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 Post subject: Re: DIY PVC Hoophouse
PostPosted: Nov 20th, '17, 09:00 
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You actually live in those temperatures :support: :dontknow:


Most of our living is done in warmer times. We don't do much living this time of year... It's ok right now, but come first of the year it gets pretty depressing January through March with not much to look forward to, at least right now we have Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to. by April we start thinking spring is coming so then it's a little better.

It's 29F right now low of 28f tonight, but back up to 47F for the next two days so will be warmer than it has been lately. We've had a lot of rain and a little snow lately.

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I did a little work in the hoop house in the hour I had to spare before I go pick my kid up. It was 45F outside but really windy so felt cold, inside I had to take my coat off...
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This bed runs the whole 40ft length, 2 ft wide. I need to add some boards along the length to keep the width of the bed even at 2,ft.

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Not sure if this will go the full width or if I will keep it short so we can store buckets, totes etc in the corner.
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I need to add some more supports but here is what I have for the seed/work bench so far. 30ft long.
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I finished the last bed in the hoop house, raked leaves and filled all of my beds with leaves to add organic matter and make it so I need less dirt in the spring. We pulled up the plastic and unscrewed the one hoop that was way off, pushed it up so it contacts the plastic properly, reattached the hoop and reattached the plastic. Then we were able to install the purlins most of the way across but I need one more 2x4x10ft to rip down to make the last purlins on each side. Then I need to add a few more supports and get the hardware mesh to cover my bench and whatever I'm going to use on the work bench part, then all that is left is to add dirt and the hoop house will be ready to go.

I did leave room to add a couple of rain barrels for watering. My father in law is saving barrels for me, not sure how many he has but I need two in there and a few in the greenhouse still.

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Putting this here for future reference. This is stanb's hoop house design from another forum I'm on.. I like the higher pitched roof to make it steeper so snow falls off easier. I think my next hoop house will be based on this design so it is less work to knock snow off. This particular one was 12x20. He also has two 12x48 of the same design. He said he built all three of them for $1000 total so he has 1392 sq ft more than double my space for only $200 more than what I built.

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Two beds filled... 2x40 that runs the entire length of the hoop house and 2x12 on the west side are ready for planting!

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Awesome job on this hoop house. I will follow your progress on this hoop house. Looks Great!


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It is hopefully about to shed first life in there... I haven't been out there all week but last weekend I planted 160 onion bulbs (2 varieties), 50 garlic cloves, and I direct seeded beets, kohlrabi, spinach, green onions, kale, carrots that I thought would all be good plants to test the cold nights and warm days and see how they do (hopefully they do OK because I planted a LOT! Almost filled the two beds I have dirt in completely...)

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I'm getting closer to having the beds filled. I am close to 2/3 full now. I have put about 60 bags in the big bed, 90 bags total so far. I need another 30 bags to finish the big bed, then I will add some potting soil to mix in and keep it from compacting too badly.


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I mostly finished filling the beds up. The last 30 bags was not quite as good as the others so it needs a little more close to the door, but it is really close to being ready which is good since today is the first day of spring!

I moved some kale, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage to the hoop house on Saturday so it has been out there for 3 nights which are still down below freezing and everything looked OK as of last night. I might have one or two of the plants that look like they might have been damaged but most of what I planted is still doing good. My garlic has sprouted under row cover in the hoop house so I need to work on some mini hoops for the 2ft beds to raise the row cover up off of them because I don't think my PVC hoops will work on those beds since they are only 2ft wide and my garden beds being 3ft wide are about as small as I think I'd go with PVC the way I have done it. I think the beets and maybe a few other things are sprouting.

I was going to get peas planted in the garden but the bed I want to plant them in was frozen so I added a low tunnel over it so now all 6 of my rotational beds are covered plus I put low tunnels over my strawberry and asparagus beds to try and force them a little earlier. I have hoops on my rhubarb bed but the wife didn't think I needed to force rhubarb up early.

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Pic of the plants in the hoop house testing to see if they survive freezing nights.

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Well my test plants didn't do so well. I went about 4 days between watering and they fried. Not sure if the cold had anything to do with it or not but they are mostly dead. Last night I set four tomato plants in the hoop house to see how they did. They were dead by morning.

I do have plants started from seed in there. They are doing well.

Garlic...
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I bent some small hoops for the row cover out of some scrap metal I had laying around. I need to come up with a few more I think to hold it up all the way as plants mature.
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I planted broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, spinach, and peas. Also planted my bed in the garden full of peas too, hoping weather starts cooperating.

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talking to a co-worker about hoop houses, she said she wants to build one this year. I mentioned the cattle panel hoop houses to her, then poking around I found this diagram that I thought was pretty useful for people who are considering cattle panel hoop houses.

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I need to take some updated pictures... I have the hoop house at probably about 2/3 capacity right now. We are slowly getting items planted and the items that have been planted for a while are going crazy filling up the space.

Last night I planted Luffa just for fun because I had a conversation a while back with my wife's cousin that she didn't know Luffa was a plant, she just knew of the man made Luffa scrubs so I decided to grow some to show her... and I've heard it's actually pretty tastey if you eat them when they are young.

Last weekend I planted cucumbers and picklebush plants. I added a trellis to try and get them to grow vertically instead of horizontally.

I started to add the trellis for my tomato plants (and any other plants that will need trellised). I cut 2x4's and screwed them on to the two vertical supports then screwed the horizontal support that ties the hoops together to them as well so it will hopefully add more strength to the overall structure (not that I think it needs it... but it will help steady the trellis too I hope). I need to add a couple more down the length of the big bed but then I will drill them and run high tensile wire through them to drop trellis strings down from the wire and hopefully be able to tension it enough to not have them sag. I have a few tomato plants in there already that are getting big enough they will need to be trellised soon.

We have beets, cabbage, turnip greens, onions, garlic, peas all going crazy. I have all of my squash plants started in cups that are getting huge and need planted outdoors soon... will probably happen this weekend even though we have a couple weeks of possible frost left, it doesn't look like it should be a problem. We have quite a bit of stuff in there that is just getting started. We need to start harvesting spinach and bok choi as it is starting to bolt with the heat.

I planted one of two beds in the garden with my tomato plants this past week. I have enough for another bed in the hoop house just need time to get them in beds... will probably finish that this weekend too.

We have beets, peas, green beans all taking off in beds in the garden.

I think we're probably about a month ahead of where we were last year... it seemed like spring would never come but we have still managed to get a pretty good jump on getting things planted.

Sorry this pic was at dark a couple nights ago... most recent pic I've taken though.


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Super cool layout. Amazing growth already too. Can you explain what's going on in the middle?

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I have low tunnel hoops in place over the center bed if that's what you're referring to? That way if I need to add row cover they are already in place I can just pull the row cover on and it will stay up off the plants. I'll take better pictures tonight of all of the plants growing in there and what I've done for the structure changes lately.

I noticed I need to stretch the plastic again... Once it warmed up the plastic is a lot looser than it was when we put it on in November. I am planning on adding roll up sides that will roll up 2-3 feet to improve ventilation through the summer but I want to install screen material first so I will stretch the plastic tighter when I do the roll up sides.

I also need to build my window on the back that will have the automatic opener on it so I have automatic ventilation when it gets warm in there.

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