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.


1. New raised beds (see my previous post)


9. View from above.

Sourcing Hoops and Anchors

I purchased the anchors and hoops at Harrod Horticultural.

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18 Responses to “How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel”

  1. 1 df September 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    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.

  2. 2 Maggie September 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I like this idea. We are not growing on that kind of scale yet, but I will be interested to see how this works for you in your winter time.

  3. 4 small farms matter big September 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Just reviewed your blog. We share a common world view, no doubt.
    Question: Could you tell me a bit about the Charlton Estate Trust?

    • 5 charltonestatetrust September 10, 2012 at 5:52 am

      The trust own property which they wish to put to use for the long term benefit of both the trust’s beneficiaries and the biosphere. They are trying to use sustainable management techniques such as permaculture to achieve this. The trust is also mindful that the mankind is coming towards the end of the fossil fuel age and wish to safeguard the welfare of its beneficiaries through the Long Emergency.

  4. 6 feedingkenya September 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    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.

  5. 8 moonsprig September 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Wow! This is great. I have always wanted something like this in my yard. You have given me hope!

  6. 9 Promenade Claire September 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    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?

  7. 12 narf77 September 20, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Another really detailed and informative plan. I am SO glad that I found this blog! :)

  8. 14 solarbeez November 14, 2012 at 2:44 am

    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!

  9. 16 solarbeez December 17, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award

  1. 1 One Lovely Blog Award « Adventures in Natural Beekeeping Trackback on December 17, 2012 at 6:13 am

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