Hoop House Gardening: A DIY Build

This year we decided to up our gardening game by adding a hoop house (which is basically a cheap greenhouse). We looked at kits you can buy online, but Ryan felt like he could build a bigger, better one for less money.

Inside view of a large high tunnel hoop house.

And so, the DIY hoop house gardening experiment began. Ryan measured, bought materials, and got to work building the frame. He ended up using PVC pipe, which he secured in the ground with concrete. 

Apparently PVC pipe can erode polyethylene plastic, so we put some tape on the PVC pipe to create a barrier. Hopefully that helps give us a little more use out of our plastic.

The outside of a large high tunnel hoop house.

We first attached the plastic with PVC clips, but we soon learned that they pop right off in a wind storm… So we ended up putting a screw through each clamp. So far it’s holding up well. Only time will tell!

Our plants seem to like the warmer environment. I planted some tomato seeds that I thought for sure were goners, but they popped up!! We’re gonna have twice as many tomatoes as anticipated… Even the eggplant is beginning to emerge! 

Tomato plants growing in containers.
Tomato plants with wheat growing in the background
Brussels sprouts and broccoli growing in rows.
Brussels sprouts and broccoli
A small patch of oatgrass.
Oat grass
Pole beans growing in rows... A bad way to grow pole beans.
Pole beans
Garden rows with sprouting vegetables.
Spinach, sunflowers, and lettuces
Tomato plant with a teepee style support.
Another tomato plant
Watermelon sprout.
Watermelon popped up with the wheat! I thought it was dead…
Brandywine tomato plant with flowers.
Flowers on my brandywine tomato plants ❤

For details on how we ventilate the hoop house on hotter days, check out the post Ventilating The Hoop House.

A look at how we built our large high tunnel hoop house, and what we've got growing inside.
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