I have been working out the low tunnel ideas for spring. On the MN forum there is someone else trying for the same thing so we have been brainstorming.
The problems I have are 1. can't ask to put a big permanent high tunnel on the 1/2 acre I rent 2. want to extend the season and also extend greens into summer with shade fabric 3. My beds are about 3.5 feet wide and paths about 2.5 feet wide= 6 feet for both.
So all the low tunnel needs are set up for Eliot Coleman's sized beds- just over 2 feet. So the 6 foot wide tunnel benders and 10 foot wide coverings will cover 2 of his size beds. Damn it, mine are wider! It makes sense to have them wider to make the most of the space but the usual 6 foot wide tunnels would only cover 1 bed! What a waste. So Soilent and I have been talking about making our own tunnels the way we want them. That is fine for the frame but all the FRC, film and shade fabric don't come in the right sizes!
So perhaps I should just give in and get the bender and make one low tunnel for each bed I want to cover, starting with 2. I can use EMT or whatever you call it, and the appropriate easy to find coverings.
What do you think?
If I get a bender should I go with the 4 foot wide and high one or 6 foot wide, 3 feet high one. Should I redo all my beds again sometime?