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Science and the Environment

Greenhouses and High Tunnels Focus of Workshop in August

U.S. Department of Agriculture

A two-day Greenhouse and High Tunnel Workshop is set for next month at Missouri State University-Mountain Grove.

Jennifer Morganthaler is clinical instructor at the campus and is one of the workshop’s presenters.  She said a high tunnel is a covered structure, usually unheated, that can extend the growing season.

"It's a protected environment and you can keep your the light filtered, the rain off of your plants," she said.

They come in a range of sizes and generally consist of a hoop frame and plastic covering.  They can be used in a commercial setting or in a backyard garden.

Morganthaler said the workshop, August 3 and 4, will cover a variety of topics.

"We're going to cover basic construction, hydroponics and soilless growing, biological control and trapping of pests, fertigation and fertilizer proportion for high tunnels as well as fruit production, greens production and tomato production," she said.

There will be tours of greenhouses and high tunnels on campus, and a growers and presenter panel will field questions from the audience.

According to Morganthaler, the workshop is geared towards commercial growers, but home gardeners will find the information useful as well.

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