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Anybody built a hoop house?
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donna in wv    Posted 06-03-2004 at 06:29:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hubby and fil have decided to build a hoop house to grow some veggies over the winter and start our plants early . I've done a lot of research and seen lots of plans but since I've alway got good advice from all of you I thought I'd see if anyone here has actually built and used one. It seems like a good idea and we have the room and it doesn't seem to difficult or expensive so once again I've come to the experts. What are your thoughts?

Grove r    Posted 06-03-2004 at 09:01:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, Donna, have built a couple useing one sheet of 3/8 spruce plywood cut into strips bout three inches wide, the long way, nailed to a ridge pole, then to a two by six along the bottom. Space the 'arches to equal distance, and you can make an eight foot by sixteen foot structure. I beveled the ridge pole, 2X2, so that the plywood strips cold be nailed on a flat surface, the two by sixes along the wall were held apart and upright with four spreaders, one on each end and two equal distance apart accross the the middle. To keep the side two bys from twisting, I used a piece of banding, [iron] 'bout two feet long, nailed up the side of the two by six and along the bottom of each 'spreader'. the plywood is nailed down with a half dozen 1 3/4 inch ring nails, [sheetrock nails] on each end. The covering is heavy plastic, and held in place with a length of baler/binder twine from one two by six, over the "hoop" of plywood and tied off tight on the opposite two by six....I just drove in a two inch nail to tie the twine to. I filled in the ends around a single piece of plywood for the door and frame with plastic stapled in place....a door at iether end helps with ventilation as needed. Surely do hope I haven't confused you...becuase I sure am.... have a gooder, R.E.L. PS if you need more info, I could ping you, if you like...

deadcarp    Posted 06-03-2004 at 08:29:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think i have a picture of one here - our old neighbor enjoyed gardening and he set this one up near the garden. He called it a green house. He had lotsa shelves & trays in there so could start anything early. It was pretty fancy - he used laminated (well nailed together) 1/2 x 4's lath strips for the hoops, plastic over that & old windows for the rest and even had door & heater stove in it. Boy did his garden grow! Or you can use plastic conduit for hoops too, shove the ends into holes atop the wall frames. :)

Alias    Posted 06-03-2004 at 07:27:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
How big are you talking about? ........gfp

john    Posted 06-03-2004 at 07:14:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I never built a hoop house but I have built many houses here for teh pigs out of bull panel...I took it and sunk one end in teh ground,( they are 16' long) then sunk the other end of it in the ground to form a conastoga type structure,,,I put 4-5 of these together width wise and covered em with strong give you a shelter about 6' high in teh center and about 6' and easy adn you can take it down whenever...I had one that I enclosed each end with wood adn set in doors..they do last along time and seem to provide the right airflow and heat in teh winter..just a thought..

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