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Thread #142442   Message #3283706
Posted By: maeve
02-Jan-12 - 06:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
Subject: RE: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
More on hoop houses:

I've successfully used small hoop houses/growing-tunnels in the vegetable gardens; from 2-4" high and wide. I covered them with Remay cloth and greenhouse plastic and grew vegetables over the long, cold winter. From plantings in October and November, we harvested kale, lettuce, peas, chard, carrots, etc. in January through April. I started out using a set of trapper's skin stretchers plus bought small hoops at a garden center. Heavy duty snow called for a partial roll of animal grid-type fencing under the covers. I've also used them with Remay or other shading for summer plantings, and to plant spring crops as early as February after harvesting winter crops and amending the soil.

I hope to use one of our 8' hoop-based garage style greenhouses in the veggie garden this year, with the shorter tunnels inside, following research and successful gardening by Maine gardeners Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damroach.

Here are some links:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2003-02-01/Hoop-Houses.aspx

One kind of hoophouse

How to Build a PVC Hoophouse

Eliot Coleman, resources

Some photos- Johnny's Selected Seeds on Flickr

Johnny's Selected Seeds catalog, p. 204 Hoop houses