The (Almost) Recycled Hoop House

| 12/21/2009 1:10:06 PM

Tags: Hoop house, Four season gardening, Gardening,

Josh and Lacy RazorBecause I have never been one to keep a good idea to myself... I wanted to share what my friend, Andrew Odom, recently wrote and the photos he took of the process.  Should you find yourself wanting to read more of Andrew's adventures in homesteading and simple living then please check out his site (I am a frequent visitor):   While there, be certain to check out his Photoshop tutorial on making custom canning labels! 

The finished hoop house

After reading about the $50 greenhouse, I quickly decided I needed to make one of my own. The summer season was winding down, and I knew I wasn't over my newly found lettuce addiction. I need to grow well into the autumn and even winter. Time for a simple hoop house.

Part of all my homestead construction is an element of recycling and reusing. In fact, I insist on it. So, I need to assess my materials quickly and start planning. I had about 195 square feet to work with in my garden. My budget, as my wife told me, was little more than $40. If I had bought everything I probably would not have topped $100. Luckily though, I only needed to purchase plastic and some PVC connectors. All said, I spent about $29.

After looking at two local greenhouses/hoop houses and a few online I opted to use 20 feet runs of 1-inch PVC pipe. They were affordable and – more importantly – readily available in town at the local hardware. I figured that if I needed to create joints or add structural support I could hacksaw the piping and use connectors to rejoin. (You will read later where I did, in fact, have to do this.)

NOTE: Getting the 20-foot PVC home took little more than patience, a couple of feet of string and a standard 6-foot truck bed. I just put the pipes in the back of the truck, tucked them behind the side mirror of the passenger side door, tied them at both ends and drove really slowly.

1/11/2010 11:40:41 AM

@Kristine - Thank you so much for the compliment. It is not overly clever but it is overly affordable...wait, is that even possible? @Julie - Not that clever. It was inspired by the $50 hoophouse @Maureen - I am incredibly visual and will continue to post DIY's on my blog (which is now part of the GRIT family blogs) that involve a lot of pics.

bil morrill
12/22/2009 10:37:35 AM

That is a great idea. We are moving our garden this year and we were not sure what to do with our old garden site. Putting this up over it and using it as a greenhouse is PERFECT. Thanks! Bil

12/22/2009 7:34:51 AM

Might not work with the snow, but perhaps it could be made more easily removable? Will have to have DH check this out after we put in a garden this year or next (we just moved).

12/22/2009 1:16:27 AM

I have a hoop house that was here when we moved in. It collapsed in a snowy winter and I have been in the process for the last three years of improving it. I put support wood on the sides similar to yours to which I plan to add eaves trough. It will then go into the the raised beds inside which have a water system under the ground...which is part of the reason it has taken me so long. I also had to find the right flexibility and size of hoop to replace some that broke. I really hope to complete it this summer; if I am not spending all my time building yet another chicken coop.

12/21/2009 9:58:23 PM

OMGoodness! We have been looking for directions for making exactly this kind of hoop house. Yours is simple (a must) cheap (absolute necessity) and comes with photos (we're very visual:) Thanks!!!

julie at elisharose
12/21/2009 9:46:57 PM

How cool. And simple. You are so clever.

thomas haulk
12/21/2009 8:55:48 PM

I like the hoop house. That is a ver good idea. We must try it in our back yard!!

12/21/2009 8:32:41 PM

I have wonderful memories of helping my grandmother in her greenhouse. This is certainly a clever and affordable way to have one. Thanks for sharing! (Isn't fresh lettuce fabulous?!)

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