Meet Todd & Tammy MaGee of Yankee Hill Landscaping Co.!
Todd and Tammy have been growing food and providing excellence in landscaping since 1999. Their supply yard is right outside Lincoln Nebraska (11855 Yankee Hill Road.) and it's there that they grow the juicy peaches, refreshing cucumbers, beautiful pumpkins, and dozens of other vegetables and fruits you can find at their market stands.
Yankee Hill Landscaping Co. offers:
- Annual & Perennial Plants/Transplants
- Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs
Yankee Hill Landscaping grows some of their produce using greenhouses. This means that they are able to get an early start on spring planting, and extend the season into late fall. For the eater this means more diversity in local, good quality food during months where outdoor growing is not always possible.
Growing produce using structures that harness the warmth of sun (passive solar) is a popular way to extend the harvest. Here are a few types of growing structures that area farmers use to bring you the earliest tomatoes, or the latest season spinach :
– Hoop House (aka High Tunnel) A hoop house is a series of large hoops or bows—made of metal, plastic pipe or wood—covered with a layer (or two) of heavy greenhouse plastic. The plastic is stretched tight and fastened to baseboards with strips of wood, metal or wire. A hoop house is heated by the sun and cooled by the wind.
– Low Tunnel ( aka quick hoops) Low tunnels are essentially miniature versions of high tunnels, usually two to four feet tall at their peak. Unlike high tunnels, low tunnels are moved seasonally, lack much of the structural support offered by high tunnels, and have plastic weighted down to the ground or buried
– Greenhouse A structure made of glass or plastic where temperatures are maintained within a desired range using some kind of additional heat and ventilation system. Greenhouses can be heated by wood fire, propane and other gases, electricity, etc.
– Cold Frame a four-sided frame of boards or straw bales with a removable/ openable glass or plastic top. The frame is placed on the ground and is used to house, protect, and harden off seedlings and small plants. Some use heat cables in cold frames, and some have no artificial heat.
Where to find them:
- Bennet Farmers' Market – Wednesday 4-7 pm
- Lincoln Haymarket Farmers' Market - Saturdays 8-noon
- Their supply yard – Monday through Saturday – Call the office for availability - 402-416-2611