An Ugly Truth About High Tunnels

Sometimes they blow away — or get severely damaged.  This happened yesterday to my high tunnel.  I was just getting it prepped for planting in the next week or so, but instead Mother Nature had other ideas.  Yesterday, we had high winds (hurricane force I would guess) and perhaps a tornado or straight line winds (both of these are unconfirmed).  Ah, well, we will see what can be salvaged or repaired and start again (if possible).  If you are thinking of using a high tunnel there are several good websites to help get you started:

http://www.hightunnels.org/index.htm

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Topic-Rooms/Season-Extension-Topic-Room/Season-Extension-Types-and-Construction

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Topic-Rooms/Season-Extension-Topic-Room

http://msucares.com/crops/hightunnels/index.html

http://msucares.com/crops/hightunnels/supplies.html

http://msucares.com/crops/hightunnels/videos.html

http://msucares.com/crops/hightunnels/pubs.html

If you want to see the damaged sustained, take a look below:

High tunnel looking South to North

High tunnel looking South to North

Interior of the high tunnel

Interior of the high tunnel

 

Looking North to South

Looking North to South

 

Another North to South angle

Another North to South angle

Plastic torn off the sides and roof

Plastic torn off the sides and roof

 

 

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2 responses

  1. Hopefully, we’ll be able to salvage some of the parts. In the meantime, I can adopt some of the dragon fruit for other locations.

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