I spent the day today putting up a small hoophouse. It's where I'll start my vegetables, and later in the season I'll probably put hot-weather crops into it. Tomatoes grow pretty well, but we don't seem to get enough heat to make them red and lucious, so along with the peppers and the watermelon they'll be here.
a heavier-duty pipe, about 4' long, that's driven into the ground with a fence post pounder.
I do this because I want the greenhouse to be tall enough that I can drive a tractor in or through it, to make dirt delivery and removal easier, and just in case... well, i'm not sure why, but I've learned that if I don't make things big enough to drive a tractor into them that suddenly I have an urgent need to do so, usually involving saving time or work, and so now when I'm doing things I automatically add a little height or width or both.
Once the hoops are up, I put a double-row of wood along the bottom and at the base of the bent part of the hoops. I do this because sometimes it's handy to be able to house animals in this, and if I provide that railing, I can just attach some 36" fencing and prevent the animals from damaging the plastic, or escaping. These hoop houses make pretty good chicken or turkey coops, or a place to stash a sick piglet or two, or a dog house, in a pinch.
This particular hoophouse is 15' x 28', with 7 hoops spaced 4' apart. It's a good size for a hot-climate kitchen garden. Cilantro, peppers, heat loving stuff that just needs a little boost above average to be sooo much better.
Here's a link to a site that sells a pipe bending tool for $60. You an do the same sort of thing with wood blocks screwed to a piece of plywood in the arc you want to bend.
4 weeks ago