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Hoop Houses: Eat from Your Garden Earlier and Longer
Hoop houses are a great do-it-yourself project that can make it possible for you to garden all year long. They can also be used for storage, as a temporary garage, or even as a workshop. They are inexpensive, easy to construct and when completed they also:
Your hoop house should be situated on a well-drained level spot that receives as much sunlight as possible. It should be located near a water source. Unlike a greenhouse, a hoop house is not usually heated in the winter. If you plan to heat yours you will need access to electricity
Hoop houses can be assembled quickly with minimal skills and tools. How long it takes to set one up depends on how large yours will be. They can be built just large enough to cover one raised bed ala a cold frame or you can build one large enough to stand up and walk around in. Because it is a portable structure, you probably won't need a building permit, but check with your local authorities to be sure, especially if your are building a large one.
Most hoop houses are made using PVC pipe for the hoop structure, but galvanized electrical conduit can also be used. The hoops are secured to the ground either by slipping them over rebar that has been hammered into the soil or by fastening them to a lumber framework. After the hoops are in place the structure is covered with clear 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting. The sheeting can be fastened to the frame in several ways, such as short lengths of PVC pipe that have been slit, clips, screws, bolts, or staples.
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Tools required will vary depending on the materials you use to build your hoop house, but typically include a hacksaw or pipe cutting tool, a utility knife, a drill or staple gun and a tape measure. Complete instructions and materials lists for building one are available on several websites including:
If you live in an area that has very warm summer temperatures you will need to open both ends of the hoop house for ventilation. The sides can be constructed in such a way that the plastic can be rolled for additional air circulation. Or, you can completely remove the plastic covering for the summer.
If you don't want to bother locating and purchasing all the materials separately you can order a kit from any of several on line suppliers:
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