How we made low tunnel hoops to extend our growing season.
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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://blog.cleanslatefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/end-cap-e1376773533146.jpg” captiontext=”A detail of the PVC T connecting the perlin (top brace) to the hoops.” imgtitle=”PVC T fitting to connect the purlin/top brace to the low tunnel hoops”]
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Last year we had a cold frame to grow some early season leafy greens for the table. Success? Well…kind of. This year the cold frame will be for hardening off the seedlings we start in soil blocks.
We also built a PVC test low tunnel hoops that showed a lot of promise, until Calvin the cat ripped it open chasing water droplets. However it did stand up to the high winds we have during the fall, winter, and spring.