Thursday, October 25, 2012
Extending The Growing Season... Red Neck Style!
This year we decided to extend the growing season by making hoop houses over 2 of our grow boxes. I had a different idea in mind when we put these together. I thought we would be able to fit the pipes into T fittings and it would hold. However, they ended up snapping and breaking so we ended up doing it red neck style... we had to save the greens before it froze! We used 8 1/2 inch PVC pipes, 12 small metal brackets with screws to anchor pipe to grow box (see picture below), and wire to wrap the pipes together for 2 boxes that are 8x4.
Loosely secure 6 metal brackets onto the grow box, 3 on each side, measuring evenly between all 6.
Slide the PVC pipes into place and secure the screws tightly.
Cut an additional pipe into 3 sections fitted and measured to be secured in between each hoop.
Fit the 1/2 inch pipe into a T and secure to hoop with heavy duty wire. Pipe must be cut to fit into the 3 T's.
She's secured down red neck style!
You will need the heaviest plastic you can find. This is 6 ply. If you can find 8 ply, that is even better. Cut to fit the box so it hangs past the ground.
Secure with rocks or extra squash... Be sure to check the weather and give the plants air to breath especially if it gets over 40`, they can cook!
For additional protection you can use a fabric row cover. I place this over my crops and then put the plastic over the hoops. I purchase mine at Steve Reagan.