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Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mini hoop houses over my raised beds

Early February I sowed lettuce, kale, pea and beet seeds in the first of my raised beds, and made a mini hoop house to protect them and provide them a cozy environment to get an early start. I am most pleased with the result, as you can see everything is growing extremely well.

Tomorrow I plan on thinning the lettuce. At the far end is a trellis, which will support the scarlet runner beans I planted today. I grow scarlet runner beans first for their wonderful flavor, and second, because they have the most beautiful scarlet flowers.

The mini hoop houses are very easy to construct using this tubing I bought from Ace hardware, some brackets and floating row cover to cover them once constructed.

Here is a bracket held in place with deck screws, and the tubing which has been cut to length, pushed down through the bracket. The same was done on the opposite side of the raised bed. It is very secure and does not flop over.

The whole structure is then covered using the floating row cover material which comes as a 5x50' piece and can be cut to fit. I use bricks to hold down the sides and wooden clothes pins to hold the two pieces together where needed.

This hoop house took only about 15 minutes to construct today. Growing here are bush beans, Swiss chard, which I over wintered, kale, peas at this end of the garden, and at the far end I will plant cucumbers when the weather is warmer, these will also have a trellis to climb.

I still have more cleanup to do, and hopefully tomorrow the weather will be as beautiful as it was today.

The two tires towards the rear, house strawberry plants the other three will be for tomatoes. I think the raised bed, bottom left, will be where I grow summer squash.

6 comments:

Jenni@ RainyDayGardener said...

Great tips for making the hoop houses! I will keep that in mind when I look to do the same on my new raised beds next winter.

Randy Emmitt said...

Jennifer,
We did the same thing for a hoop house, now the greens are bolting, the plastic was removed a month ago. We never thin out lettuce, just pick it and eat to thin. Our peas we plant seeds right next to each other that way once the varmints steal the seeds there are still lots of plants.

Grace Peterson said...

Your veggie garden is so productive and healthy--beautiful to look at. Nice job!

Aerie-el said...

Beautiful veggies! Very nice hoop house too--thanks for sharing the 'how to's' on making one like yours!

GAIL said...

We have FINALLY been able to get out in the yard and garden and put in some flowers and veggies. What a different look it has now!! We transplanted many flowers to the back yard for more sun..many old varieties of roses and some iris.
I am so anxious to see what blooms.
We had 6 straight days of beautiful sunshine and are actually alittle glad to see some rain today so we can have an excuse to stay inside and rest!!!

I can see you have been very busy too! It all looks great.
Hugs, Gail

Rosey said...

Tires work pretty good for us. They warm the soil so things seem to thrive.
Everything looks great!