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New Hoop House Pt. 1

April 22, 2013

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I never got around to telling you what we decided to do about our greenhouse after this post. Mr. B and I talked a lot about what we wanted to use the space for, and in the end the more flexible nature of a hoop house (over a greenhouse) won out.

Hoop house 2.o needed to be made of stronger materials, shed snow better, and have the potential to last longer. We also needed to be able to afford it, which ruled out all hoophouse kits. With that in mind, we decided to buy a hoop bender, greenhouse plastic, and other supplied from Johnny’s Seeds. They provide directions on building a hoop house out of chain link fence top rail – affordable and easily purchased. Because we re-used the treated lumber from our other hoop house, the total supply cost for hoop house 2.0 was about $800, or twice the cost of the original. However, the greenhouse plastic we used only needs to be replaced every 4 – 6 years (instead of every 1 – 2 years), and it *probably* won’t collapse under the snow load.

The one major change we made to the Johnny’s plans was to build a Gothic style hoop house instead of the traditional Quonset style house. Quonset are round, Gothic are pointy. After a lot of research and talking, this seemed like the best thing we could do to try and prevent future snow crush of the hoop house if we wanted to leave the plastic on year round.

Mr. B mounted the bender on the bed of his pickup and easily bent the 10 pieces of top rail tubing. Because we didn’t want the tubes to form perfect round arches, we spent a lot of time bending, marking the tubes, and looking at the finished product before we settled on a bending scheme.

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The final shape we got looks a lot like a head of garlic:

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The Gothic arch requires a special connector to attach the two sides (unlike the Quonset) – more on those later this week.

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