With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to build a greenhouse to extend your growing season. While most greenhouses are expensive, this 4-foot-by-9-foot do-it-yourself version can be made relatively cheaply in just a few hours. It's called a hoop house, and it will change the way you garden.
The concept for this simple hoop house comes from Luke Richman-Zonka, a student at Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington, who is studying human ecosystem stewardship. This is his beginner hoop house, and he encourages users to get creative and build frames, doors, vents, and larger versions after they've learned the basics.
The Simple and Sweet Hoop House
Richman-Zonka recommends placing the hoop house on a plot with good drainage and suggests having it face south to maximize the heat it can get from the sun.
- 9 stakes (these can be anything from short pieces of rebar to bamboo)
- 5 pieces of 10-foot-long, 1-inch thick PVC pipe (use thicker pipe if you're building a larger hoop house)
- Roll of bailing twine
- Large roll of greenhouse plastic (measuring at least 16 feet wide and 30 feet long)
- Bag clamps or wire