Great work @Grub80. Could you please share some detail about how you made this?
I'm sure other Workshop members would find it helpful given the recent hot weather.
The hoop house is made from conduit lengths joined together by a cross joiner (only thing not purchased from Bunnings 😜), the cross joiners sourced from online. The conduit attached to the garden beds by saddle clips. Eyelets inserted into the shade cloth, and hemmed to run another piece of conduit for stability. The shade cloth was attached to the conduits using bungee clips with the round bobbles. The hoop house has been brilliant, our Veges are thriving, with no diseases as the wind can flow through very well. Next product is to build some more over the other beds 👍
Visitors to this popular project might like to also check out the fruits of @Grub80's project here - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Garden/Value-of-shade-growing-veges-in-summer/td-p/25291
hey Grub80 we would treally love more details on your project, dimensions of conjute, whats the best type to use. a rough plan of the pieces used and where the joins are?
hi @kelvinw, @Neecyau sorry for lateness of my reply but been busy staining the fence before the break of season 🤞. I have taken a few more photos to give you an idea of the construction and pieces used. Because the hoop house is home made, the measurements may not be relevant to your situation as your beds/garden will be different, however this is why the hoop house is great, as it works in all situations.
the most important concept is that you have to have enough ‘flex’ to create the bend in the conduit. We used 15ml water pipe. Unfortunately Ol mate (ie my clever Dad), built the hoop house first go, and when we installed it, the hoops all broke, so we realised that we had too many cross joiners in it. So, in other words we tried again! So we found to increase the height of the hoop itself worked better (around 2m) but attached to the fence with saddle clips around 1m) gave us ample clearance and Flex, to grow terrific tomatoes this year.
another trick with the pipe is to make sure you use primer first, the glue! Yep, we found this out too! Here’s to pictures with the shade cloth off, to show the bones so to speak. I hope you have great success, I know that making the initial investment can be costly, ie around $400 including the shade cloth, but after picking tomatoes from 8 plants from November through to March, through the horrendous hot and dry summer we have experienced in SA, the hoop house has made a significant savings in just one season. Good Luck, Leanne and Pau
thanks so much. i have a post i want to do soon also whenim less busy getting garden ready for winter and holidays
A very warm welcome to the community. We look forward to reading all about your own projects and plans. Please feel free to post whenever you need assistance or have something to share.