A significant part of season extension involves moving an intact structure.
This basically allows you to get two (or possibly three) plots of production from one investment.
The idea is to start a relatively cold tolerant crop very early in the season (the timing will be different in different locations).
- Once the crop is firmly established in location A, (and it has warmed up) you will move the structure to location B and start another crop.
- You will harvest the crop in location A and then after working the soil, plant another crop in location A which is intended for fall harvesting.
- After location B is harvested and before frost you will move the structure back to A.
- Instead of doing twice in location A you could also choose location C.
A structure can be equipped with wheels which will run over the soil. There is quite a bit of flexibility where you go and the terrain you navigate.
The structure can be equipped with rollers on a track. This will determine where you go and this is usually intended for moving a bigger structure with fewer people.
The most common method of moving is sliding the structure on the soil. The base rail can be wood or steel.
It is critically import to understand the logistics of moving on a structure before you start. It is not hard to move a structure but it is also not hard to do damage.
Having a plan for proper anchoring is very important for a moveable structure. Your structure is at a vulnerable state when you release the anchors. Once you start, the job must be completed quickly. You have to be aware that the anchors may not come out or go back in easily so you may need to give yourself some extra time.
One other area of consideration on a moveable structure is the ends. There must be some sort of a flap or vent along the bottom so that when a structure is being moved, the ends will not uproot plant material. Generally speaking to have this ability in the ends takes away from the structural integrity, so some extra anchoring may be required.
You can see more information and photos on our movable information page. Please don’t hesitate to call us with ANY questions you may have. This can be a very useful addition to your structure, but must be understood correctly.
Stay tuned for part two and three of our season extension series later this week!