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LAYING BRICKS ALONG LENGTH OF ‘LONG TUNNEL.’ In this photo, Caleb (left) and John work on one side of the Tunnel pulli


LAYING BRICKS ALONG LENGTH OF ‘LONG TUNNEL.’ In this photo, Caleb (left) and John work on one side of the Tunnel pulling the netting tight, secure it into special channels with matched vinyl-coated “Wiggle Wire,” and then shifting over bricks nose-to-tail onto the top of the netting edge to prevent insect entry.

Years ago we had a local, twenty-something Amish businessman precisely bend all the twenty-foot-long galvanized poles into gangly eleven-foot-wide bows with his pipe-bender. The first bend at the hip represents the height of the tallest Potato plant. So below that bend, the walls are nearly perpendicular to the ground and maximize the space Potatoes are able to grow in.

We also bought from him twenty-foot-long 1”x 2” galvanized ‘square’ stock to which Caleb welded the bows every four feet, attached a twenty-foot ridge pole and secured that Wiggle-Wire channel. Every 20-foot section has a single pair of diagonal braces to resist racking by the wind. When building these sections we constructed an oversize 12-foot by 21-foot jig so that all thirty Tunnel sections would be perfectly square and match each other identically.

Caleb, Megan & Jim




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