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How to Build a Hoop House

Learn how to build a hoop house to manipulate the growing season, protect plants from insects and weather, and increase your garden’s output.



Cut several pieces of plastic tubing into 5- to 6-foot lengths, or lengths that will allow the tubing to arch about a foot above your plants when they are mature. You want the hoops to arch crosswise over the bed. Position the stakes in each corner of the bed and then directly across from each other at 3-foot intervals. Pound the stakes into the ground, leaving 8 to 10 inches of each one exposed. To make each arch, slide the tubing over a stake, bow it crosswise over the bed, and slide the other end of the tubing over the stake on the opposite side of the bed.
Photo By Jim Henkens
Drape plastic, row cover fabric or shade cloth over the arches. Cut the material to fit, making sure you leave extra that can be weighed down or staked into place.
Photo By Jim Henkens
Secure by clipping the fabric/plastic to the arched tubing using garden clips (manufactured expressly to clasp material to hoop house frames) or large binder clips. Use bricks to weigh down the material, or buy special row cover clamps that fasten to the row cover and then stake into the ground.
Photo By Jim Henkens
This easy-to-build, inexpensive structure allows you to manipulate the growing season and protect plants from pests.
Photo By Jim Henkens
Secure by clipping the fabric/plastic to the arched tubing using garden clips (manufactured expressly to clasp material to hoop house frames) or large binder clips. Use bricks to weigh down the material, or buy special row cover clamps that fasten to the row cover and then stake into the ground.
Photo By Jim Henkens





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