:

Hardiness Zone - Wikipedia




USDA Hardiness Zones

Here is a full table listing all the zones and their corresponding temperatures. You could also use this table to figure out what zone you are in by matching it with the coldest temperatures that you experience during the winter.


Zone From To
0 a < −53.9 °C (−65 °F)
b −53.9 °C (−65 °F) −51.1 °C (−60 °F)
1 a −51.1 °C (−60 °F) −48.3 °C (−55 °F)
b −48.3 °C (−55 °F) −45.6 °C (−50 °F)
2 a −45.6 °C (−50 °F) −42.8 °C (−45 °F)
b −42.8 °C (−45 °F) −40 °C (−40 °F)
3 a −40 °C (−40 °F) −37.2 °C (−35 °F)
b −37.2 °C (−35 °F) −34.4 °C (−30 °F)
4 a −34.4 °C (−30 °F) −31.7 °C (−25 °F)
b −31.7 °C (−25 °F) −28.9 °C (−20 °F)
5 a −28.9 °C (−20 °F) −26.1 °C (−15 °F)
b −26.1 °C (−15 °F) −23.3 °C (−10 °F)
6 a −23.3 °C (−10 °F) −20.6 °C (−5 °F)
b −20.6 °C (−5 °F) −17.8 °C (0 °F)
7 a −17.8 °C (0 °F) −15 °C (5 °F)
b −15 °C (5 °F) −12.2 °C (10 °F)
8 a −12.2 °C (10 °F) −9.4 °C (15 °F)
b −9.4 °C (15 °F) −6.7 °C (20 °F)
9 a −6.7 °C (20 °F) −3.9 °C (25 °F)
b −3.9 °C (25 °F) −1.1 °C (30 °F)
10 a −1.1 °C (30 °F) +1.7 °C (35 °F)
b +1.7 °C (35 °F) +4.4 °C (40 °F)
11 a +4.4 °C (40 °F) +7.2 °C (45 °F)
b +7.2 °C (45 °F) +10 °C (50 °F)
12 a +10 °C (50 °F) +12.8 °C (55 °F)
b > +12.8 °C (55 °F)

Source: Wikipedia Hardiness Zone

Floating Row Covers, Plastic, Accessories and Resources

Here are some resources for purchasing floating row covers, plastic, or other season extension materials:

Row Covers and Accessories - Johnny's Selected Seeds

Floating Row Covers, Supports, and Plastic
Seven Springs Farm (they do custom cuts)

Building a High Tunnel or Caterpillar Tunnel

Here is an instruction mannual from Johnny's Selected Seeds on using their Quick Hoops™ High Tunnel Bender to build your own metal high tunnel out of 1 3/8" fence top rail:

Build Your Own High Tunnel - Johnny's Selected Seeds (PDF)




Here is how Windflower Farm made their own caterpillar tunnels:

Caterpillar Tunnels at Windflower Farm - University of Vermont (PDF)

Suggested Reading

For a deeper look into this module read the following:

Four Season Harvest: p. 72-103

The New Organic Grower: p. 204-239

Join the Discussion

4 Comments

  • Kim Plaster

    Reply Reply August 19, 2018

    Hi!
    The PDF for Building a High Tunnel or Caterpillar Tunnel at Johnny Seeds doesn’t exist through the link in this lesson.

    Thanks!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply August 20, 2018

      Hey thanks Kim! Looks like they might have moved it here. Here’s the updated link: download here. I’ll update it on the page too. 🙂

  • Ken

    Reply Reply August 26, 2019

    Hey Paul!

    Do you know what David used for the ground posts on his caterpillar tunnel?

    Thank you.

    • Paul

      Reply Reply August 30, 2019

      Great question Ken! So I don’t remember the exact diameter but I believe it was simply a larger metal pipe pounded into the ground. You’ll just want to make sure that the fence rail pipe that is bent over can fit into it. Sorry that I don’t have the specifics on that one!

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