Winter Hoop House Harvest Schedule


| 12/30/2016 9:33:00 AM


Tags: hoop houses, season extension, fall gardening, winter gardening, garden planning, harvesting, high tunnels, vegetable crops, Pam Dawling, Virginia,

 

If you don't yet have a hoop house (high tunnel), this winter and spring harvesting schedule should give you encouragement to get one. We are in Zone 7a, so if you are in a colder climate, add inner tunnels (we don't need them), and adjust the dates to see what you can achieve. We have 20 different crops of salad and cooking greens, turnips, radishes and scallions. We have also used some space for starts of bulbing onions, kale, spinach and collards, to transplant outdoors in early spring.

See my article Don't Be Afraid of Bare Root Transplants in Growing for Market magazine February 2015 for more about this labor- and space-saving method of growing crops that transplant easily.

Hoop House Harvest Schedule, October to May

Sorted by harvest start date

Crop

Variety

Catalog days to harvest. Baby (or transplant age) - Full-size

Sown

Transplanted

Last planting date

Harvest Start

Harvest End

Notes

Radish #1

Easter Egg, Cherry Belle, White Icicle

24-35

6-Sep

 

 

3-Oct

10-Nov

Can follow with scallions #2 11/17

Edamame #3

Seed crop, Envy

110

16-Jul

 

 

5-Oct

16-Oct

Seed crop, sow 6/22-7/23. 110-120 days to mature seed

Cowpeas #5

seed crop, Mississippi Silver, Carolina Crowder

95

23-Jul

 

16-Jul

13-Oct

20-Oct

Only 1 week harvest, reduced yield. Too late to clear bed for winter crops 10/31

Spinach #1

Tyee

23-40

7-Sep

 

 

28-Oct

6-Mar

Seed pre-sprouted 1 week. 51d to harvest

Brassica Salad Mix #1

various

21

2-Oct

 

2-Oct

29-Oct

22-Dec

Can follow with Radishes #5, 12/23

Tatsoi #1

 

21-45

7-Sep

 

 

30-Oct

31-Dec

Thinnings 10/8. Clear by 1/14 to follow with Spinach #5 on 1/15

Mizuna #1

Mizuna, Ruby Streaks, Golden Frills, Scarlet Frills

21-40

24-Sep

20-Oct

 

5-Nov

10-Feb

Green Mizuna plus ferny mustards. Mizuna, Ruby Streaks bolt before mother mustards.

Radish #2

Easter Egg, Cherry Belle, White Icicle

24-35

1-Oct

 

 

6-Nov

17-Dec

May last till 1/2. Can follow with brassica salad mix 2/1 or earlier

Beet greens

Bulls Blood

35-60

7-Sep

 

 

12-Nov

25-Apr

 

Chard #1

Brite Lites

28-55

15-Sep

16-Oct

 

15-Nov

20-Apr

 

Tokyo bekana

 

21-45

15-Sep

1-Oct

 

15-Nov

9-Jan

Clear by 1/14 to follow with spinach on 1/16

Lettuce #1

leaf

28-56

15-Sep

15-Oct

31-Oct

16-Nov

20-Apr

Harvest as leaves until 3/21 then cut heads until late April

Lettuce #2

leaf

28-56

24-Sep

25-Oct

31-Oct

16-Nov

20-Apr

Harvest as leaves until 3/21 then cut heads until late April

Scallions #1

Evergreen Winter Hardy White

60

7-Sep

 

 

18-Nov

30-Apr

Harvest start variable 10/30-12/11

Arugula #1

 

21-45

24-Oct

 

 

20-Nov

24-Feb

We are notorious for not harvesting this!

Brassica fillers #1

senposai, Tokyo bekana, Maruba santoh. (Yukina Savoy)

21

10-Oct

26-Nov

25-Jan

26-Nov

4-Mar

Transplant to fill gaps in brassica beds, until 1/25

Pak Choy

Joy Choy, Prize Choy

50

15-Sep

3-Oct

 

30-Nov

23-Jan

Can follow with kale 1/24

Brassica fillers #2

senposai, Tokyo bekana, Maruba santoh. (Yukina Savoy)

21

20-Oct

4-Dec

25-Jan

4-Dec

4-Mar

Transplant to fill gaps in brassica beds, until 1/25

Chard #2

Brite Lites

28-55

26-Oct

 

 

4-Dec

30-May

7d to emerge. Thinnings 1/2

Chinese cabbage

Blues

52

15-Sep

2-Oct

 

4-Dec

23-Jan

Can follow with Kale 1/24. 
Or some may stand till 2/9

Lettuce Mix #1

 

28

23-Oct

 

 

4-Dec

15-Mar

6d to emerge. 50d to harvest Possibly 6 cuts (12/11, 12/30, 2/2, 2/20, 3/2, 3/8).

Turnips #1 & turnip greens

Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg

38-55

14-Oct

 

 

5-Dec

20-Feb

Thinnings from 11/29. Hakurei and Oasis are fastest, some ready 2/12

Yukina Savoy #1

 

21-45

15-Sep

6-Oct

 

5-Dec

31-Jan

Thinnings 10/26

Kale

Red Russian

28-60

24-Sep

22-Oct

 

8-Dec

3-Apr

Bolts before White Russian

Kale

White Russian

28-60

24-Sep

22-Oct

 

8-Dec

26-Apr

 

Radish #3

Easter Egg, White Icicle

24-35

30-Oct

 

 

8-Dec

16-Feb

 

Spinach #2

Tyee

23-40

24-Oct

 

 

8-Dec

7-May

Emerge in 6d. 45d to harvest.

Senposai

 

21-40

24-Sep

24-Oct

 

13-Dec

10-Mar

Some bolting 2/8 omwards

Lettuce Filler #1

Good: Red Tinged Winter, Salad Bowl, Hyper Red Wave, Winter Wonderland, Osborne Multileafs

28

23-Oct

1-Jan

 

1-Jan

25-Jan

Leaf varieties to fill gaps in lettuce beds from 1 Jan

Spinach #3 (filler)

Tyee

23-40

9-Nov

1-Jan

 

1-Jan

7-May

Transplant to fill gaps in spinach beds from 1/1. Thinnings 2/3. 86d to harvest.

Lettuce Filler #2

Good: Red Tinged Winter, Salad Bowl, Hyper Red Wave, Winter Wonderland, Osborne Multileafs

28

9-Nov

 

 

7-Jan

25-Jan

Leaf varieties to fill gaps in lettuce beds

Yukina Savoy #2

 

21-45

24-Sep

24-Oct

 

8-Jan

2-Mar

May stand 2 weeks later.

Radish #4

Easter Egg, White Icicle

24-35

27-Nov

 

 

13-Jan

25-Feb

Harvest start date variable 1/13-2/18

Spinach #4 (filler)

Tyee

23-40

27-Dec

 

 

15-Jan

7-May

Transplant to fill gaps in spinach beds from 1/15

Mizuna #2

Mizuna, Ruby Streaks, Golden Frills, Scarlet Frills

21-40

9-Nov

 

 

20-Jan

3-Apr

Green Mizuna plus ferny mustards

Spinach #5 (filler)

Tyee

23-40

15-Jan

 

31-Mar

25-Jan

7-May

Transplant to fill gaps in all beds from 1/25

Turnips #2 & turnip greens

Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg

38-55

26-Oct

 

 

1-Feb

8-Mar

Emerge in 4d. If we have space, we sow #2-5 earlier, for higher yields.

Turnips #3 & turnip greens

Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg

38-55

30-Oct

 

10/30 for good yields

1-Feb

11-Mar

Important to thin promptly (1/13) or yield will be much reduced. Hakurei until 2/24

Tatsoi #2

 

21-45

15-Nov

 

 

12-Feb

2-Mar

thinnings 12/27-1/21.

Lettuce Mix #2

 

28

31-Dec

 

 

21-Feb

31-Mar

52d to harvest. 3 cuts. Round 2 3/24.

Radish #5

Easter Egg, White Icicle

24-35

30-Dec

 

 

21-Feb

30-Mar

Emerge in 5d.

Spinach #6 (starts for outdoors)

Tyee

23-40

16-Jan

 

 

21-Feb

8-Apr

To transplant outdoors

Turnips #4 & turnip greens

Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg

38-55

10-Nov

 

 

25-Feb

15-Mar

Important to thin promptly, or yield will be much reduced. Hakurei until 3/11

Onions #1

Starts of bulbing varieties

80-100

10-Nov

 

 

1-Mar

20-Mar

To transplant outdoors 3/1

Onions #2

Starts of bulbing varieties

80-100

22-Nov

 

 

1-Mar

20-Mar

 

Onions #3

Starts of bulbing varieties

80-100

3-Dec

 

 

1-Mar

20-Mar

Back-up date for filler onions

Brassica Salad Mix #2

 

21

9-Dec

 

 

4-Mar

29-Mar

11d to emerge

Turnips #5 & turnip greens

Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg

38-55

10-Dec

 

10-Dec

5-Mar

15-Mar

Important to thin promptly, or yield will be much reduced

Brassica Salad Mix #3

 

21

1-Feb

 

 

8-Mar

15-Apr

Only 2 cuts. Can follow Radishes #2

Collards starts

Morris Heading

35-70

24-Jan

 

 

15-Mar

25-Mar

Emerge in 15d at 50F. To transplant outdoors

Kale starts

Vates

28-56

24-Jan

 

 

15-Mar

8-Apr

Emerge in 15d at 50F.  To transplant outdoors 3/15-4/8

Lettuce Mix #3

 

28

1-Feb

 

 

15-Mar

28-Apr

12d to emerge at 50F. 42d to harvest. 3 cuts.

Radish #6

Easter Egg, White Icicle

24-35

27-Jan

 

 

16-Mar

20-Apr

 

Arugula #2

 

21-45

1-Feb

 

 

17-Mar

17-Apr

Harvest start date uncertain

Lettuce Mix #4

 

28

15-Feb

 

15-Feb

18-Mar

15-May

Only if outdoor lettuce is delayed

Scallions #2

Evergreen Winter Hardy White

60

13-Nov

 

 

19-Mar

25-May

 

Brassica Salad Mix #4

 

21

9-Feb

 

12-Feb

27-Mar

30-Apr

Only 1 or 2 cuts

Cabbage starts

 

 

24-Jan

1-Apr

 

1-Apr

15-Apr

Emerge in 15d at 50F. To transplant outdoors 4/1

Pea shoots

any leftover seed

10

10-Mar

 

 

5-Apr

6-May

If space allows. 9d to emerge.

Mizuna #3

Mizuna, Ruby Streaks, Golden Frills, Scarlet Frills

21-40

3-Mar

 

 

10-Apr

30-Apr

Green Mizuna plus ferny mustards. Could last till 5/20

Beets

Cylindra

54

15-Feb

 

 

15-Apr

15-Jun

Edge beds OK. 17d to emerge at 50F

Peas, Snap

Sugar Ann

52

1-Feb

 

 

27-Apr

20-May

Fast dwarf variety. 24d to emerge

Pam Dawling works in the vegetable gardens at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia. She often presents workshops at MEN Fairs. Pam also writes for Growing for Market magazine. Her book, Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres, is available at Sustainable Market Farming and in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS StorePam's blog is on her website and also on Facebook. Read all of her MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.


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