In My Alaska Garden – We Finally Built My Hoop House!
I deeply apologize for not publishing a garden post the last two Sundays. The first one I was drowning in writing and activities for the Hand Recount and last Sunday I was in Fairbanks being a delegate to the Democratic Convention.
Believe me, I preferred to be in the garden!
This weekend is very exciting for me because I’ve been anticipating building a hoop house since the Botanical Garden Spring Conference in early March! Now, we finally did it!
And when I say “we,” I mostly mean Josh!
First, we started out with some great, detailed instructions for a 10′ x 21′ PVC pipe hoophouse. However, due to wind and other considerations, I made some alterations to the equipment list:
Instead of using 3/4″ PVC pipe, I chose to use 1/2″ EMT conduit. I figured the metal might make it sturdier than the plastic. I used 3/4″ PVC pieces for the spine, however.
I bought 1/2″ screw bushings to fit inside the “t” connectors and cross connectors. That way, I could screw the metal pipe into the plastic connector.
Because we used the 1/2″ EMT pipe, I had to find something different to use as stakes that fit inside of the pipe. I chose 24″ lengths of 1/4″ rebar.
I bought a box of 20′ x 100′ plastic sheeting for the cover. I bought it at Lowes. They had boxes on the internet of 20′ x 50′ (perfect size) but they wouldn’t deliver to AK.
While we bought some of the “snap” tee connectors to put across the “spine” to hold the plastic on, we ended up using binder clips only as the snap tees ripped the plastic.
While I’m still working out how I want to do the door on either side, we now have a functioning hoop house!
I bought some velcro to test out on holding the plastic up to keep the doors open in the day. I’ll be adding to the post tomorrow, and add to the post when I do.
So, it’s not perfect, but what do you think?