Making a Hoop House for Winter Vegetable Growing

Many gardeners take the winter season off from gardening. They work hard from early spring through late far then take a little break but you don't have to stop growing vegetables in your garden just because the weather has changed. One way to continue growing vegetables in cold weather is to construct a hoop house. A hoop house is simply an unheated greenhouse type structure that will help keep the temperatures several degrees warmer. In areas with mild winters a hoop house can allow you to continue growing all the way through the winter. Hoop houses can be made of many different types of materials. In this post you will see one way to put together an economical, small hoop house for your garden. (The materials for this project were furnished by Lowe's as a part of the Creative Bloggers Network!) How to Make a Hoop House for Winter Vegetable…

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Build a Mini-Hoop House to Get an Early Start on the Garden

This winter has been cold and nothing if not unpredictable. Here in Tennessee we're experiencing a warm day every now and then followed by extreme cold. Hopefully now that March has arrived and spring is close things will be shaping up very soon. With that in mind I put together a project that will help me to get a jump start on my vegetable planting this season: a mini-hoop house. I grow most of my vegetables from seed and a hoop house is an ideal way to thwart the cold and get those spring and summer vegetables started early.  Lowe's provided my materials for this project as part of their Creative Ideas program. A hoop-house is essentially a greenhouse. Typically a hoop house will cover a garden area to heat it up enough to extend the season.  Once warm temperatures arrive they can be taken down or covered with another…

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Harbor Freight Greenhouse – After High Winds

Wouldn't you know it?  The day after I post a review on the Harbor Freight Greenhouse I just installed in our backyard a storm system with strong winds comes though to give it a test. I spent most of the evening worried that I would be wandering around our neighborhood searching for plastic window panels.  Fortunately that fear did not become a reality but the greenhouse did not come through unscathed. One roof panel detached itself and ended up landing a few feet away.  This tells me that my initial concern over the clips not holding the panels on well was well founded.  The winds were very strong last night but not the strongest kind of winds like we usually get in March.  The panels definitely need to be secured better.  Screws with washers to be used as spacers are one option.  Caulk will also help to serve as a…

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Harbor Freight Greenhouse Evaluation

Back in the fall I took advantage of a sale at the discount retailer Harbor Freight and bought myself a greenhouse.  It was a small greenhouse at only 6'x8' in size which would be about 48 square feet of space.  I've always heard gardeners say that no matter what size greenhouse you have you will always need more space!  I figured before spending a bunch of money on greenhouses I should test small and inexpensive one to see how it goes then move up from there.  I primarily need to use the greenhouse in the early spring as a growing location for sprouted seeds that need to be moved from my seed starting shelves to clear space for more seedlings. The construction of this greenhouse took me a while.  I was assembling it by myself and only working on comfortable days outdoors - and in the winter comfortable days can…

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No Lexus for This Gardener

I'm sure you've seen the commercial. The one where a couple is in an elevator, then elevator music happens and they recognize it as the theme song to Lexus commercials.  That's when it dawns on the unsuspecting member of the couple that the other one is giving them a Lexus for Christmas.  Those commercials are driving me nuts.  I don't want a Lexus, sure they are nice cars, but I'm much more pratical than that. Here's what I would like the commercial to be selling.  A greenhouse!  It's a practical gift for any gardener that just happens to be a dream gift for them too!  Imagine the cost difference too.  The starting price for the cheapest Lexus is about $33,000.  What kind of greenhouse could you get for $33,000? Hmm...let's take a look at some greenhouses: In the around $1000 range you can find this Snap and Grow greenhouse at…

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How to Choose a Greenhouse

Recently a representative of Hartley Botanic asked if I would be interested in hosting a guest post. Since I knew of the beautiful designs for the Hartley collection of greenhouses I suggested she put together a post about how to choose a greenhouse. And here it is! Choosing the right greenhouse You would think that a greenhouse is an easy purchase, and that all your really need is a green box with glass windows. Right?  Well you would actually be surprised how many options are available and how finding the right one can play a vital part in the growing process. The questions you need to ask yourself are: How much room can I provide for the greenhouse? What am I most likely to grow?  Where will I position it?  Just like with many other things in life there are maintenance and running costs attached to owning a greenhouse. Running…

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Two Gables Down!

The siding work on the two gables for the garden shed have been completed! It's really starting to come together. I can't wait to get in there and start working on something other than the building!

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My Garden Shed’s Backdoor

The siding is mostly up except for the gables and the almost secret doors are in place! You can see a picture of the backside of my greenhouse garden shed over on the greenhouse page. It's not often that I will encourage people to look at my backside, but for the greenhouse I'll make an exception! ;)

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