Building a Hoop House for Fall Vegetables


The growing season of 2013 was a bust here in Atlanta’s zone 7b. Spring rains pounded our garden until puddles formed and vegetables rotted. Summer sun, was non existent. Heat loving tomatoes and okra refused to bloom. I’ve been depressed my friends, but like most stubborn farmers, I won’t give up. My pepper plants are just-now producing and I must extend their growing season. Extend your growing season with a hoop house

Now that we’re entering the fall growing season I’ve decided to build a cold frame, which most folk call a “hoop house” I’ve decided to locate the house on top of my deck planter. From start to finish it was an hour investment and should allow me to extend the growing season until the green peppers develop.

Come spring, I will remove the pvc piping and store for later use.


Supplies:Supplies Needed

(4) pvc pipes ½ inch in diameter. Note: number of pipes depend on growing area

9/24/2013 8:20:03 PM

Renea, wow, you can't get much simpler than that. I still haven't tested my idea of just growing the lettuce, spinach, and radishes in the basement under grow lights. I have purchased deep 18 inch tubs and have the miracle grow soil but didn't have time last winter to try out the idea. In my area hoops and plastic wouldn't really hold up to snow and zero temperatures. My zone is 5b but for your area it will work wonderfully well. Quite frankly I'm kind of glad when our garden season comes to an end and winter rest begins. I get at least three months to plan the next garden year. Have a great hoop house day.

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