Monday, February 6, 2012
Is a Hoop House Right for You?
As it turns out, the woman had been growing spinach -- and other greens, presumably -- in her hoop house. Hoop houses -- sometimes also called hoop greenhouses -- are a reasonably cost-effective way to extend your growing season. They've caught on big-time since 2009, when the White House set a few up on the South Lawn, and was further popularized when the USDA set up a program to help farmers in 38 states get their own hoop houses up and running.
You can buy a kit for a few hundred dollars, or build your own with PVC pipes and plastic sheeting. It's an affordable alternative to a greenhouse, and can extend your growing season considerably.
It's something to think about. On a day like today, the idea of fresh-picked greens sure sounds tempting, doesn't it?
Pictured: Interior of hoop house. It's actually two 8 x 12 Foot Weatherguard 63012 's put together.