Cold Frame Hoop House Portable Greenhouse Setup : GardenFork.TV

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  1. ha ha. He said “screw up here.”

    May 2, 2014 at 4:07 am

  2. Built my hoop house over my 8 x 4 raised bed. My ends are not pretty, but
    it is a work in progress. It’s mid Oct and tomatoes are still flowering.
    Laid in collards and lettuce, and when the eggplant goes I will move the
    chard in from the large pot. Thanks

    Stephanie Marder
    May 2, 2014 at 4:21 am

  3. would a ridge pole make it too rigid? the beauty of this beast is that it
    can collapse on itself. i want to make a metal pipe cold frame more so i
    can play with the pipe bender. and i need a another cold frame, thx, eric.

    May 2, 2014 at 5:14 am

  4. Good work, Eric! I’ve just recieved some polythene that I e-bay’d for…am
    gonna try to make a small cold-frame with some of it and also lay some of
    it over some patches of soil for a week or two cuz it’s still verrrry cold
    here in England.

    May 2, 2014 at 6:08 am

  5. Eric? Who do you get your seeds from? Please let me know. Thank you !

    May 2, 2014 at 6:37 am

  6. yes, you could start tomatoes in december then! eric.

    May 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

  7. Wow snow still on the ground hehe, i thought our winters were cold.
    although i am in the southern hemisphere so am in autumn now. nights are
    getting colder but days are still warm. inside my greenhouse its like a
    summer heatwave.

    May 2, 2014 at 7:38 am

  8. Hey Eric, just use a stiff ridge pole fastened to your ends. Way cheaper
    than the metal conduit, and leaves the flexibility you need for the wind. I
    have a 16’x24′ “barn” made much the same way with tarp and grey pvc
    condiut, and it sheds all but the heaviest snow, though I do usually poke
    the roof from underneath with a fork handle before milking on snowy

    May 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

  9. does it get too hot despite having the thermal vent? For stability I’ve had
    luck with all PVC framed cold frames.

    James Campbell
    May 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

  10. Oh yes of course tomatoes will not grow in winter with this, but I was at
    least hoping to extend the season a bit by not having to keep them indoors
    at the windowsill until mid of May which is the date of the last possible
    frost here. After that datem tomatoes do well without a hoophouse outside,
    before, they will be in danger of freezing when it coold down at night. So
    I guess it is good only for plants that would grow without the hoophouse as
    well, though faster with hoophouse than without.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

  11. Yeah, I’ve been wanting to use the metal in some garden structures too.I
    have a couple of bundles waiting for the snow to melt off. As for the pvc,
    in my experience, I’ve used a firring strip or even an oak or other sapling
    or pole just down the center. It can still flex and bend with wind or snow
    load, but doesn’t completely come down on my plants. In the case of my
    barn, I can still walk in and push it up to clear it if it gets really
    buried. I’ll be watching to see what you build next! -Dave

    May 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

  12. Loving the vent idea. That will work great with our hoop house. We actually
    sun scorched some of our young plants last year because I left the plastic
    on too long during a warm sunny period. What are the min/max temps you
    would use as your guide to start transplanting seedlings into your hoop
    house beds?

    HM Mc
    May 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

  13. i am so glad i subscribed to you. Love every single one of your vids you

    May 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

  14. … or do you know a way to prevent the inside from going freezing? I did
    for emergency heating put in some small candles, but it is a pain to set
    them up in a way that is really safe and of course it is energy and money
    that is put in there.

    May 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

  15. 2 months ago? Really?

    May 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

  16. I am in Chicago, hope to garden into December.

    Stephanie Marder
    May 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  17. Hey Eric have you been ending your episodes with “Get out and do stuff ?”
    You may be forgetting lol

    May 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  18. Can’t use a cold frame here.. never need it. Its already in the 80 + temp.
    I am building a shade house this week to protect my soil from the hot
    summer temps.. Wish me luck, its quite large, 14 x 25 ft.. I’ll try to

    Budgie Land
    May 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

  19. this kind of hoop house will not keep tomatoes from freezing in winter
    temperatures. this hoop house can extend your tomato season by allowing you
    to plant your tomatoes a few weeks earlier, but not in freezing temps. you
    can grow kale and the like in this cold frame in the winter, you have to
    start the plants in the fall, they wont grow from seed in the middle of
    winter. thx! eric.

    May 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

  20. i just realized i completely forgot about the grow room photos. sorry about
    that. have to go find those. the “go out and do stuff” is a new phrase that
    kinda just came out of my head recently. too many of us just lean back and
    watch, i’m asking people to get up and go do stuff. thx!, eric.

    May 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  21. stay tuned for our next vid, which shows me starting seeds in this hoop
    house, and how warm the soil is inside the hoop house compared to just
    outside the cold frame. and yes, my hoop house cold frame greenhouse
    designs are inspired by Mr Coleman and his book.

    May 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

  22. for my climate the one vent works well, i think farther south one would
    need two of the vents. i am working on a few designs with metal pipe that i
    mbe could freecycle or find on a job site. use what you got, you know.. thx
    again, eric.

    May 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  23. yeah, the automatic greenhouse vent thing works great, one less thing to
    have to remember. i put salad and cabbage greens in the ground when the
    soil temp in the hoop house is 40F. thx! eric.

    May 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

  24. great to hear, plastic is always hard to bundle up at the end of the beds,
    thanks for sharing, eric.

    May 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  25. there is still 1′ of snow in my yard! eric.

    May 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm

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