Micro Hoop House

jbest123(Zone 5 PA)August 24, 2007

I'm not working, its 92 Deg outside so I'm thinking about winter. Do you think a plastic storage tote would work for a micro hoop house? Its base is 32in X 17in, I painter 3 sides and the top white, leaving the side facing North unpainted so I could check on mouse or mole baits. John (Zone 5)

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

for what crop?

with the fence right there... coulndt you strap on some 1 x 2 ....then make a square ... and hinge it.. and cover it with plastic .... and just make a lean to and have a lot more size and flexibility ????


    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 8:37AM
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jbest123(Zone 5 PA)

Hi Ken. This is for winter protection of newly rooted cuttings. It is painted to keep the sun from heating the soil in the spring. Most of the winter damage comes from the repeated freeze/thaw cycles that we get here in zone 5 in early spring. I plan to prepare multable units to cover the hole bed. I chose this method because they are very easy to place and they stack inside each other for storage. I plan to hinge a peice of lattic to the fence and suspend the front with chains to provide partial shade in the summer. John

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 10:29AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i see you other post where it appears you using such inside a greenhouse ...

but i just have a sneaky feeling that they are too small for outdoors ... too hot.. too fast.. regardless of paint ... i have no experience .... just a gut feeling ...

where in zone 5 are you ... and what are you propagating???

in my zone 5 ... presuming they are zone rated plants ... the key to success in winter .. is ... GET IT FROZEN DORMANT>> KEEP IT FROZEN DORMANT ... too hot in the middle of winter .. and they are goners ...

just throwing the issues out there for you ... again .. i have no experience in this particular area ...

the link is to arrowhead alpines near Brighton MI .... they use nearing frames.. which was the idea behind my suggestion regarding the fence .... also try Google with the term NEARING FRAME for a few other links ...

good luck


Here is a link that might be useful: nearing frames

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 8:13AM
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jbest123(Zone 5 PA)

Hello Ken, I live app. 30mi NNE of Pittsburgh and plan to propagate landscape plants and perinials. The containers I use for rooting cuttings are a good bit smaller than the totes. Three rooting chambers will fit in one tote. My lot is about 1/2 acre, so I must maximize the use of space. I think if we have an extended thaw in the middle of winter there will be problems no matter what size you use.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 9:47AM
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