Knox-Lincoln Farmer and Gardener Workshop Series

Soil talk: Nutrient Management for High Tunnels

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WHITEFIELD — A presentation on Nutrient Management for High Tunnels will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5 - 6:30 p.m., at Sheepscot General Farm and Store, in Whitefield. This session is the first of two fall programs in the Knox-Lincoln Farmer & Gardener Workshop Series. 

Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine Soil Testing program coordinator, will discuss high tunnel soil testing at the University of Maine and how the lab addresses the specialized management concerns of this unique growing environment.

High tunnels – or unheated hoop houses – provide many benefits to farmers and gardeners in terms of heat gain, season extension and control of foliar diseases. However, these covered growing spaces provide challenges for managing soil nutrients. The combination of high temperatures inside the high tunnel and the need for water to be supplied only by irrigation creates what is essentially an irrigated desert, which over time results in nutrient salt build up and soil stratification.

Hoskins will discuss how to manage nutrients to compensate for these conditions and the much greater nutrient demand on these soils.

This free talk is co-sponsored by Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance.

FMI and to register for this free program, contact, 596-2040 or visit

Event Date: 

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Sheepscot General Farm and Store


98 Town House Road
Whitefield  Maine
United States