INT. HOOP HOUSE – DAY

Planting greens and other cool weather crops into the hoop house has been on the list of things to do for a couple of weeks now. Now we have six bags of spinach, radish and butterhead lettuce seeded. We’re guessing the bag planting will be fine for these shallow root crops. I did over-plant each […]

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New Hoop House Design

This design comes from Eric on ericprojects.com. Seems like a much more substantial build than our previous attempt at a high tunnel cool house. The previous build did not last too long. [singlepic id=289 w=400 h=300 float=] We still have the task of applying the plastic in such a way so as to completely eliminate […]

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Stupid Wind!

[singlepic id=201 w=320 h=240 float=] This is seriously disappointing. Lessons learned: binder clips are not that strong, wind sucks, better to fix something when it is a little broken – rather than waiting for morning. I suspect we need a more permanent structure… perhaps the old chicken coop could be used.

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Hoop House Reconstructed

It is windy out there this morning, but the plastic is still attached. Good news. [singlepic id=199 w=320 h=240 float=] This hoop house is suppose to be an easy assemble, easy move around type structure, but with all the reinforcing that had to happen, it’s not going to move so easily. Still, it’s exciting to […]

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Hoop House Collapse

The holiday weekend is nearly over. The leftovers are nearly finished. Time to get back to work! A bunch of snow welcomed us home to Iowa yesterday. A different bunch of snow ushered us out of Colorado. Snow seems to have hastened the collapse of poorly structured hoop house in the garden. The wind helped […]

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PVC Hoop House

Anne has a colleague who inspired us to build a hoop house. Our growing season in Iowa isn’t the shortest, but it could certainly stand to be a little longer. And if we do this correctly we can have more fresh greens and vegetables for more of the year. It can extend the growing season […]

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