Hoophouse building for early vegetables! 3/12/15
We love season extension. Being able to provide fresh, local produce earlier and later then usual is a great achievement, as you’re never quite sure what cards mother nature might deal you. From the many farms we have worked at we’ve discovered there are so many different types of hoophouses you can choose from.
Our favorite has always been the moveable hoophouse as you can move the house from a crop that’s almost finished, over something already planted, giving you twice the amount of growing space. However, these are the most intricate houses to build and require very level ground. As we have many “rolling hills” here, we wanted to build a tunnel that would be super easy to take apart and move in an afternoon. That is how we decided on the Hanley hoophouse, which we put up in the course of a few hours, in lovely 60 degree weather, with snow still on the ground.
welding our hoop bender last Fall
Bending the hoops
hoops up and end walls pulled taught
View from inside
Finishing in just a few hours!
In other news:
The babies are growing! Beautiful onion sprouts.