Learn all about hoop houses and gardening in Hoop House 101 on Tuesday, April 26

BEDFORD – If you’ve heard of Hoop Houses, but are not really sure what they are, but you like to garden and have heard this is a great gardening tool, this is the session for you. Join us at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at the Community Gardens at 416 H Street in Bedford, for Hoop House 101.

Hannah Martin with the Lawrence County SWCD; Whitney Baldwin from the Natural Resource Conservation Service; and Kathy Bodkin, President of Land of Limestone Master Gardeners, will talk about what you’ll need to start your garden plot in a Hoop House. The three women will explain how to prepare the soil for production to optimize your garden this summer.

“Seasonal high tunnels or hoop houses are becoming more popular, for the individuals who want to get a `head start’ each year for vegetable production,” Baldwin says. “She explained that these structures are designed to trap heat during daylight hours, and then stay warm through the cold hours of the night.

Baldwin notes, “In our area of southern Indiana, growers can begin planting roughly four weeks earlier, and can continue to grow through December in many cases, making them desirable for the eager hard-working gardener.”  She hopes to have a good crowd of those who want to up their gardening game come out to learn more about Hoop Houses.

Bring your questions, to learn more about this new tool to take gardening to the next level.

The free, one-hour educational program will be presented at the Community Gardens at 416 H Street in Bedford. The program is part of the Bedford Park Outdoor Series.  Please RSVP for the program by Friday, April 22nd at 812-275-5692 so we have enough handouts and chairs ready. Also mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 24, when the Outdoor Program Series will feature a program on Pollination and Beekeepers. This program will also be at the Community Garden on 416 H Street in Bedford.