The Raising of the First Hoop
A hoop house is a series of large hoops or bows—made of metal, plastic pipe or wood—covered with a layer of heavy greenhouse plastic. The plastic is stretched tight and fastened to baseboards with strips of wood, metal or wire. A hoop house is heated by the sun and cooled by the wind. Hoop houses can be erected over a patch of ground or rows of raised beds. We use ours to extend our growing season in the spring and fall and also to house heat loving crops in the summer, such as peppers.
Raising the first hoop was quite the learning process. It all started here. With Mom’s dream and knowledge of the earth. Dad was the main designer and engineer behind the project, and put in many long hours behind the scenes getting it all planned and laid out. We chose a nice spring day to add the main cover, and as it is all one piece, we had a little bit of downtime while we waited for the wind gusts to die down. Later on in further galleries, you will see the ENORMOUS sliding doors he engineered for each end, and how the sides roll up and down for ventilation on hot days.