We took advantage of a beautiful February day to build our wee hoop house today! Here’s the materials list:
(3) 6 foot 2×4 pieces of construction lumber
(3) pieces conduit
(6) 8 inch galvanized carriage bolts
Roll of plastic sheeting (we used 6mm)
(4) corner brackets
First, start with a plan:
Adam was not satisfied until we could come up with a plan for a hoop house that could be taken apart, so this was where we finally landed: a wooden frame with a lip that would fit snugly on top of the stock tank, with 6 bolts sticking up from it that the conduit pipes could slide on to. Plastic on top. So we will be able to disassemble it relatively easily and store it over the summer months.
We started by building the frame. The exact size depends on the raised bed/stock tank/whatever you want to cover. Ours was very specific: 5.5 feet x 2 feet, with curved edges. Kinda tough to fit, but we got it to work. Note the lip, this is so it fits securely over the edges. This was similar to making a picture frame. 45 degree angles, corner brackets, a bit of wood glue.
Next it was time to bend the conduit pipe into the hoop shape. This turned out to be surprisingly easy, since we had the stock tank right there to use as a template. The kids were amazed at Dad’s superhuman strength.
Cutting the conduit hoops down to size…
Measuring, marking, drilling holes…
Adding the carriage bolts…
Fitting it onto the stock tank (to be filled with more soil and compost later).
Plastic, stapled along the bottom of the long edges, main access/venting will be through either end of the tunnel and also by lifting off the entire hoop structure — it’s quite light weight. We simply tacked down each end with a thumbtack.
And there you have it — a mini hoop house-style green house for our little stock tank garden. We’re starting with one this year, and if it performs spectacularly, we will make two more for our smaller tanks. Next up: I will start seeds for lettuce and greens this week, to plant them out in late March or early April, depending on the weather. What a fun project!