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How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel

This blog follows-on from my earlier one about Raised Bed Construction.  I show the reader how I constructed a hoop-tunnel for the raised beds.  It is my intention to plant winter vegetables in these beds.  I shall cover the hoops with a horticultural fleece when the weather becomes colder, hopefully this will promote plant growth over the winter.

Before

1. New raised beds (see my previous post)

After

9. View from above.

Sourcing Hoops and Anchors

I purchased the anchors and hoops at Harrod Horticultural.

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18 thoughts on “How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel

  1. We’re planning to continue growing certain veggies through our cold Canadian winter in our coldhouse, using the same method of adding row cover over the crops. This is a really nice little how-to.

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  2. I wish you luck !! We’ve been using that method in PA for a number of years now and it’s lovely to dig out thru a meter of snow to the cold house & harvest root crops & lettuces for dinner or to send home fresh with guests. We use a double layer of plastic with an air space, and because it gets as low as -10F a ‘frost blanket’ over the veggies. For the first 2 years, we used an insulated tarp like is used in the forestry industry to keep tree seedlings from freezing – but the frost blanket (rather like quilt batting) doesn’t need additional row / bed hoops to keep it off of the plants. It also lasts longer than the plastic tarp. @Maggie. You don’t need a tremendous amount of space to do this – but it does work much better with a raised bed than not.

  3. I’ve wante dto build a hoop house for some years, but have resisted the temptation so far as I’m worried about strong winds, living on the coast it can get a bit breezy! Do you know how well this kind of design stands up to string winds?

  4. I’ve been using a similar method of raised beds since ’96 with much success. You’ve done a great job showing all the steps. Well done!

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