Winter Hoop House Harvest Schedule

By Pam Dawling

If you don’t yet have a hoop house (high tunnel), this winter and spring harvesting schedule should give you encouragement to get one. We are in Zone 7a, so if you are in a colder climate, add inner tunnels (we don’t need them), and adjust the dates to see what you can achieve. We have 20 different crops of salad and cooking greens, turnips, radishes and scallions. We have also used some space for starts of bulbing onions, kale, spinach and collards, to transplant outdoors in early spring.

See my article Don’t Be Afraid of Bare Root Transplants in Growing for Market magazine February 2015 for more about this labor- and space-saving method of growing crops that transplant easily.

Hoop House Harvest Schedule, October to May

Sorted by harvest start date

Crop Variety Catalog days to harvest. Baby (or transplant age) – Full-size Sown Trans-

planted

Last planting date Harvest Start Harvest End Notes
Radish #1 Easter Egg, Cherry Belle, White Icicle 24-35 6-Sep 3-Oct 10-Nov Can follow with scallions #2 11/17
Edamame #3 Seed crop, Envy 110 16-Jul 5-Oct 16-Oct Seed crop, sow 6/22-7/23. 110-120 days to mature seed
Cowpeas #5 seed crop, Mississippi Silver, Carolina Crowder 95 23-Jul 16-Jul 13-Oct 20-Oct Only 1 week harvest, reduced yield. Too late to clear bed for winter crops 10/31
Spinach #1 Tyee 23-40 7-Sep 28-Oct 6-Mar Seed pre-sprouted 1 week. 51d to harvest
Brassica Salad Mix #1 various 21 2-Oct 2-Oct 29-Oct 22-Dec Can follow with Radishes #5, 12/23
Tatsoi #1 21-45 7-Sep 30-Oct 31-Dec Thinnings 10/8. Clear by 1/14 to follow with Spinach #5 on 1/15
Mizuna #1 Mizuna, Ruby Streaks, Golden Frills, Scarlet Frills 21-40 24-Sep 20-Oct 5-Nov 10-Feb Green Mizuna plus ferny mustards. Mizuna, Ruby Streaks bolt before mother mustards.
Radish #2 Easter Egg, Cherry Belle, White Icicle 24-35 1-Oct 6-Nov 17-Dec May last till 1/2. Can follow with brassica salad mix 2/1 or earlier
Beet greens Bulls Blood 35-60 7-Sep 12-Nov 25-Apr
Chard #1 Brite Lites 28-55 15-Sep 16-Oct 15-Nov 20-Apr
Tokyo bekana 21-45 15-Sep 1-Oct 15-Nov 9-Jan Clear by 1/14 to follow with spinach on 1/16
Lettuce #1 leaf 28-56 15-Sep 15-Oct 31-Oct 16-Nov 20-Apr Harvest as leaves until 3/21 then cut heads until late April
Lettuce #2 leaf 28-56 24-Sep 25-Oct 31-Oct 16-Nov 20-Apr Harvest as leaves until 3/21 then cut heads until late April
Scallions #1 Evergreen Winter Hardy White 60 7-Sep 18-Nov 30-Apr Harvest start variable 10/30-12/11
Arugula #1 21-45 24-Oct 20-Nov 24-Feb We are notorious for not harvesting this!
Brassica fillers #1 senposai, Tokyo bekana, Maruba santoh. (Yukina Savoy) 21 10-Oct 26-Nov 25-Jan 26-Nov 4-Mar Transplant to fill gaps in brassica beds, until 1/25
Pak Choy Joy Choy, Prize Choy 50 15-Sep 3-Oct 30-Nov 23-Jan Can follow with kale 1/24
Brassica fillers #2 senposai, Tokyo bekana, Maruba santoh. (Yukina Savoy) 21 20-Oct 4-Dec 25-Jan 4-Dec 4-Mar Transplant to fill gaps in brassica beds, until 1/25
Chard #2 Brite Lites 28-55 26-Oct 4-Dec 30-May 7d to emerge. Thinnings 1/2
Chinese cabbage Blues 52 15-Sep 2-Oct 4-Dec 23-Jan Can follow with Kale 1/24.
Or some may stand till 2/9
Lettuce Mix #1 28 23-Oct 4-Dec 15-Mar 6d to emerge. 50d to harvest Possibly 6 cuts (12/11, 12/30, 2/2, 2/20, 3/2, 3/8).
Turnips #1 & turnip greens Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg 38-55 14-Oct 5-Dec 20-Feb Thinnings from 11/29. Hakurei and Oasis are fastest, some ready 2/12
Yukina Savoy #1 21-45 15-Sep 6-Oct 5-Dec 31-Jan Thinnings 10/26
Kale Red Russian 28-60 24-Sep 22-Oct 8-Dec 3-Apr Bolts before White Russian
Kale White Russian 28-60 24-Sep 22-Oct 8-Dec 26-Apr
Radish #3 Easter Egg, White Icicle 24-35 30-Oct 8-Dec 16-Feb  
Spinach #2 Tyee 23-40 24-Oct 8-Dec 7-May Emerge in 6d. 45d to harvest.
Senposai 21-40 24-Sep 24-Oct 13-Dec 10-Mar Some bolting 2/8 omwards
Lettuce Filler #1 Good: Red Tinged Winter, Salad Bowl, Hyper Red Wave, Winter Wonderland, Osborne Multileafs 28 23-Oct 1-Jan 1-Jan 25-Jan Leaf varieties to fill gaps in lettuce beds from 1 Jan
Spinach #3 (filler) Tyee 23-40 9-Nov 1-Jan 1-Jan 7-May Transplant to fill gaps in spinach beds from 1/1. Thinnings 2/3. 86d to harvest.
Lettuce Filler #2 Good: Red Tinged Winter, Salad Bowl, Hyper Red Wave, Winter Wonderland, Osborne Multileafs 28 9-Nov 7-Jan 25-Jan Leaf varieties to fill gaps in lettuce beds
Yukina Savoy #2 21-45 24-Sep 24-Oct 8-Jan 2-Mar May stand 2 weeks later.
Radish #4 Easter Egg, White Icicle 24-35 27-Nov 13-Jan 25-Feb Harvest start date variable 1/13-2/18
Spinach #4 (filler) Tyee 23-40 27-Dec 15-Jan 7-May Transplant to fill gaps in spinach beds from 1/15
Mizuna #2 Mizuna, Ruby Streaks, Golden Frills, Scarlet Frills 21-40 9-Nov 20-Jan 3-Apr Green Mizuna plus ferny mustards
Spinach #5 (filler) Tyee 23-40 15-Jan 31-Mar 25-Jan 7-May Transplant to fill gaps in all beds from 1/25
Turnips #2 & turnip greens Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg 38-55 26-Oct 1-Feb 8-Mar Emerge in 4d. If we have space, we sow #2-5 earlier, for higher yields.
Turnips #3 & turnip greens Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg 38-55 30-Oct 10/30 for good yields 1-Feb 11-Mar Important to thin promptly (1/13) or yield will be much reduced. Hakurei until 2/24
Tatsoi #2 21-45 15-Nov 12-Feb 2-Mar thinnings 12/27-1/21.
Lettuce Mix #2 28 31-Dec 21-Feb 31-Mar 52d to harvest. 3 cuts. Round 2 3/24.
Radish #5 Easter Egg, White Icicle 24-35 30-Dec 21-Feb 30-Mar Emerge in 5d.
Spinach #6 (starts for outdoors) Tyee 23-40 16-Jan 21-Feb 8-Apr To transplant outdoors
Turnips #4 & turnip greens Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg 38-55 10-Nov 25-Feb 15-Mar Important to thin promptly, or yield will be much reduced. Hakurei until 3/11
Onions #1 Starts of bulbing varieties 80-100 10-Nov 1-Mar 20-Mar To transplant outdoors 3/1
Onions #2 Starts of bulbing varieties 80-100 22-Nov 1-Mar 20-Mar
Onions #3 Starts of bulbing varieties 80-100 3-Dec 1-Mar 20-Mar Back-up date for filler onions
Brassica Salad Mix #2 21 9-Dec 4-Mar 29-Mar 11d to emerge
Turnips #5 & turnip greens Red Round, Hakurei, Oasis, White Egg 38-55 10-Dec 10-Dec 5-Mar 15-Mar Important to thin promptly, or yield will be much reduced
Brassica Salad Mix #3 21 1-Feb 8-Mar 15-Apr Only 2 cuts. Can follow Radishes #2
Collards starts Morris Heading 35-70 24-Jan 15-Mar 25-Mar Emerge in 15d at 50F. To transplant outdoors
Kale starts Vates 28-56 24-Jan 15-Mar 8-Apr Emerge in 15d at 50F.  To transplant outdoors 3/15-4/8
Lettuce Mix #3 28 1-Feb 15-Mar 28-Apr 12d to emerge at 50F. 42d to harvest. 3 cuts.
Radish #6 Easter Egg, White Icicle 24-35 27-Jan 16-Mar 20-Apr
Arugula #2 21-45 1-Feb 17-Mar 17-Apr Harvest start date uncertain
Lettuce Mix #4 28 15-Feb 15-Feb 18-Mar 15-May Only if outdoor lettuce is delayed
Scallions #2 Evergreen Winter Hardy White 60 13-Nov 19-Mar 25-May
Brassica Salad Mix #4 21 9-Feb 12-Feb 27-Mar 30-Apr Only 1 or 2 cuts
Cabbage starts 24-Jan 1-Apr 1-Apr 15-Apr Emerge in 15d at 50F. To transplant outdoors 4/1
Pea shoots any leftover seed 10 10-Mar 5-Apr 6-May If space allows. 9d to emerge.
Mizuna #3 Mizuna, Ruby Streaks, Golden Frills, Scarlet Frills 21-40 3-Mar 10-Apr 30-Apr Green Mizuna plus ferny mustards. Could last till 5/20
Beets Cylindra 54 15-Feb 15-Apr 15-Jun Edge beds OK. 17d to emerge at 50F
Peas, Snap Sugar Ann 52 1-Feb 27-Apr 20-May Fast dwarf variety. 24d to emerge

Pam Dawling works in the vegetable gardens at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia.
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