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#1 Lovintractorin OFFLINE  

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Posted December 30, 2011 - 08:23 AM

Here is a brief overview of our hoophouse build a couple of years ago. We live right in the city of Buffalo and are renting about 2 acres of land (27 adjacent lots) for a dollar a year. Sounds pretty good but the only problems is, is that there were houses here, so we are dealing with old foundations and sidewalks and junk clay fill. Lots of work, but the only land we can really afford and my father felt a calling to bring fresh produce to the east side of Buffalo where there is mainly Save A Lot, fast food or corner stores.

To start building the hoophouse, we selected the place for the it to maximize sun on the hoophouse and the keep it away from trees which might drop a branch and damage the plastic.
So with the location selected and it measured out with stakes and string we put up the first hoop to see how it was gonna work.

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Once we had it figured out Dad started framing out the end in that first hoop.

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Then we drove sections of 1 3/4 inch (about 4.5 cm) in the ground for the legs of the hoops made of 1 3/8 inch (about 3.5 cm) to slip into.

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While the layout was figured out and the small pipes were being cut and driven into the ground some of the guys were bending the hoops out of two sections of pipe which fit together at the ends. Unfortunately there were no pictures taken of the pipe bending jig but I tried to describe it here.
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Once all the short larger pipes were driven into the ground it was simple and easy to grab a hoop and insert each end into the pipes and then repeat with the next one.

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Once enough of the hoops were installed some guys started working on the bracing down the ridge.

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Once the all the hoops were completed the other end wall was built with a single door and framing for a vent in the future.

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I think that was it for the first day.

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The following day we did much of the bracing and plywooded the end wall.

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We attached 2x4's along the first bend on the walls (see left wall in above picture) to attach the plastic to and for a solid attachment when we made the sides roll-up-able at a later date.
This was our completed hoophouse before the plastic was put up.

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Here is what the completed hoophouse looked like when we put the compost in, right after planting, as it grew, and finally the jungle later in the summer.

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Here is the exterior in the summer and the rock pile. We installed roll up side two years ago and these pictures are from the same year.

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It is still going pretty well. We get a little vandalism but not too much to deal with. We want to install drip irrigation to save on watering labor and we want to figure out a way to make the hoophouse portable. Put it on skids or something. Rains and snow do a lot for the soil and when it all has to be done by hand, it get's pretty tiring. We set up a rainwater collecting system to save on the water bill. I can post some about that when I get the time. My mom has a blog on the garden at this link.

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If you all want more pictures of a certain part let me know and I'll see if we got any. I'll also try to post a picture of our compost and manure pile we have out there right now waiting to be spread in the appropriate places while I wish for a front end loader:D.

Edited by Lovintractorin, December 31, 2011 - 07:25 AM.

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Posted December 30, 2011 - 12:02 PM

Tucker thanks for the pictures but for some reason only a few of them showed up. Others have a ? where the photo should be. It sounds like a great venture, bringing fresh produce to urban folks. I had a quick look at your web site and have bookmarked it. The hoop house looks great.
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Posted December 30, 2011 - 12:27 PM

That's strange with the pictures not showing up. They show for me. I may have to re-upload them.

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Posted December 30, 2011 - 04:40 PM

That's strange with the pictures not showing up. They show for me. I may have to re-upload them.


How many pictures did you post, I only see 2
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Posted December 30, 2011 - 04:47 PM

How many pictures did you post, I only see 2


I re-posted the pictures differently. Hope it is working now. There should be 19 pictures.

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Posted December 30, 2011 - 05:22 PM

I only see two. That is a project high on my projects list for my acreage. What I see has me very interested.
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Posted December 30, 2011 - 05:26 PM

Still not working?

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Posted December 30, 2011 - 05:30 PM

Still not working?


All the pictures are there now


Thats quite the setup you got there
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Posted December 30, 2011 - 06:56 PM

All the pictures are there now


Thats quite the setup you got there


Good and thanks. But I am only a part of work force and some of the ideas. Mostly my parents.

Here are some pictures of the rainwater collecting system we built.
The single tank is on our garage, the double is on our house and the triple 55 gal tanks and 1550 gal tank are on some of our neighbor's houses and garage. We have a little door for access to the big tank outlet though the fence for fill barrels. We have one more 1550 gallon tank we haven't set up yet.

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 03:05 AM

Very nice idea. Best of luck on this undertaking.
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Posted December 31, 2011 - 05:26 AM

Thanks for the photos Tucker.Oh,and I am able to see all of them.
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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:06 AM

Thanks for the pictures and descriptions of the hoop house , it's a lot bigger then I thought it was going to be . Please keep us posted of what your doing/growing in it , Al
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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:21 AM

Thanks guys for the comments.

Thanks for the pictures and descriptions of the hoop house , it's a lot bigger then I thought it was going to be . Please keep us posted of what your doing/growing in it , Al


The hoophouse is 72' long by 21.5' wide. Kind of a strange dimensions but that is how it turned out. I will try to keep you all posted with what is going on in the hoophouse.

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 10:05 AM

Thanks guys for the comments.

The hoophouse is 72' long by 21.5' wide. Kind of a strange dimensions but that is how it turned out. I will try to keep you all posted with what is going on in the hoophouse.


That looks like it worked out real well!
Curious to see where you bought the roofing/walls?
Thanks for sharing.
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Posted December 31, 2011 - 12:53 PM

That is a great project. I'm glad you were able to repair the photographs. I think it is a great idea. I wish more people would come together to do things like this. I'm glad you and your family have. Right in Buffalo too. That's really neat. Please keep us up on what is going on there. Thanks for posting it.
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