my tunnels for fall and greenhouse film question
I got my tunnels prepped today. I did two of bent EMT that I bent with my foot. These had been on the summer crops for the last month and then I moved them today to kale and spinach. I love it!
Then the whole thing where I wanted a chunnel over 2 beds, remember everyone? I was trying to use 10 foot EMT, 3/4 inch tubing and rebar to make something around 9 feet wide, not 7 feet! with a half diameter of about 13 feet wide. First of all the poly tubing is so much firmer now in the cold, and secondly I wiggled and adjusted it until it went just right on the rebar to yield the right size properly strong hoops. To strengthen the connection area that had formerly been prone to bending (at the joint of the EMT and rebar if the EMT did not slide over the rebar), I cut some 1 inch heavy tubing to 6 inches long and used them as sleeves over the weak points. But most of the EMT went nicely into the rebar for a firm hoop the whole way 'round. Not shown in the pics is right before I left today I covered the chunnel with FRC I had made to 14 feet wide. It was almost a disaster since it was so windy and I didn't want it ripped but I got it on. There was hardly any overlap as predicted.
The question is this: So I had made this plan last winter to have these low tunnels that would need the 14 foot wide FRC and greenhouse film. I spent an arm and a leg on supplies and then they need a lot of tweaking! I am finally getting the results I wanted but I am afraid to put on the greenhouse film. It is still in its packaging. It was a 'cut to order' thing that is not returnable or perhaps with a restocking fee. It is 14x 108 or so to make 2 tunnels as described (was to be melons and tomatoes this spring but it never happened. so I put them on the brassicas with shade cloth but the tunnels were not strong as intended and it failed). So my choices are to use it now on my tunnel or to hold on to it for spring or to try to return or sell it.
Plain EMT low tunnels, one in foreground without row cover yet and one in background over kale with row cover. Also small wire hoop tunnels.
The chunnel over two beds, seems strong! This is where I could put half the greenhouse film if brave enough.
This is where the tunnels had been in summer. I moved some of the rebar and cut the extra tubing in half and made little tunnels. I still need to get the row cover on obviously. Hopefully I can get some done before it gets too windy tomorrow. It has been very cold and somewhat windy here. Very unpleasant.
Half the garden scape.