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Friday, November 13, 2009

How to Build a PVC Hoop House – Gardening Tip : TipNut.com


Picture of Hoop House - Tipnut.com

Today’s feature is from Westside Gardener with instructions for How to Build A PVC Hoophouse For Your Garden:

An unheated PVC hoophouse can be a useful addition to your garden. It keeps excessive rain off the plants, blocks the wind, raises daytime temperatures 5-10 degrees (and often much more), and keeps frosts and heavy dew off the leaves. This can extend your warm-season gardening a month or more at both ends, and makes it possible for year-round gardeners to grow a wider variety of plants through the winter.

PVC hoophouses are inexpensive to build, and can be put up in about an hour. Take a look, and decide for yourself!

Where I live there are plenty of things that don’t grow well because the season’s too short. My yard’s a bit small for a hoop house, but I do have good success with cold frames, it’s a temporary solution for holding bedding plants and seedlings. When the weather turns nice, just take them out and plant in your garden and containers.

A cold frame’s not as great as a hoop house (where you could grow large amounts of plants directly in the ground, protected), but it’s a nice perk.

For more DIY greenhouse and gardening projects, see Sherry’s Greenhouse Projects List, that’s where I found the hoop house plans.

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How to Build a PVC Hoop House – Gardening Tip : TipNut.com

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