Early August Update
We are busy harvesting here at UNH's Woodman Farm and wanted to share some pictures from our research plots over the last few weeks. Harvesting three days a week is working well for us and we are currently collecting data on storability of the fruit among treatments, as well as sugar levels and skin color.
Raised beds without plastic mulch have required more frequent weeding, about once per week using a hoe to keep on top of the weeds. This has deteriorated the bed shape a bit, but is necessary. We have observed the largest and most robust plants on the black plastic mulch thus far. The wooden tomato stakes are holding up well as anchors for the ends of the tunnels. The plastic has required basically no adjustments after it was tightened following installation. We are seeing some splash-up of soil onto the beds when there is precipitation, and would recommend straw along the edges of the beds for this reason. We plan to use it next year.
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This project is funded by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and Tunnel Berries, a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant titled "Optimizing Protected Culture for Berry Crops" in collaboration with the following universities: