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 Post subject: Re: DIY PVC Hoophouse
PostPosted: Jun 4th, '18, 10:10 
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That's crazy, probably explains why people invest in steel for beds and pay for the plastic formed tubs over there because it's cheaper than wood or not much more expensive... We are fortunate to have Canadians to the north of us who like to sell us cheap lumber (not really, it's really a sore subject that their best lumber gets sold to the US so they have poor quality lumber selection too).

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 Post subject: Re: DIY PVC Hoophouse
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We probably export more timber than we use here, all or most of the house frames are now steel, and you don't see any weatherboard houses being built anymore, all the cheaper houses are cement sheet rendered now.

I love working with timber but it's a luxury now, a lot of patio decking is now PVC and Wood Plastic Composite Flooring is starting to be used more often now.


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Same here with the PVC and composite decking, but it's still new enough here that it's still a huge upcharge to go with those engineered products vs. lumber decking because they sell the longevity of it. I can replace my wood decking two or three times before it pays for the PVC or composite decking... I haven't seen any of them around for that length of time to see if it will last longer for the price, but I'm only 33 years old, it's probably only been the past twenty years or less that they've been promoting it here so I think that is still within that 2-3x lifespan.

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We harvested beets, radishes, carrots, broccoli out of the hoop house over the weekend. It has been a lot of work getting all of this going but I couldn't be more satisfied when I sit down to eat a meal that was completely grown or raised on my land.

We had turnip greens last week which was a first for us but turned out good. I had a salad today that was mostly spinach, kale, and Swiss chard and I think I like the Swiss chard for salad as well or better than any lettuce I've grown, which is good news because I'm pretty good growing Swiss chard, not so good growing lettuce. I need to try some lettuce direct seeded in dirt to see if I have better luck with it. I have some nice iceberg right now but it's loose leaf not forming a head.

We have been pulling onions as we need them. They aren't huge bulbs but they are tasty.

I have a zuchini plant in the hoop house that is huge. It might take over the world.

Cucs starting to climb my trellis.. have buds on them. Luffa is climbing too but no buds yet. So much going on right now.


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That's certainly a nice looking crop Rob, and you know exactly what you're eating when you grow it yourself :thumbright:

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This is the zuchini / summer squash that is trying to take over the world. It is getting huge. A couple of buds closed up starting to grow so will see what it is soon. I have green and yellow so not sure what it is but it sure likes being in the hoop house.
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Watermelon spreading out. I'm going to try and keep it contained and will probably cut the vines once I see melons growing so it puts energy into the melon instead of vines because the last two years they didn't have time to ripen so hope doing it in the hoop house will ripen it faster.
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First year trying to grow luffa... It's climbing so hopefully we will get something.
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First cucs/pickles. Wife picked these tonight before they get seedy.
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Taters are blooming. Doing good in the hoop house but using a lot of bed space.. probably won't do this again but I guess we will see how many we get if there's more than I've ever got before then maybe we will.
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Tomatillo blooming
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First peas on the vine haven't filled out yet though
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Lettuce growing quite nicely despite the heat in the hoop house. I guess I need to plant some more. We have a lot of kale and chard though so can use that for salads for now.
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So my buddy told me last night that they have the high tunnels on the ground. The wife isn't thrilled about me buying one of them but said if I must then she doesn't want me going any bigger than the existing garden length N-S or the existing hoop house E-W... So that means I'm approved for about 40-65ft depending on what direction I decide to place it. Told my buddy to give me a price on 80ft (half of a tunnel) so I could shrink it down to the size I want and just reduce spacing to increase snow load. So fingers crossed he comes back with a decent price that I can manage to squeeze into my budget and I will head down with the trailer to bring it home.

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Great looking healthy produce there Rob. :thumbright:

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Thanks Jo. We are happy with the investment. Still a lot to learn and a bit of work to do to get it all how we want it but it will get there eventually.

If I buy the high tunnel from my buddy I'm thinking it's going to be a summer aquaponic system (maybe winter too for some greens) with hopefully year round aquaculture system. Of course that will all depend on if having the heat during the day will be enough to keep the water from freezing or if it does freeze if it will thaw during the day in dead of winter. I know my best bet for that would be to have it run east west but trying to find info on solar gains of north south tunnels too because the space I have I would like it closer to the greenhouse but it would have to run north south there or I have to put it out past the hoop house to run east west and I haven't ran electric out that far yet.

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A couple aerial photos of the hoop house and the garden yesterday.


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