Todd Parr wrote:
I love that one. You adapted the plans from the smaller one to make this?
Scott Foster wrote:Does anyone know of a good hoop house plan or an alternative.? I'd like to do something a little more permanent than PVC but at the moment that's the way I'm leaning. I don't have a backhoe or a tractor so anything I do will be done by hand. I'm looking to plant seeds out a little earlier and to start a little nursery. And let's face it when there is snow on the ground, I'd like a place to kick around on the weekend.
I imagine having some water barrels and possibly some compost to keep it above freezing but I don't want to run electricity.
Michael Cox wrote:"open air" = "open fronted"
I'm also considering using clear corrugated plastic for the roof to ensure plenty of light inside. Thoughts on that?
Alex Everette wrote:
I would vote for using bamboo poles. Not only is bamboo an incredibly sustainable resource, it's also stronger than steel and more robust than concrete, and way healthier for the environment than PVC pipes.
Alder Burns wrote:Two ideas come to mind, both of which I've done in different settings:
1. Pound sections of pipe into the ground where you want your poles to be. Pull them out as you pound them in to knock the soil out, so that when they are sunk in, the inside of the pipe is empty. Have these wider than your poles and simply drop the poles into them. The other way would be permanent stakes, say two or three feet tall, that your poles (pipes? bamboo?) fit down over.
2. especially for hard or rocky ground, use tall tripods made of bamboo or other lightweight material....these would be moved with the net....
Another hint...a jar, or even a metal can, over the end of the poles allows the net to slide over them and stretch without catching on the end....