Steve Harvey

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Denise Cares wrote:What a sweet little hoop house.  For not having made one before, you really did a nice job.  The wood supports look like they'll hold up to any snow load and the curved slope will help a lot too.  An alternative to gorilla tape to protect the plastic from the pvc material is to spray paint the pipes with UV guard plastic paint.  I found some at Home Depot that was under $5/large can.  I stacked my pipe on top of cardboard laid on the ground and held them tight with stakes on either side of the pipe every 3 -4 ft.  After spraying all exposed surfaces simply 1/4 turn the pipe to expose what was touching and re-spray.  Did 2 coats. It was quick and easy.  Wondering what you used for insulating the floor that you mentioned.  I thought it looked like you had put wire on the bottom to keep gophers out but that wouldn't seem necessary if you have a raised bed above pallets. How much snow do you typically get during a heavy storm?  So many great ideas being shared on this post!

I had about 6" of snow on it the other day and it was wet snow, it held up great. I was thinking about insulating the floors but I am thinking against it, because I don't want critters living in the insulation. I think gravel would be better for thermal mass instead. I like the uv paint idea, will have to do this in the future. I must admit I am a little nervous about a serious snow storm because we can get 1ft or more in one night, and I could really feel the weight of the snow when trying to push the snow off the roof from the inside of the hoop house, with a broom. I think I will just have to keep an eye on it and clear the snow off if it builds up too much.
5 days ago

Terri Matthews wrote:Has anybody tried heating a greenhouse with incandescent Christmas lights? This gent says it is possible if the weather is not too cold:

Winter in Kansas is cold enough so that they would not help mid-winter, but I would not mind getting more cold relief in the Fall! I like to plant hardy greens and harvest them until it gets too cold inside.

Heating a hoop house is not an issue, the sun does that for free during the day up until mid November, at least where I live. Trying to heat a small greenhouse in winter where I am from, with electricity would not be economical, but using at least 2 layers of plastic protection like my house, will keep the plants warm enough to stay alive and not wilt in cold weather. The real issue is a lack of sunlight when the sun is lower in the sky in winter. I was able to harvest greens from my hoop house up until now, end of November. I will hopefully be able to replant in April and grow until the end of November next year so 8 months.
5 days ago

j flynn wrote:Hi, Great little greenhouse. I plan to use our covered hoop like shelter for a hoophouse and will use many of your ideas. I noticed a pressure sprayer on the rain barrels. How do you use this with the drip systems? I have rain barrels but can't get enough pressure for a hose to work faster than I can use a watering can. Would love to make a less labor intenstive way to water when there in no rain.

I used the sprayer to spray organic soap and water solution on the plants when I had a pest issue. The drip system is good for keeping the lid closed and watering, I just put a pond pump in a bucket and turn it on to water., however I noticed that in the fall I didn't need to water much at at all, roughly once every 2 weeks, because the lid on the raised box and the straw held in moisture a lot.  I bought a cheap pond pump to pump water from my barrels, but the pressure is not great on the pumps either.
5 days ago
Lettuce and arugula is growing nicely. Honestly I don't even know what I planted. Picked some of it today for the first time and it was delicious. Originally I just sprinkle the seeds around with no real care for spacing, it seemed to work well. I also finished the door today working into the cold dark evening, just need t finish the back wall and it is done.

1 month ago

I am looking into purchasing some land in the next year or so, I want to buy a prebuilt Yurt structure from either Freedom Yurt Cabins, or Smiling Woods Yurts. My question would be, has anyone done this in an organized township with building codes? These seem like they could pass building code requirements with the proper engineering documents supplied from the manufacturer. One of the main barriers I could see is the size, where some codes require a minimum square footage, to this I would prefer to link together several smaller yurts rather than have one big yurt. Another question would be could a canvas wall yurt ever be approved for building code? This would be a much cheaper option. I am in Ontario Canada and would be looking to get land near London Ontario. Additionally I have no option but to build in an unorganized township close to London, so living in an unorganized township up north is not and option.


webpage Smiling Woods Yurts

webpage Freedom Yurt Cabins

1 month ago
Here you can see how I pinched the plastic between two pieces of nailing strip. Lots of pulling and stretching the plastic as tight as possible, then I nailed the strip in with just small finishing nails and then screws.

This has made the plastic on the sides nice and tight.

Here you can see the metal T brackets I bent to hold the vertical posts to the foundation. These worked very well.

You can bend them to reinforce the corners as well.

Now I just need to finish the end walls

2 months ago

The beginning of plastic wrapping process. Getting there.

2 months ago
Finished the cover over the raised bed. After monitoring the temperature of the raised bed this morning, I was very surprised to see the air temp to be over 85F with a night time low of below 50F. I lifted the cover for the daytime and the temps are sitting between 80-85F. My plants I have growing are doing well, but I have an issue with loopers eating leaves like crazy. Being new to gardening I researched ways to deal with this, and have been washing the leaves with an organic soap solution. I did not get as many plants planted as I hoped, but as I am new to all this, and I am having this looper issue, it is probably probably a good thing. I am glad to have the amount of plants here just to test the greenhouse this winter.

2 months ago