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Post Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:36 am
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Just a quick post to show a picture of how one can mitigate the effects of cold weather and wind. We can discuss this in more detail if there is interest shown.

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Post Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:44 am

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In our area, I would worry about the snow load collapsing the plastic. A walapini might work better, but we don't have a south facing aspect on our property.

Post Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:53 am
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Although we don't get nearly as much snow as you it was never a problem. Always seemed to just slide off. Of course that brings up the issue of maintenance! :sad puppy:

Our big issue is the wind. Took us a couple of years to figure out how to keep the plastic on. HINT: cinder block are heavier than 2 x 4's.

Post Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:30 am
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A friend of mine has built one of these with a shade cloth covering, and people around here use the same principle to cover trees to keep out birds and fruit fly. (Not with plastic of course)
I reckon it's a brilliant and cheap design and great for creating micro climates.
You poor guys with ALL THAT SNOW!!! :crying:

In my area, this would be great to start seedlings in winter for spring planting. I've never had a hot house....it would be something to consider.

Post Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:25 pm

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IdahoHerbalist, what are the plants on the hillside behind your hoop house?

Post Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:55 pm

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Read books written by Elliot Coleman. He has an excellent system for keeping the plastic on in wind. I know someone who follows his protocol and high bitter cold winds came and her winter crops were safe. If the bitter cold wind gets to the plants, the crops are very quickly destroyed.

Plus, his methods support growing commercial crops in the winters back east. He has learned how to keep harvests coming through winter.

Post Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:19 am
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One of the things Elliot has taught is that a hoop house moves your garden 500 miles South (unless you are in upside down land).

Post Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:42 pm
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That sounds like it would be a good read Granny. There's flower farms around here that have their hot houses demolished in some of our storms.

Oh Idaho.....there are people who believe that one day the world will flip....and then you'll realise you're on the best side of the planet at long last! :thumb: you'll be chanting, Americy, Americy, Oi, Oi, Oi. (Now that will be an "exceptional" national chant) :Laugh:

Post Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:40 pm
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I bought a cheap used green house this year with plans to set it over my Ashwagandha bed. I was too lazy to build a hoop house. Alas, it turned out I was also too lazy to put it on the bed before it all froze. It was a great idea....ah well, maybe next year.

Doc

Post Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:41 pm
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Steven, you need to poke some ginger and turmeric roots under that thing and see if they'll survive the winter!

Doc

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